Market Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.
Cucumber Sesame Salad with Garlic Chili Oil
Have you exhausted your breakfast options? Looking for a savory and refreshing meal to jumpstart your day, then look no further! This recipe was selected by a staff member hoping to diversify their breakfast options. This creamy and umami filled dish features an abundant market offering - CUCUMBERS! Additionally, this recipe calls for fresh herbs, garlic, chili oil, and yogurt which are all available now at CCFM markets!
- 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt divided
- 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds plus more for garnish
- 1 lb. cucumbers
- 2 Tbsp. unseasoned rice vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. fresh chopped mint leaves plus more for garnish
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 dash fish sauce (optional)
- 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low. Once hot, add garlic and chili flakes; cook 3 to 5 minutes, until garlic is golden and aromatic. Pour into a small bowl, and stir in 1/4 tsp. salt and sesame seeds. Let cool completely.
Meanwhile, slice cucumber(s) width-wise into 1-inch long pieces. Place each piece on one of its flat sides, and slice once vertically and once horizontally, creating 4 spears. Place cucumbers in a bowl and add vinegar, mint, sugar, fish sauce (if using), and the remaining 1/4 tsp. salt; toss to combine.
To assemble, spread yogurt on a platter or in a wide-rimmed bowl. Top with cucumber mixture, and drizzle garlic chili oil over the top. Garnish with additional fresh mint and sesame seeds, if desired.
The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round throughout New Orleans. The CCFM hosts nearly 60 local small farmers, fishers, and food producers, and more than 150,000 shoppers annually.