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Hot and Sour Cucumber Sticks

Hot and Sour Cucumber Sticks

From China
Look no further than these slightly spicy cucumber sticks if you are looking for something light to nibble without adding loads of calories.

Serves: 4 / Ready in: 45 minutes / Calories per serving: 120

Great for: heart healthy, healthy snack, low calorie, vegan

Nutrients: fiber, sugar, vitamins C and B6, manganese, magnesium, potassium

Ingredients for cucumber sticks:

  • 2 European-style organic cucumbers, ends trimmed, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons black dry roasted sesame seeds (see below how to roast)

Ingredients for hot and sour dressing:

  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup organic raw sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon unprocessed sea salt
  • 2 small fresh red chilies, stemmed, seeded, and chopped


  1. With a small spoon, scrape out the seeds in each cucumber half. Cut each half lengthwise into thin stripes and then cut into 1 1/2-inch long sticks.
  2. Prepare hot and sour dressing with listed ingredients. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Then stir into the cucumber bits.
  3. Roast the black sesame seeds in a pan at medium heat without oil. They are ready when they are slightly aromatic - take care not to burn.
  4. Stir the sesame oil into the cucumbers 30 minutes before serving. When ready to serve, remove the cucumbers from the oil with a slotted spoon and add the roasted sesame seeds.

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