Asian Cucumber Salad

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Asian Cucumber Salad – this refreshing, simple cucumber salad is a great side dish for any meal. 

Asian Cucumber Salad with sesame seeds in white serving dish

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 Cucumber Salad a few times and I am in love. It is the perfect summer salad, you are going to love it!

Easy Cucumber Salad that is gluten-free and vegan

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 Asian flavors are amazing! For the salad, you need:

  • cucumber
  • rice wine vinegar
  • sesame oil
  • cilantro
  • scallions
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • 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!

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Asian Cucumber Salad

This cool and crisp cucumber salad makes a great side dish to any meal.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes


  • 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


  1. Place the sliced cucumbers in a bowl and sprinkle with salt, to taste. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Sprinkle salad with sesame seeds and crushed red pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Asian Cucumber Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 59 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 229mg7%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This easy and healthy Asian Cucumber Salad only takes minutes to make. It is a great side dish to any meal. #cucumber #salad #healthy #healthyeating Visit for more simple, fresh, and family friendly meals. #familyfriendlymeals

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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?

  2. hey girl this looks really tasty! and I would love to help if I lived closer! Y’all try to enjoy getting things organized and the way you want them! Love ya’ll!

  3. 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. 

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 5 stars
    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!

  7. 5 stars
    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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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