Since seeing SusanV’s Korean-Style Cucumber Salad on Fat Free Vegan the other day, I’ve been thinking about it. Although I probably could, like SusanV, eat it as a meal, I accompanied it with a quick hot meal that used up some veggies I need to get rid of.
Korean Cucumber Salad
adapted from Fat Free Vegan
2 cucumbers, thinly sliced
1/2 white onion, thinly sliced
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp Korean red chili flakes (these are pretty mild; if you can’t find them, use much less cayenne), or to taste
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp sesame oil
Thinly slice the cucumber, using a mandolin, food processor, or your trusty chef’s knife:
Do the same with the onion.
Juice the lemon half.
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.
Refrigerate for at least half an hour.
Thrown-together Korean-like vegetable meal
My premise with this dish was if I was going for a Korean theme, I could clean out my crisper drawers and just toss the veggies with some gochujang. So that’s what I did. I had much of a very large zucchini, which I sliced on the mandolin (thicker than the cucumber):
I sliced up a couple of carrots:
And two small heads of broccoli, the florets of which I microwaved for a minute because I prefer to partially cooking my broccoli before stir-frying.
In a small bowl, I mixed together 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste), 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, 1 drop stevia, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, and 1 tablespoon water.
Then I heated up a wok, added some oil and then the carrots, which I stir fried for a minute or two:
Then I added the zucchini slices (which I chopped in half first, as they were very large), and fried for about three minutes:
I added the broccoli and cooked just long enough to heat it …
… and finally added the sauce, stirring to combine and heat.
Served with rice made in a rice cooker, this meal took maybe 15 minutes to prepare. Not the most exciting meal in the world (and probably very inauthentic), though the cucumbers were yummy, but it was filling, healthy, and tasted good. And I’m free of cucumbers and zucchini!! (Until I visit the farmer’s market Wednesday morning…)