With veggies, oftentimes simpler is better. This ad hoc cucumber salad ended up being the perfect accompaniment to spicy dishes both Indian- and Japanese-style.
Sesame Cucumber Salad
1 large cucumber, peeled and diced
1-2 tsp rice vinegar (seasoned or not should be fine)
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 TB grated ginger
pinch cayenne pepper
a sprinkle of sesame seeds (toasted optional)
Combine everything in a bowl, adjust seasonings to taste, and chill. Serves 2-3 as a side.