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Asian Cucumber Salad

Asian Cucumber Salad is truly summer’s delight. So simple, and so tasty! This is the kinda a basic salad nearly every Asian knows how to make.

Summer's Delight- Chinese Cucumber Salad
Summer’s Delight- Asian Cucumber Salad

Asian Cucumbers are tossed in a sweet, garlicky, and spicy dressing is a cool and refreshing complement to almost any meal. This Chinese-style cucumber salad utilizes soy sauce, chili oil, and sesame oil to bring out lots of flavors effortlessly. Here are other recipes you will like too: Vegan Seaweed Salad, Pickled Chilies.

Asian cucumber salad

Chinese-cucumber-salad
This is the kinda a basic salad nearly every Asian knows how to make

I learned this recipe when I was little, by watching my granny making it. My Granny is from Sichuan ( Sichuan is a major province in southwest China, famous for extremely spicy food and giant pandas.) She always put a lot of chili oil and birdseye red chilis in her salads. As a kid, I liked this salad so much, utterly because its color, green yellowish and red, so beautiful, isn’t it?

type of cucumbers for salad
What type of cucumbers for salads, the smaller the better

The key to making a great Chinese cucumber salad is all about the dressing. The garlicky, spicy, savory, with just a touch of sweetness, and the cucumber is crunchy so every bite is bursting with flavors.

Asian Cucumber Salad recipes

Here’s what you need to make the Chinese Cucumber Salad. Right? Really simple from everyday ingredients.

Ingredients for Chinese cucumber salad
  • Cucumbers– for this salad, we prefer baby cucumbers (standard cucumbers or Lebanese cucumbers in Australia).)as the texture is crunchier and the seeds in the center part are smaller.
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic is the best.
  • Black Vinegar: any Chinese black vinegar would do the trick. If you can find them, then subsitute to Rice Wine Vinegar.
  • Maple Syrup: You can use Organic sugar, I found Maple syrup gives it more flavor.

How to make asian Cucumber Salad

how to make Chinese cucumber salad
Step by step how to make Asian cucumber salad
  1. Cucumbers are washed and dry, then slice the cucumbers on a sharp diagonal into bite-sized pieces. 
  2. Add 1/2 tsp salt onto the cucumbers, then set aside for 20-30 minutes.
  3. The cucumbers should have released some water, which will gather at the bottom of the bowl. Pour out that water.
  4. Add freshly crushed garlic
  5. Then add the rest of the ingredients: chili oil, light soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, black vinegar, maple syrup and red chilis(This is optional if you like mild).
  6. Toss all ingredients together and adjust flavors as necessary.
how to make Chinese cucumber salad

To serve, Chill the cucumber in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours for the best results. It allows the flavors to infuse. This Chinese cucumber salad is a great starter, which helps to stimulate a healthy appetite.

Summer's delight- Chinese cucumber salad
Summer’s delight- Chinese cucumber salad

Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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Summer's delight- Chinese cucumber salad

ASIAN CUCUMBER SALAD

ASIAN CUCUMBER SALAD is truly summer’s delight. SO So so simple, and so tasty! 
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 58kcal
Author: SHU-CHUN

Ingredients

  • Cucumbers 250g Note1
  • Garlic 2 cloves approx. 12g
  • Black Vinegar 1 Tbsp 15ml
  • Chili Oil 1 Tbsp 15ml
  • Maple Syrup 1/2 Tsp Note2 (2.5ml)
  • Light Soy Sauce 1 Tbsp 15ml
  • Sesame Oil 1 Tsp 5ml
  • Salt 1/2Tsp

Instructions

  • Cucumbers are washed and dry, then slice cucumbers on a sharp diagonal into bite-sized pieces. 
  • Add 1/2 tsp salt onto the cucumbers, then set aside for 20-30 minutes.
  • The cucumbers should have released some water, which will gather at the bottom of the bowl. Pour out that water.
  • Add freshly crushed garlic
  • Then add the rest of the ingredients: chili oil, light soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, black vinegar, maple syrup, and red chilis(This is optional if you like mild).
  • Toss all ingredients together and adjust flavors as necessary.

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Notes

Note1: for this salad, we prefer baby cucumbers (standard cucumbers or Lebanese cucumbers in Australia).)as the texture is crunchier and the seeds in the center part are smaller.
Note2: You can use Organic sugar, I found Maple syrup gives it more flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 4serving | Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 567mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

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