This refreshing, simple cucumber salad is a great side dish for any meal and it only takes a few minutes to make.
Simple Dishes for the Win – Enter Cucumber Salad
We have been keeping our meals super simple because it is summertime and who wants to cook? I mean, I love cooking, but we are all about simple recipes during the summer. We have been eating a lot of salads, watermelon, and sweet corn. Oh, and tostadas for the boys! I have made this Asian Inspired Cucumber Salad a few times and I am in love. It is the perfect summer salad, you are going to love it!
Easy Yet Complex Cucumber Salad
This cucumber salad is perfect for summertime. It is cool, crisp, and so easy! Plus, it will help you use up your garden cucumbers. The salad is simple, but the flavors are not. You will be wowed by one bite!
The flavors are amazing! For the salad, you need:
- rice wine vinegar
- sesame oil
- sesame seeds
- crushed red pepper
Slice the cucumbers thinly with a sharp knife. You can use garden cucumbers or store bought cucumbers.
Make sure you use fresh ginger, you can buy it in the produce section of any grocery store. I always keep ginger in the freezer so we have it on hand at all times. I use a mircoplane to grate the ginger. If you don’t have a microplane, you can finely chop it.
If you don’t like spicy, you can leave out the crushed red pepper flakes. There will still be plenty of flavor.
This easy cucumber salad goes great with any summer meal. We like to serve it with Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken in the summertime. You don’t have to heat up the house with the Instant Pot or this easy salad.
Make this easy and refreshing Asian Cucumber Salad today! It is sure to be a summer favorite!
More Cucumber Salad Recipes
- Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad
- Easy Cucumber Salad
- Cucumber Noodle, Watermelon and Feta Salad
- Cucumber, Chickpea, and Pita Salad
- Asian Cucumber Noodle Salad
Asian Inspired Cucumber Salad
- 2 English cucumbers thinly sliced
- Salt to taste
- 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
- 2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Crushed red pepper to taste
- Place the sliced cucumbers in a bowl and sprinkle with salt, to taste. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the rice wine vinegar, granulated sugar, sesame oil, cilantro, scallions, garlic, and ginger. Drizzle the mixture over the cucumbers.
- Sprinkle salad with sesame seeds and crushed red pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.
Have you tried this recipe?
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This looks and sounds refreshingly delish!
This looks delicious and reminds me of a jazzed-up version of a cucumber salad my granny use to make with fresh cucumbers from her garden. I try to avoid cane sugar. Do you think maple syrup would work as a good substitute in this recipe?
Yes, I am sure maple syrup would be fine. It is just a little.
Love this summer salad!
Delish! I subbed SWERVE for the sugar as I’m watching my carbs and it’s yum.
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I’m loving these super fresh summer flavors!
Trading cookies for unpacking boxes is the way to go! Love this easy recipe for these hot days we’ve been having.
I love all tangy cucumber salads! They’re so refreshing! I love that you added some spice to this 🙂
This looks so refreshing and tasty!
I can totally see this next to a juicy grilled chicken breast! Tasty.
This looks delicious! We’re going to have to make this with dinner tonight!
Made this refreshing salad as a side dish this week. It was delicious and I really don’t love cucumbers. Will definitely make this again. Thanks.
Looks so delicious, and I love cucumber!! I have to make this salad this summer:-)
What a great idea for a summer salad!!! Going to try this ASAP.
SO refreshing on a hot summer day!
haven’t had let alone made a salad like this in a long time, thank you for this recipe, a great reminder at least to me, of these flavors all based on fresh cucumbers, nice!
I just skip the sugar on many recipes and this recipe is a keeper. Served COLD its delish. I also made it without the cilantro once since I didn’t have any and still very good!!!
yummm love the any veggie salads that u post
Does this keep, over night for example, if I am trying to do a little meal prep?
How long will this dressing last if you make a big batch of it and refrigerate?
Delicious salad! Make sure to eat it right away or the cukes will get soggy. I always add a little fresh minced mint to it.
To hear my husband clanking the bottom of his dish is a 1st, I believe, in our marriage and my cooking. Kudos to you! Absolutely delicious!
I made this recipe tonight and it’s a keeper! I used powdered swerve instead of granulated sugar. Sweet, spicy, tangy, and refreshing. I will be making this again. Thank you!
Glad you liked it! Thanks for letting us know!
This is fantastic! I used 1 cucumber and kept the dressing ingredients the same. Swapped truvia for sugar. It is great on its own or on an Asian tossed salad with chicken and snow peas.
How long can the dressing keep in the fridge? I want to make this as a lunch for myself, spreading the portions out for 2-3 days.
It will be fine for a week.
We LOVE this recipe. I add shredded carrots for color and black and beige sesame seeds. Thank you! It’s a light crunchy side to “Chinese” night at our house.
Very good!! I had to tweak just for personal preference. Added more sugar and a drop more sesame oil (a little too vinegar-y for me). Also added paper-thin slices of radish for a bit of a bite instead of red pepper since grandchildren would be eating them. Thanks for sharing!
Fresh and beautiful!
So refreshing and delicious! Worth the extra time it takes to finely dice the FRESH cilantro, garlic, ginger, and scallions.
Yummy! They were great.
Looks good! I’m going to try all your recipes. Thank you for posting all your green salad recipes.