Cucumber salad – Jamies 30 minute menus

I saw Jamie making this salad on tv as part of his Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals series and thought I’d give it a try. We were doing a barbecue, we usually do vegetable kebabs and have a basic salad with a barbecue but I fancied a change so I decided I’d make a variety of salads.  This was quite quick to make and looked pretty. When we came to eat it was very popular, I’d definitely make it again but I think I’d reduce the quantities of dressing, as there seemed to be a little too much dressing but I wouldn’t reduce the quantity of sesame oil as it wasn’t at all noticeable. (I’ve given Jamie’s quantities below for the dressing but adjust to your taste). Since I wasn’t using coriander leaves in any other dish I didn’t bother messing around with coriander stalks and haven’t included that step. The soy sauce in the dressing does make it most suitable as a side dish for any oriental  dishes but it can be used more widely. It would be a great salad to put into individual bowls as part of a Japanese meal.


  • 2cm piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cucumber
  • Small handful of fresh coriander
  • ½ a fresh red chilli


  1. Peel and grate 2cm of fresh ginger on to a serving platter and add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. Squeeze in the juice of 1 lime, then check the seasoning.
  2. Use a speed-peeler to peel the cucumber in long ribbons over the platter. Discard the watery core.
  3. Finely chop ½ a chilli and sprinkle over.
  4. Take to the table but don’t toss and dress until you’re ready to eat.

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