An easy to make Asian Cucumber Salad that’s full of crunchy cucumber, rice wine vinegar, and a few secret ingredients! Can be served as a refreshing summer salad or the condiment to a sandwich!
Something I realized about myself while we were on vacation is I love hearing peoples stories. You know. How they got to where their at? How they started dating? Weird stories. Sad Stories. Outrageously funny stories. Heart wrenching stories.
I love them all. Something about hearing those stories makes me feel closer to that person, like I got a little glimpse into who they are.
The thing about stories is not one of them is the same. They are all different. Each one has their own unique twist, happy ending, or to be continued ending. I think the “to be continued ones” are my favorite. When people tell them there’s an excitement or nervousness to how it could turn out.
Starting a new life together. Waiting the results of a test. Thinking about a job change. Building a new house.
I am completely drawn to hearing more about who people are and what they have going on in their lives. Even while I was on vacation, I read two books about …. peoples stories!
We can learn so much about stories. When people share their story, they can encourage you, challenge you, or affirm you. Or likewise, it gives you a chance to do the same for someone else who just needs to be encourages in the situation that they are in at the moment!
Don’t be afraid to share your story! It is unique to you. It’s what makes you who you are! Sure there may be hard times, who doesn’t have those? Um.. no ONE! But those are the times you need to share your story the most … so others can lift you up. I truly think that we were meant to live in community and part of community is being vulnerable with one another about the joys and struggles of life. Sharing our stories is when growth happens, when real life change occurs. Its what gets us out of those deep pits of life so we can walk on the mountaintops!
Let’s be real with one another and take that “this is what I need to appear as” mask off!
No, I’m gonna ask you to make another deal! You need to promise me that you are going to make this Asian Cucumber Salad. Deal?
The flavor is so fresh, tangy, crunchy, delicious that I almost couldn’t stop eating it to shoot these pictures! Holy Hannah is this good! The best part is, it takes only minutes to make. The only hard part is slicing the cucumbers because they need to be pretty thin. BUT … if you have a Mandoline, use it, it will make your life much easier.
I do have a Mandoline, haven’t used it yet. I read the instructions for the first time before making this salad. Starting slicing and couldn’t figure it out which ended in me just using a knife to slice these guys instead. So… moral of my story is .. I need to learn out to use a Mandoline! If you use a knife it will take you 5-10 minutes to slice the cucumbers (not bad AT all)!
Ok, back to the flavor of this Asian Cucumber Salad. It is filled with rice wine vinegar for the main flavor profile and what gives most cucumber salads that tangy bite. Then I added a little toasted sesame oil for an even bigger asian flare and finished off with red pepper flakes, red onion, red pepper, a touch of honey, and some sesame seeds.
Absolutely amazing! This would be great just as a fun summer side dish or you could use it as a condiments and top it on some Pulled Pork Sandwiches or Chipotle Barbacoa Tacos. Whatever you decide! Either way, you totally need to make this dish happen at your house! Like.. asap!
- 4 cups of very thinly sliced seedless cucumbers (i used mini cucumbers)
- ¼ cup of finely sliced red onion
- ¼ cup of fined diced red pepper
- ¼ cup of rice wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds
- ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt
- Add VERY thinly sliced cucumber, sliced red onion, diced red pepper, and sesame seeds to a medium size bowl. Set aside.
- In a small bowl mix together rice wine vinegar, honey, toasted sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and sea salt .
- Add dressing to the cucumber bowl. Toss to mix everything.
- Serve immediately or cover and let sit in the refrigerator for an hour or two to let all the flavors meld.
IF YOU MAKE ONE OF THESE RECIPES, BE SURE TO SNAP A PIC AND HASHTAG IT #JOYFULHEALTHYEATS. I LOVE SEEING WHAT YOU MAKE!