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Cucumber Relish

  • Yield: Makes about 1 1/2 cups


  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • Sprinkle the cucumber with the salt and let drain in a colander for 20 minutes. Pat dry in kitchen towels. In a bowl, combine the cucumber slices with the remaining ingredients. Adjust the seasoning, to taste. Serve slightly chilled.