🥒🥗 Asian Cucumber Salad 🥗🥒

This refreshing Asian Cucumber Salad is a perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and savory flavors. It’s an easy and healthy side dish that pairs well with many Asian-inspired meals.

📋 Ingredients:

  • 🥒 2 large cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 🧅 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 🌿 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 🌶️ 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)
  • 🥕 1 small carrot, julienned (optional)

For the Dressing:

  • 🥢 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 🍯 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 🍯 1 tablespoon honey or sugar
  • 🌿 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 🌶️ 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for heat)
  • 🧄 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 🌿 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated

📝 Directions:

  1. Prepare the Cucumbers:
  • Slice the cucumbers thinly using a knife or mandoline. If the cucumbers are particularly watery, you can sprinkle them with a bit of salt and let them sit in a colander for 10 minutes, then rinse and pat dry.
  1. Combine the Vegetables:
  • In a large bowl, combine the sliced cucumbers, red onion, chopped cilantro, and julienned carrot (if using).
  1. Make the Dressing:
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey or sugar, sesame oil, red pepper flakes (if using), minced garlic, and grated ginger until well combined.
  1. Toss the Salad:
  • Pour the dressing over the cucumber mixture and toss to coat everything evenly.
  1. Chill and Serve:
  • Let the salad chill in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Before serving, sprinkle with sesame seeds (if using) and give it one final toss.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Chilling Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 80 kcal per serving

💡 Notes:

  • This salad can be made a few hours in advance and stored in the refrigerator. It may become more flavorful as it sits, but the cucumbers will release more water over time.
  • For added protein, you can sprinkle some chopped peanuts or cashews on top before serving.
  • This salad pairs well with dishes like grilled chicken, teriyaki salmon, or any stir-fry.

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