Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free tamari sauce in this dish.


"Pickles are cucumbers that sold out."
-Mitch Hedberg, Comedian

The refrigerator light goes on...

Seeding cucumbers is really rather simple. Use a grapefruit spoon to scoop down the middle of each half. The serrations on the grapefruit spoon make quick and easy work and leave you with a fairly uniform result.


Although cucumbers are felt to have originated in the far east, the majority of cucumbers sold in America today are the American Slicing variety. Most of these have a thicker skin, less flavor ,and more water content than other cucumber types. They are not all that good for eating fresh in salads or on sandwiches, but they do make very good soup. They usually have a heavy wax coating, and the skin of these is best peeled and discarded.

Smaller cucumbers are milder and sweeter. As the cucumber grows and the seeds grow they become bitter. When buying larger cucumbers, seed them.

The other ubiquitous cucumber in American markets is known as the Hothouse cucumber. These are also sold as European Hothouse, Dutch Hothouse and sometimes Burpless cucumbers. They are long and thin cucumbers with a very thin skin and few seeds (which is why they are called “burpless”). They are usually sweeter than the American slicing variety.

4 ounces cucumber = 15 calories, 0 fat, 0g sat fat, 0g mono fat, <1g protein, 3g carbohydrates, 2mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol


Quickie Japanese Cucumber Salad

Servings = 6 | Serving size =4 ounces cucumbers

Cooking Time = 45 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe makes great leftovers. Cooking time includes marinating time.

2 english cucumbers (peeled, seeded and sliced)
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp low sodium soy or gluten-free tamari sauce
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp sesame seeds
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)

Peel the cucumbers and slice in half. Seed each half and slice into thick half moons. Place in a large bowl and let sit for about five minutes. Drain and pat dry on paper towels and return to the bowl.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all the remaining ingredients and pour over the cucumbers. Mix well and let marinate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 4 ounces cucumbers

Servings = 6


Amount Per Serving

Calories 42 Calories from Fat 27
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 3g 5%
    Saturated Fat 0g 2%
    Monounsaturated Fat 1.2g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 91mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
    Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 3% Iron 3%
Vitamin K 7 mcg Potassium 139 mg
Magnesium 17.4 mg