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10 Minute Easy Asian Cucumber Salad Recipe (Dairy Free)

This easy Asian Cucumber Salad Recipe 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

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish, Appetizer, Vegetarian, Condiments, Salads
  • Method: Salad, How to Cold Pickle
  • 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

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151 comments on “10 Minute Easy Asian Cucumber Salad Recipe (Dairy Free)”

  1. This was a lot more sour (vinegar) than I remember this salad from restaurants. I added some maple syrup to adjust

  2. I made this as a side dish to accompany Seared Tuna. It paired perfectly, but I am giving it 4 stars because I don’t think it is a stand alone dish. I did not have any toasted sesame oil & had to substitute with vegetable oil – not sure how much this changed the taste. I would recommend allowing several hours covered in the fridge for the flavors to meld.

    1. OHHH yeah that would make a HUGE change. Toasted sesame is the star of this sauce because it adds a slight nuttiness and calms the rice wine vinegar down.

  3. Hello! This looks great but to make it vegan can I sub agave for honey or would you recommend something else? Thank you.

  4. Hi Krista,

    Tried this salad tonight with our dinner. My husband and I both loved it! Thank you so much for sharing it.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

    1. I am so happy you gave this recipe a try! I find myself craving it more and more once the warmer weather arrives!

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

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

  8. 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!!!

  9. 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…..

  10. 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!

    1. You’re welcome. I got it at World Market but I think you can get it on amazon too.. just look for weck jars.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

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

  15. 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!!

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    Rosalyn Carless

    I absolutely love cucumber salad and could happily eat it with everything, so thanks for the lovely recipe!

    1. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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. Honestly, this salad pairs great with any protein or as a side to a burger. The list could go on and on!

    1. 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. 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. 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.

    1. Can’t wait to make this for my family!! About how many regular cucumbers would I need to make 4 cups? Thanks!!

  19. 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.

    1. Oh i completely agree.. it’s a great next day salad because it pickles all the ingredients overnight! YUM!

  20. 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!

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    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! 🙂

    1. Ohh thanks so much Shelley! So glad it was a hit. We love adding this to sliders too, adds a nice kick!

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    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. 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!

    1. I have done it before but shhhh you probably shouldn’t. 🙂 But if you must, I would only do it once.

  23. 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!

    1. Hey Sarah, I’d say about 1- 1.5 weeks. The acid will start to break down the cucumbers and may tend to get mushy.

  24. umm… in your instructions you forgot to put in a step for mixing the cucumbers with the dressing.

  25. Made this cucumber salad tonight and it was excellent! Wouldn’t change a thing. Thanks for the recipe!

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