Quick & Cooling Asian-Inspired Cucumber Salad

Our cucumber plants are producing a nearly overwhelming number of cukes. Our pantry shelves are already lined with enough bread & butter pickles and sweet relish to last until next summer. There’s also a Mason jar full of refrigerator dills chilling in the fridge that we’ve been dipping into on hot days – enjoying this crunchy, slightly tangy treat as the salty brine drips down our fingers. And the cukes still keep coming…

An abundance of cucumbers from our garden by Eve Fox, The Garden of Eating, copyright 2014

So I am always on the lookout for new ways to showcase these delightful green monsters. Like this lovely, little cucumber salad which is refreshing, tasty and quick. It also does not require me to turn on the stove – a definite bonus with the hot, heavy weather we’ve been having.

It’s a little bit sweet and a little bit salty. And a lot crunchy. The ingredients are very simple – cucumbers (the fresher the better), a little bit of onion, shallot or scallion, cilantro, rice wine vinegar and olive oil.

Cucumbers, onion and cilantro - ingredients for the Asian-inspired cucumber salad by Eve Fox, The Garden of Eating, copyright 2014

You do a little slicing and dicing, then toss it all together with the vinegar and oil.

Slicing the cucumbers by Eve Fox, The Garden of Eating, copyright 2014

That’s it. Done. I like to make this in one of our glass storage containers and just pop it into the fridge to let it stew for a while before I serve it.

Quick Asian-inspired cucumber salad by Eve Fox, The Garden of Eating, copyright 2014

When you’re ready, just pull it out of the fridge and serve it up. Crunch, crunch. Yum.

Quick Asian-inspired cucumber salad by Eve Fox, The Garden of Eating, copyright 2014

Asian-Inspired Cucumber Salad
Serves 4-6 as a side

Ingredients

* 3-4 fresh cucumbers, rinsed and ends removed (if they’re supermarket cukes, I’d peel them since the skin is usually waxed)
* 1/8 onion, skin removed (feel free to use more if you like onion)
* Handful of fresh cilantro leaves, washed and dried with the stems removed
* 1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
* 1/4 cup organic olive oil
* pinch of sesame seeds (optional)

Directions

1. Slice the cucumbers – the thickness is really up to you, depending on how you like ‘em, but I’d slice them thinly enough to ensure they can soak up some flavor from the dressing, especially if you’re not making this much ahead of time. Slice the onions – these I’d recommend doing very thinly. I like to use my beloved, hand-held mandoline to quickly produce paper-thin slivers of onion but a knife will also do the job fine. Coarsely chop the cilantro.

2. Toss the sliced vegetables and herbs in a serving bowl with the rice vinegar and the oil. Taste it and adjust the seasoning as needed. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve or put it in the fridge to soak up some flavor for at least half an hour. You can also make this up to a day ahead and store it in the fridge.

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60 comments

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen5 months ago

Thank you

Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay Kemp5 months ago

Wow, this looks absolutely delicious!

Karen F.
Karen F.5 months ago

I love cucumber so much. The delightful crunchiness of them in a salad or sandwich, or just eaten as is. Tip for hot days people: if you don't mind looking a bit of a goose (I don't, I like geese) try putting a strip of cucumber, skin down on your forehead while you're at home. It will stick to your forehead and cool you down several degrees.

Magdalena J.
Alice L.about a year ago

Thank you!

Angela K.
Angela K.1 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe1 years ago

We had a ton of cucumbers from our garden this year. It got to the point of giving them away because we got tired of them!
I put this in my recipe file to try later! Thanks!

Vicky P.
Vicky P.1 years ago

looks good

Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage se1 years ago

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Catrin K.

I love cucumbers , so refreshing .

Karen P.
Karen F.1 years ago

I love cucumber.. An awful lot of people poo poo it for its 'blandness' but I love its cool and crunchy texture, it brings sandwiches, salads and so much more to life. A great tip in hot weather: peel a strip of cucumber skin, and apply the cut side to your forehead. Fashionable and sexy it may not be, but it will stick to your skin and cool you down several degrees. Try it it really works, and a couple of slices under tired eyes is fantastically soothing.