CUCUMBER RIBBON SALAD WITH ASIAN DRESSING (for four)
¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar
½ teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon soy sauce
½ teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1-1/2 seedless cucumbers (usually plastic-wrapped)
1. Combine vinegar and sugar in a very small saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature, then stir in soy sauce and sesame oil.
2. Cut whole cucumber crosswise in half. With mandoline, cut cucumbers lengthwise into 1/8 inch thick ribbons. Toss cucumbers with dressing in a bowl and let stand for 5 minutes before serving. (Do not let dressed salad stand for more than 20 minutes before serving or it will become soggy).
from The Gourmet Cookbook