Lately, I've been keeping a list of all of my favorite dishes that my Mom made while I was growing up. My Mother isn't a trained chef, nor is she an elaborate cook, but everything she makes tastes so good! It took me up until the last few years to figure out that even though she would substitute items (which drove me crazy) and plan meals last minute with random items in the kitchen, everything tasted delicious, because it was filled with love. As the matriarch of her family, she always made sure that love was present in every aspect of the home, and that included our meals. Even though her children are grown, and we are all more than capable of fending for ourselves, anytime one of us is over, she always makes sure to ask, "Are you hungry? Would you like something to eat? There is some ______ in the fridge." I love that, and am so grateful for her.
One of her simple go-to recipes was her cucumber sesame salad. I'm guessing it was a staple because a) it was easy to make, and b) it was another way for us to eat our vegetables. Now, I didn't ask her for this recipe, I am completely guessing, but it tastes exactly like hers, so I think I guessed right.
Susan's Cucumber Sesame Salad, 6 servings
1 cucumber 1/4 c. rice vinegar 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
Rinse, peel and slice cucumber into 1/4 inch pieces. Place in bowl, and toss with rice vinegar. On low heat, dry toast sesame seeds in a small skillet until lightly golden. This is essential, as it really brings out the flavor of the sesame seeds. Stir them into the cucumbers, and you're all set.
This salad is great as a side dish, snack or even a light meal. Thanks, Mom!