Asian Cucumber Salad

Sweet and spicy, with flavors of toasted sesame and fresh peanuts, this easy Asian Cucumber Salad is flavorful and light, a delicious and unique side dish.

Sweet and spicy, with flavors of toasted sesame and fresh peanuts, this easy Asian Cucumber Salad is flavorful and light, a delicious and unique side dish.

As #FarmersMarketWeek 2019 draws to a close, I wanted to thank Ellen from Family Around the Table and Christie of A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting this week. This is one of the events I love each year because it highlights all of summer’s most delicious fresh produce. Thank you ladies!

My last recipe of the week was created because I’ve had cucumbers coming out my ears this summer. It was a good harvest this year, and I’ve been getting 4-8 cucumbers a week. That’s a lot when my house aren’t huge cucumber eaters. I’ve made 3 batches of pickles this summer, ate a whole bunch for snack, snuck them into dinner with Slow Cooker Pork Banh Mi Bowls, gave some to neighbors and friends, and even got my kids to start nibbling on them. But I still have more than we can get through.


Sweet and spicy, with flavors of toasted sesame and fresh peanuts, this easy Asian Cucumber Salad is flavorful and light, a delicious and unique side dish.

Enter this Asian Cucumber Salad. I saw it on Instagram and immediately knew I had to make it. It takes only 5 minutes to put together and then chills in the fridge (for at least an hour) until ready to serve. Let me tell you – this salad is SO GOOD! Not going to lie, I’m not much of a salad eater, but this one – hugely flavorful. A little sweet thanks to a good dose of sugar and rice wine vinegar, and a little spicy, thanks to red pepper flakes. But the prevailing flavors are sesame and peanut. I could have eaten the whole bowl on my own.

Sweet and spicy, with flavors of toasted sesame and fresh peanuts, this easy Asian Cucumber Salad is flavorful and light, a delicious and unique side dish.

I adjusted the proportions of the original recipe, from The Modern Proper because there was just way too much dressing – not sure if it was because I used less cucumbers or what, but the below recipe will give you correct quantities. Note: You’ll want about 3 cups of sliced cucumbers, so depending on the size of your cucumbers, the quantity may vary. I also clarified the directions quite a bit, ensuring that all critical steps are included in the recipe card you’ll find below.

Sweet and spicy, with flavors of toasted sesame and fresh peanuts, this easy Asian Cucumber Salad is flavorful and light, a delicious and unique side dish.

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Sweet and spicy, with flavors of toasted sesame and fresh peanuts, this easy Asian Cucumber Salad is flavorful and light, a delicious and unique side dish.

Asian Cucumber Salad

Sweet and spicy, with flavors of toasted sesame and fresh peanuts, this easy Asian Cucumber Salad is flavorful and light, a delicious and unique side dish.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian-Inspired
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 82 kcal
Author Liz

Ingredients

Ingredients for the Dressing

  • 1/4 c. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbs granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbs. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

Ingredients for the Salad

  • 2 cucumbers* (see notes)
  • 1/4 c. coarsely chopped peanuts

Instructions

Make the Dressing:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk slight to combine. Allow to sit for a few minutes while you prep the salad, to allow the flavors to meld, whisking as needed.

Make the Salad:

  1. Wash cucumbers. Slice off ends and then peel. Cut in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds with a small spoon. Cut into 1/4-1/2 inch thick crescents.

  2. Place cucumbers in a bowl and toss with dressing. Refrigerate for an hour.

  3. Toss again, and top with crushed peanuts just before serving.

Recipe Notes

* You need 3 cups of cucumbers, sliced according to the directions. This is probably 1 1/2 large cucumbers. If your cucumbers are short and stubby (like mine), that's about 3 cucumbers.

This recipe makes 6-1/2 cup servings.

This recipe was adapted from The Modern Proper.

Sweet and spicy, with flavors of toasted sesame and fresh peanuts, this easy Asian Cucumber Salad is flavorful and light, a delicious and unique side dish.

Thanks again to Ellen from Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting our Farmer’s Market Event!

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