10 Minute Easy Asian Cucumber Salad Recipe (Dairy Free)

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This easy Asian Cucumber Salad is made with crunchy cucumber, onion, rice wine vinegar, and a few secret ingredients! An easy Cucumber Salad that takes only 10 minutes to make and is guaranteed to be a hit. 

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Easy Cucumber Salad

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.

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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! Deal? Okay! Good!

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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?

What is Cucumber Salad?

Cucumber Salad contains thinly sliced cucumbers, onions and tossed in a sweet slightly tangy dressing. The dressing can be creamy or a vinaigrette.

How Do You Make Cucumber Salad Asian?

  1. Thinly slice cucumbers, onions and red pepper. Add ingredients to a bowl.
  2. To small bowl add rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, honey and salt. Using a whisk, stir to combine.
  3. Pour asian vinaigrette over the vegetables. Gently toss.
  4. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator to let the cucumbers soak up the marinade.

How Long Can You Keep Cucumbers in Vinegar?

Cucumbers can be stored in this vinegar dressing for up to 3 days. If stored longer than 3 days the cucumbers will start to lose their crispness.

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Do you kids like the skin or do they make you peel it off? Growing up I use to make my mom take the skin off. But now that I’m older I like the skin.

Can You Peel the Skin Off a Cucumber?

Yes, you can peel the skin off of a cucumber using a vegetable peeler or a paring knife. Cucumbers contain a lot of nutrients and the skin itself is a good source of fiber so I highly recommend keeping it on, it also adds a nice “crunch” factor.

The flavor in this Asian Cucumber Salad is so fresh, tangy and delicious. I almost couldn’t stop eating it to shoot these pictures! The best part is, it takes 10 minutes to make. Which is basically the “slicing” part of recipe. 

How Do You Cut Cucumbers for Salad?

Cucumber Salad is at it’s best when the cucumbers are thinly sliced – about 1/8″. This can be somewhat labor intensive, but if you have a Mandoline, use it, it will make your life much easier. 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.

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This Asian Cucumber Salad is filled with rice wine vinegar for the main flavor profile. Vinegar is what gives most cucumber salads that tangy bite. Instead of cream, yogurt or sour cream I added a little toasted sesame oil which made this cucumber salad dairy free. The toasted sesame oil and sesame seeds amplified the asian flavor and then I finished it off with red pepper flakes and a touch of honey.

Y’all it’s absolutely amazing! This would be great just as a fun summer side dish or you could use it as a condiment and put it on top of some Pulled Pork Sandwiches , Burgers or Chipotle Barbacoa Tacos. However you decide to use it, just decide to make it! Like.. asap!

Bon Appetit friends!

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10 Minute Easy Asian Cucumber Salad Recipe

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 10 mins
  • yield Yield: 4 1x
  • category Category: Side Dish, Appetizer, Vegetarian, Condiments, Salads
  • method Method: Salad, How to Cold Pickle
  • cuisine Cuisine: Asian

Description

10 Minute Asian Cucumber Salad Recipe made with crunchy cucumber, onion, rice wine vinegar, and a few secret ingredients! An easy, light, refreshing Cucumber Salad that’s guaranteed to be a hit. 

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups of very thinly sliced seedless cucumbers (i used mini cucumbers)
  • 1/4 cup of finely sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup of fined diced red pepper
  • 1/4 cup of rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Add VERY thinly sliced cucumber, sliced red onion, diced red pepper, and sesame seeds to a medium size bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl mix together rice wine vinegar, honey, toasted sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and sea salt .
  3. Add dressing to the cucumber bowl. Toss to mix everything.
  4. Serve immediately or cover and let sit in the refrigerator for an hour or two to let all the flavors meld.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 28
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 75 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g

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84 Responses
  1. Laura

    My mouth is watering now It looks really fresh and green. I’ve never tried Persian cucumbers but it looks like they are polular around. Aw, I have to try these soon!!

    1. Krista

      I have not yet. You definitely could though, it just may be a little bit more tart (or acidic) but should still be good.

  2. BClark

    This was delicious and so easy. I made it last night and it was good but had some tiday and after sitting overnight I think it was better today as the flavors had blended so nicely. It was also still very crisp.

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