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Asian Cucumber Salad with chili peppers, sesame seeds and fresh herbs in a white bowl

Cucumber Salad

This Asian Cucumber Salad is a fresh and flavorful side dish made with mini cucumbers and coated in a savory Asian-inspired sauce. Pairs well with any main and is naturally gluten-free, vegan, paleo, low carb with a Whole30 option. 

Course Salad
Cuisine Asian
Keyword asian cucumber salad, cucumber salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 166 kcal
Author Kelly

Ingredients

  • 6 mini or Persian cucumbers washed and dried
  • 2 tsp sea salt or kosher salt

Sauce

  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut vinegar or rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/8 - 1/3 tsp chili flakes or chili oil , use less or more to taste
  • 2-3 tsp maple syrup or coconut sugar , or more to taste. Can also sub with Lakanto golden monk fruit sweetener or preferred sweetener. Omit for Whole30.
  • 2 cloves garlic , finely minced
  • 1 green onion . finely sliced + reserving a little bit for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh cilantro + more for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place a pair of chopsticks vertically between one cucumber on both sides (acts as a guide to avoid slicing all the way through). Use a sharp knife to make thin cuts from the top diagonally on a 45-degree angle towards the chopsticks (for the spiral / accordion shape). Flip the cucumber over and repeat for the other side making perpendicular slices to the first side. Repeat for remaining cucumbers and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Sprinkle salt over the cucumbers. Let cucumbers soak in the salt for at least 5 minutes but no longer than 10 minutes. Wash with cold water to completely remove the salt. Dry well and set aside in a serving bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, add all the ingredients for the sauce and mix / whisk to combine. Pour the sauce over the cucumbers and gently toss to combine.
  4. Serve immediately or chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes for best results. Sprinkle a little bit of sesame seeds + more green onions + cilantro and enjoy.
Nutrition Facts
Cucumber Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 166 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.