Tahini and Chilli Cucumber Salad
A well-balanced starter or mezze, this tahini and chilli cucumber salad recipe is refreshing, rich, and nutty in flavour. It’s easy to prepare, allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your date this Valentine’s Day.
An ode to my favourite chinese smashed cucumber salad, this delicious, umami-packed salad is zingy, spicy, and creamy all in one bite. This smooth, rich tahini dressing and crrrrrunchy cucumber salad is an easy recipe to keep in your back pocket for date night. It takes only 8 steps and 6 ingredients to put this quick and easy dish together.
Not only does it work as a starter or side, you can also prepare this versatile recipe ahead of time. That means you don’t keep your dinner guests, or date, waiting. Get ahead of dinner by making your creamy tahini sauce 1 or 2 days before, and prep the cucumber in advance. Simply keep it all refrigerated and plate up in 5 minutes when you are ready to serve.
How do you make cucumbers more tasty?
The flavours of this recipe are inspired by the Asian style smashed (or smacked) cucumber salad. While we haven’t smashed our cucumber in this recipe, the flavours are still bang on.
The trick to a great cucumber salad is to salt your cucumber slices to draw out excess moisture. By process of osmosis, the salt will absorb the water. This leaves you with a drier cucumber and more flavourful salad (because no one likes a watery salad). And if you decide to smash your cucumbers, this will help in soaking up the delicious, delectable dressing.
To add some flair to the presentation of your salad, we suggest you alternate the direction of the knife while cutting the cucumber slices. This provides more interesting shapes, which looks impressive on plating up, and adds texture to each bite.
Moreish means more-ish
If you love the tahini dressing that we’ve paired with this salad, then simply double (or even triple) the ingredients. If you make a larger batch, then store in your fridge and use it to amp up other dishes throughout the week. Enjoy it with falafels, on a burger, or even spread on some toast – we love it with some paratha!
If you try this recipe, let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo #theculinarycartel on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. And if you are looking for more inspiration this Valentine’s Day, then try out some of our other recipes on our website. View our instagram video here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make this gluten-free?
This dish is gluten free! Enjoy!
Can I make this vegan?
Absolutely! Just make sure to use a vegan butter in place of the dairy butter.
What if I can only find a thick chipotle?
If you are using a paste, then we suggest adding a few drops of water to turn it into a drizzling consistency.