Remember that time we ate salad and I promised you more salads this year? Yeah, me neither. We’ve had five desserts since the last time we chomped down a salad together, but since every good summer BBQ should be made up of equal parts vegetables and ice cream, I’m sharing this super simple sesame ginger miso cucumber salad as we head into cook-out season.
(And if you haven’t figured out which flavors of ice cream you’re making for the weekend shindig, might I recommend coconut vanilla bean, chamomile honeycomb, or strawberry chocolate chip? Probably you’ll need all three.)
Keep this cucumber salad tucked away for when you’re recovering from your National Donut Day hangover.
For my 30th birthday this year, we had some friends over for an epic dessert potluck – the birthday party of my childhood dreams. Who doesn’t love a room full of dessert? Among the spread, Karen brought these mint marshmallow brownies, Alanna showed up with mini lemon tarts similar to this, and Phi picked up on my offhand plea for smoked chocolate and turned it into a rich smoked chocolate tart. My contribution was three dozen chocolate cupcakes with matcha frosting.
And it was epic. I skipped dinner and stuffed sweets in my face until I couldn’t fit another cookie. Unlike a sugar-high kid, you’d think an adult has the capacity to know her limit, but in this dessert heaven, I lost all control and woke up the next day with a massive sugar hangover. Apparently that’s a thing that can happen.
I regret nothing.
If you treated National Donut Day like my dessert spree, you’re probably aching for something green. Like this salad – even if carrots are the only actual vegetables in it. Since cucumbers and edamame are technically fruits, I suppose we should call this a fruit salad.
The line between vegetables, fruits, and legumes is all too blurry for me though. If you show up to the potluck calling this a fruit salad you’ll get all kinds of confused looks. And definitely don’t try adding cool whip to it. (If you lived through the 90s, don’t give me that look like you’ve never had a fruit salad tossed with cool whip).
Here I’ve spent an entire post about salad talking about ice cream, donuts, and other indulgent sweets. This cucumber salad deserves a moment. The whole thing comes together in a jiff, but tastes much more unique than your average cook-out salad. Topped with toasted sesame seeds, this salad is slightly nutty and a tad spicy wrapped up with a delicate white miso. With cool fresh cucumbers, it’s sure to disappear quickly.
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Sesame Ginger Miso Dressing