Recipe Corner: Cucumber, Onion and Chili Salad


imgresBy Christine Vartanian Datian
3 medium cucumbers, peeled, thinly sliced
1 small red onion, finely chopped or minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2-3 scallions, finely chopped
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/2 medium red or yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
3-4 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar and 1 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
1 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
Toasted almonds or sesame seeds (optional)

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss a few times with the rice wine vinegar and sesame oil. Taste to check seasonings. Cover and chill overnight or at least 2-3 hours before serving. To serve, transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with toasted almonds or sesame seeds, if desired.
Serves 4.
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