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Asian Cucumber Salad – Oh Candy Basil

This mild and recent Asian cucumber salad is our new favourite wholesome facet dish, full with a candy and tangy vinegar dressing.

Earlier this yr I used to be engaged on an Asian steak marinade and I used to be taking part in round with the concept of utilizing black vinegar in it. The ultimate recipe was examined when Cade’s mother got here into city and it was a complete hit. With out even realizing it although, I’d added black vinegar to the cucumbers as an alternative of the steak marinade that morning. It turned out each dishes wanted one thing somewhat totally different than what I used to be doing and it was superior!

You’ll be able to learn beneath for a substitute as we nonetheless love cucumber salad with simply straight up rice or apple cider vinegar. The truth is, we frequently use each. 

a photo of a glass bowl full of thinly sliced cucumberrs and red onion topped with a sesame seed dressing.

It solely takes 7 substances to make this easy however refreshing salad recipe. Here’s what you will have:

  • English Cucumber – I simply to only slice them skinny by hand, however be happy to take away the seeds if you would like
  • Purple Onion – completely optionally available however I really like the zip it provides, do a positive slice on a mandolin
  • Rice Vinegar – gentle, candy and bitter taste
  • Chinese language Black Vinegar – a darkish gentle vinegar with a barely fruity taste
  • Honey – provides sweetness and balances the saltiness and tang
  • Sesame Seeds – give them somewhat toast to reinforce the nutty taste
  • Effective Sea Salt – dissolves simply into the dressing and provides taste

The total recipe with all of the measurements and directions will be discovered within the recipe card on the finish of this put up.

a photo of a large glass bowl full of Asian cucumber salad topped with a tangy sesame seed vinaigrette.


Utilizing thin-skinned cucumbers like Persian, Turkish or English Cucumbers are finest for an Asian or actually any fashion of cucumber salad. These cucumbers give the least bitterness in a salad and provide the very best taste.

Waxy cucumbers may also work in a pinch however you will have to peel them first because the thick and infrequently bitter flavors will find yourself a bit off-putting in your salad. 

Black Vinegar Substitute

Rice vinegar, white vinegar or apple cider vinegar can be utilized should you can’t discover black vinegar.

a photo of an asian cucumber salad in a large glass bowl with some thinly sliced red onion mixed in and all topped with a sesame dressing.

The Most Vital Step in Cucumber Salad

  1. Salting cucumbers earlier than utilizing in dishes helps launch their water content material and take up extra taste. In any other case the water leaks out into the vinegar combination. Take into consideration ice in a glass of soda. At first it’s no biggie, however by the point it has sat round you’ve acquired watered down nothingness. 
  2. In a neighborhood Asian restaurant there was all the time scoring alongside the cucumber peel so I’ve began doing the identical. I’ve discovered that with the tines of a fork earlier than slicing, the dressing truly clings to the cucumbers versus simply sliding off. This makes the cucumbers go from yummy to completely flavorful! 

Do I HAVE TO Salt My Cucumbers?

In a pinch you possibly can skip it however the cucumbers must be served inside the hour.

a photo of a bowl full of Asian cucumber salad topped with a sesame seed dressing with a small bowl of sliced red onions in the background.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Quick: this salad will be finished in a matter of minutes, although we suggest letting it sit for just a few hours for optimum taste
  • Versatile: you possibly can add different greens, peanuts, feta crumbles or spice it up with some pink pepper flakes or sriracha
  • Wholesome: cucumbers are nice for you and with no oil within the dressing, this recipe is low on fats and carbs, it’s additionally gluten free and works for vegetarian and vegan diets
  • Scrumptious: I really like Asian flavors and this salad is so cool and crunchy


If candy and bitter hen or beef and broccoli are the menu tonight, go along with this Asian cucumber salad on the facet and it would simply be your favourite a part of the meal!

What to Serve with Asian Cucumber Salad

a photo of a glass bowl full of thinly sliced cucumberrs and red onion topped with a sesame seed dressing.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Prepare dinner Time: 10 minutes

Elective Resting Time: 3 hours

Whole Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Servings: 6

  • 1 English Cucumber , sliced skinny, *see word
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Purple Onion , sliced skinny with a mandolin
  • 2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Chinese language Black Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon Effective Sea Salt
  • Toast the seeds in a nonstick pan over medium warmth till turning nutty and place in a small dish to chill.

  • Sprinkle salt within the cucumbers, toss and put aside whereas the seeds cool. Squeeze with a paper towel after 5-10 minutes to take away extra water.

  • Within the seeds dish, add vinegars and honey and whisk to mix. Mix the onions and cucumbers after which pour the dressing excessive and toss properly.

  • Permit to take a seat within the fridge for just a few hours if attainable however serving instantly is okay, they only received’t be as flavorful.

*In the event you don’t just like the seeds, half and scoop out seeds and chop the cucumber as an alternative.

Vitamin Info

Asian Cucumber Salad

Quantity Per Serving

Energy 28
Energy from Fats 9

% Each day Worth*

Fats 1g2%

Saturated Fats 1g6%

Polyunsaturated Fats 1g

Monounsaturated Fats 1g

Sodium 98mg4%

Potassium 87mg2%

Carbohydrates 3g1%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 1g2%

Vitamin A 53IU1%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 35mg4%

Iron 1mg6%

* P.c Each day Values are based mostly on a 2000 calorie food plan.


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Asian Cucumber salad with cucumbers and onions


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