When eating at our local Japanese izakaya restaurants, we always look forward to the cucumber salad amuses-bouches that they greet us with at the table. It’s such a treat to be able to snack on fresh cucumbers laced with delicate Japanese flavors. Inspired by those simple cucumber salads, we’ve re-created our own version with Japanese miso paste. The salty and deep umami flavors balance so well with the fresh crispness of cucumbers. If possible, try to find crunchy Persian or Japanese cucumbers. They don’t have tough seeds and can be eaten whole.
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