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Perilla Leaf and Cucumber Salad Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups perilla leaves, washed and dried
- 1 large cucumber, sliced thinly
- 1/4 cup red onion, sliced thinly
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper to taste

Special equipment needed:
- None

Step-by-step instructions:
1. In a small bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper until well combined.
2. In a large bowl, combine perilla leaves, cucumber, and red onion.
3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until everything is well coated.
4. Serve immediately.

- Time:
Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cooking time: None
- Serve chilled
Serving size:
- 4 servings

Nutritional information:
- Calories: 60
- Fat: 3g
- Carbohydrates: 8g
- Protein: 1g
- Fiber: 1g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Perilla leaves can be substituted with shiso leaves or mint leaves.
- Rice vinegar can be substituted with apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar.
- Honey can be substituted with maple syrup or agave nectar.
- Soy sauce can be substituted with tamari or coconut aminos.
- Sesame oil can be substituted with olive oil or avocado oil.
- Red onion can be substituted with shallots or scallions.

- Add sliced radishes or carrots for extra crunch.
- Top with toasted sesame seeds or chopped peanuts for added texture.
- Add grilled chicken or tofu for a protein boost.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure to slice the cucumber thinly for a better texture.
- If you can't find perilla leaves, try using other fresh herbs like basil or cilantro.
- Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to your liking.

Storage instructions:
- This salad is best served fresh but can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Reheating instructions:
- None

Presentation ideas:
- Serve in a large bowl or on individual plates.
- Garnish with extra perilla leaves or sliced cucumbers.

- Perilla leaves
- Sliced cucumbers
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Chopped peanuts

- This salad pairs well with grilled meats or fish.

Suggested side dishes:
- Steamed rice
- Grilled vegetables

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the dressing is too tart, add more honey to balance the flavors.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to wash the perilla leaves and cucumber thoroughly before using.

Food history:
- Perilla leaves are commonly used in Korean cuisine and are known for their unique flavor and aroma.

Flavor profiles:
- This salad is tangy, sweet, and slightly spicy.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve as a light lunch or as a side dish for dinner.

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Region: Korean

Taste: Refreshing, Tangy, Herbal, Crisp