Cucumber Salad with Caramelized Shallots and Herbs Recipe

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  1. Toss shallot slices to separate them into rings. Have ready a slotted spoon and a double layer of paper towels. Heat oil to 275° in a small, deep heavy saucepan and drop in shallot rings.
  2. Cook shallots, stirring often, until they turn a uniform light brown-this will take about 8 to 12 minutes. Turn off the heat when they look almost done so they don't burn. Lift shallots from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Reserve 2 tsp. shallot oil for vinaigrette and let cool. Save the rest for stir fries and any salad dressings.
  3. Make vinaigrette: Whisk vinegars, sugar, lemon juice, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper together in a large bowl until salt and sugar dissolve. Add reserved shallot oil and the minced shallots and whisk well to blend. Season to taste with more salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
  4. Slice cucumbers into 1/4-in. slices with a knife or on a mandoline. Toss cucumbers and tomatoes with vinaigrette. Add mint, Thai basil, and shiso if using.
  5. Arrange salad on a platter and top with pickled leeks and fried shallots.
  6. Make ahead: Fried shallots, up to 2 days, stored airtight at room temperature.
  7. *Thai basil has narrow leaves, a purplish stem, and an anisey scent. Shiso, a beautiful notch-edged red or green herb, lends delicious fragrance to a dish (it's often served with sushi); the red is more pungent. Vietnamese pickled leeks are crunchy and mildly spicy-sweet. Find all at Asian markets.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1925.04 Kcal (8060 kJ)
Calories from fat 644.46 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 71.61g 110%
Cholesterol 32.26mg 11%
Sodium 2364.58mg 99%
Potassium 4917.15mg 105%
Total Carbs 291.12g 97%
Sugars 47.78g 191%
Dietary Fiber 38.2g 153%
Protein 34.33g 69%
Vitamin C 101.3mg 169%
Vitamin A 1.5mg 49%
Iron 187.7mg 1043%
Calcium 332.8mg 33%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 158.61 Kcal (664 kJ)
Calories from fat 53.1 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.9g 110%
Cholesterol 2.66mg 11%
Sodium 194.83mg 99%
Potassium 405.14mg 105%
Total Carbs 23.99g 97%
Sugars 3.94g 191%
Dietary Fiber 3.15g 153%
Protein 2.83g 69%
Vitamin C 8.3mg 169%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 49%
Iron 15.5mg 1043%
Calcium 27.4mg 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 43.7
  • 50

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol,
  • good source of fiber

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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