When I was little, my mother used to make this salad (sans the wasabi) and try and force my little brother and I to eat it. I despised it. In fact, I hated it so much I refused to eat any and all cucumbers for years because I figured that all of them has that retched rice vinegar taste lurking inside. Now that my palette has, umm, matured, cucumber salad has become one of my favorites. Nothing beats thin slices of refreshing cucumber tossed in rice vinegar and soy sauce, then sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds. Try this recipe for Wasabi Cucumber Salad for a spicy alternative.