10 Minute Easy Asian Cucumber Salad Recipe (Dairy Free)

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Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

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


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. 



  • 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


  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.


  • 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

Keywords: asian cucumber salad, cucumber salad, cucumber salad recipe, asian recipes, gluten free salad recipes, summer side dishes, how to make cucumber salad, summer backyard parties, summer party food, cucumber recipes, cucumber salad vinegar, cucumber onion salad


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132 Responses
  1. Chris M

    I love this salad and I added sliced radishes which gives it a little kick. May try adding orange sections next as the sweetness might make for a nice balance.

  2. Dianne

    This was a yummy change from the usual Thai cucumber salad I make when I want a rice vinegar-based salad. I did feel the need to increase the sweetness so I drizzled a wee bit of Lyle’s Golden Syrup over it all and tossed well.

    I was also out of red onion but I had a shallot on hand and just used that. Very good!

  3. erin

    I love making a batch of this when I meal prep on Sundays to have on weeknights if I’m feeling snacky. Delicious!

    1. Krista

      Such a great snack to have one hand! Although, when I make a batch, they never last long! So happy you loved this recipe!

  4. AWS

    I love this salad! I’ve made it so much that I’ve had to adjust a little during quarantine of what I had at home .. white onion.. no red pepper .. maple syrup instead of honey … All still delicious! I love to use black sesame seeds if I have them for a color contrast. Thanks so much for this new staple!!!

  5. Ollie

    careful with the onion/pepper as it can overwhelm the delicateness of the cucumber. A tasty salad! I however, do not understand people leaving commentary as opposed to an actual review of the recipe…..

  6. Em

    Yum! Thank you for sharing!! Where is the glass from that you have as the main picture with the cucumber salad in it?! It’s so cute!

  7. Donna L.

    This cucumber salad was excellent. Made a half batch tonight at to go with chicken yakitori. Excellent flavor without having to marinate very long! We did slice the cucumbers very thinly, so the dressing did penetrate well in the 10-15 minutes before it was served. There were no leftovers. This recipe is a keeper for me — definitely worth making again.

  8. kyra

    I really want to make this!!! HOWEVER my son has a severe allergy to sesame. What would you use instead? Usually i just use Canola oil and keep the sesame out.

  9. Charlene

    Made as a side for dinner tonight. Tastes great without marinating time at all. Betting by tonight it will really be great. Thank you.

  10. Susan Dubose

    Outstanding salad. My kids loved it and my vegetable-hating husband went back for 3rds. Thanks!

  11. 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. Lina

      Dee-licious. Quick and tasty, and these are ingredients that we usually have on hand. Was a very refreshing side for a spicy Malaysian noodle dish that we made.

  12. Jennifer

    I made this delicious salad for a bbq with friends. My husband could t stop eating it. The flavors blend together so well. It was so delicious and there were no leftovers! I’m going to make it again for our July 4th bbq with family. Thank you for this excellent recipe!

  13. Tasha

    This recipe?! My God! My new obsession! So easy, so unbelievably tasty! Wanna hear something weird? I was actually making barbocoa-style tacos the same day! I kid you not…I had the tacos going before I read your story! I literally screamed! I just made this salad yesterday…it’s gone. I’ll be making it again before the week ends. Thanks!!!!

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

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

      1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

        Ohh no not balsamic.. that would ruin the taste of this. I’d use 1/4 teaspoon of sugar or omit the honey and sugar all together.

    2. Jroberta

      It’s only 1 tiny tsp. of honey, for heaven’s sake………btw I think it would be too sour if you left out the honey. I just made it and it’s a little sour already, It needs to sit and marinate for awhile I think.

  14. 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.

  15. Jen Bush

    DEFINITELY learn to use the mandolin! This is the 1st time using mine (that I got for my wedding 13 years ago!)! I wish I started using when I got it! Evert cut is even and sooo perfectly thin!

  16. Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens

    Hi Krista! Just had to thank you for this fantastic Asian Cucumber Salad recipe! I was looking for a quick and easy Asian-inspired salad for tonight, and when I saw your site show up on the list when I googled it, I knew this was the one to make! And I wasn’t disappointed – we loved it! Simple but with BIG flavor, and really pretty, too! Slam dunk! 🙂

  17. Missy Goettsch

    What would you recommend in place of the oil? I have a friend, we eat together a lot, who eats plant based, oil free. I know the sesame oil adds significant asian flavor. What else could be used, any ideas?
    Thank you!

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      It does add significant flavor to this dish. However you could just omit it if you’d like. You’d just have more of a vinegar taste, almost like pickled cucumbers which are still going to be great!

  18. Sarah

    Hey there, wondering how long I can store these for. I know the acetic acid cotent tends to be lower in rice vinegar though I’m hoping these can still be stored for awhile. Thanks!

  19. Emma Chapman`

    Good Job! When I looked at the picture, I said she used a mandoline. I have one too, but have not mastered it. More to clean than a knife anyway.

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      I did and definitely have not mastered it. I go sooo slow because I’m freaked out that I’m going to cut my hand off. 🙂

  20. Ariana

    Made this for a work lunch along with General Tso’s chicken and WOW it is delicious – the heat from the red pepper flakes and the toasted sesame oil infusion are simply fantastic together!!

  21. Meredith S.

    Thanks for the tasty, healthy recipe! I tried this last night (using English cucumbers and a tablespoon of soy sauce) and it was so delicious. My boyfriend and I ended up eating the entire bowl!

  22. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    Oh the stories are the for sure the best part! I love talking with bartenders, waiters, drivers, etc that we see over and over! It’s like making new friends 🙂

    And this Asian Salad? You have no idea how much I want to make this right this minute! I love cucumbers and craving all things Asian with this baby so definitely adding to our 4th of July menu!

  23. Michelle | A Latte Food

    I’m the same way! I feel there is so much to learn from other’s experiences, which is why I love memoirs so much! This salad looks amazing, by the way!

  24. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    I am going to be eating a lot of this next week in Vietnam! Although your version looks way better

  25. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    Cucumbers are a favorite of mine and not such a favorite of my husband. Which means more for me! I eat a cucumber almost every day as a snack..I will definitely be making this gorgeous salad. Maybe I can get Baby Stella to join me on the cucumber lovin’ train. 😉

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      oh…. baby stella will love it! Cason just started to like cucumbers, he eats them raw now. I love it! 🙂 Thanks for the pin sweet friend!

  26. Beverley @ sweaty&fit

    i love hearing about people’s stories too!! i can’t stand when people ask the usual questions just to ASK, without actually listening. its nice that there are people who genuinely care about the questions they ask!!
    cucumber salad looks super refreshing – would go perfect with a mojito 🙂

  27. Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

    I love healthy side dishes like this! This would be perfect with a BBQ – pinned! Gorgeous pictures, Krista!

  28. Cate @ Chez CateyLou

    You have yourself a deal…I want to make this salad ASAP! It sounds so light and delicious, and I love Asian flavors. Yum!

  29. Sara @ Bitz & Giggles

    When you learn how to use your Mandoline, I could use a crash course, too! This salad looks like the perfect side for a summer BBQ!

  30. Kate @ Diethood

    OMG! Me, too! I loooove listening to them about their life, and how they got to where they are, and their kid’s names, and retirement plans… I think that might be called “being nosy”… whatever! haha 😀

    The salad is to diiiie for! Beautiful photos, too!

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      haha.. some people might think that but those are the people who are just closed up and don’t like to share whats going on in life! 🙂

      So pumped you liked this salad girl and thanks on the photos! 🙂

  31. Rachel @ Simple Seasonal

    This looks so tasty! I love the twist you placed on a cucumber salad, and i agree about the story telling. Stories really are what connects us all with each other!

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