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Cucumber SaladCucumbers are touted for their refreshing qualities and make an ideal summertime addition to cocktails and meals. The fruit (yes, cucumber is technically a fruit) has been cultivated for thousands of years and is a warm-season crop. Cucumbers require sun to grow, and lots of it, so you’ll find them popping up in Texas once the last frost has passed.“We use a lot of cucumbers in Malaysian cuisine,” says Alex Au-Yeung, chef of Phat Eatery in Katy, about thirty miles west of Houston. He uses cucumber as a garnish atop chicken, as a side with chicken and beef satay, and as a base for salads.“I grew up in Hong Kong,” Au-Yeung says. “It’s a subtropical climate and I ate quite a bit of cucumber—there are…

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