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Picnic Set - Cucumber & Pasta Salad

Leftover Downlow Chicken with some summer salads in the park. There’s a dollop of baba ghanoush on the plate with carrot sticks too.

Smashed Cucumber Salad

I make a quick version of this cucumber salad — which is technically “smashed cucumber salad” that I had for the first time at Nine Dishes.

  • chopped cucumber, smashed first if you like — long English or Japanese or Persian Muji cukes; field cukes are too filled with seeds and moisture
  • a couple of cloves of garlic, minced or run through a garlic press
  • chopped cilantro (optional)
  • minced jalapeño or red pepper flakes or fresh red chili :hot_pepper: or other spicyness to taste — the original has chilies as well as Szechuan peppercorn
  • green onion, minced
  • sesame oil
  • rice wine vinegar
  • soy sauce
  • sesame seeds (optional)

Pasta Salad with Olives and Basil

  • fusilli pasta, cooked
  • jar of sliced black kalamata olives, drain and reserve the liquid
  • bunch of basil, minced
  • 2-3 red bell peppers, chopped

Mix about half the olive juice with 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard and 2 Tbsp olive oil. Add fresh black pepper. Toss and let sit to soak in flavours.