Cucumber is used all throughout Asia as a side to spicy dishes.
And for good reason.
And it's cooling.
That in in itself is a good enough reason as any to treat yourself to this lovely salad that takes only minutes to prepare. Chances are, you have just about everything already sitting in your pantry.
It does need a mandolin for evenly cut slices. The rest is easy - some finely sliced red onion, a scatter of edamame seeds, rice wine vinegar (Mirin), honey, sesame oil, a touch of garlic and salt.
A sprinkle of cayenne to finish it off and there you have it. What a great hot weather side to roasted meats and spicy stir-fries!