Spicy Cucumber Salad
This Spicy Cucumber Salad has a delicious dressing with Asian flavors and is topped with Sesame Seeds, and this slightly-sweet cucumber salad is perfect with Asian dishes!
I love cucumbers and Asian flavors, so it’s not surprising that this Spicy Cucumber Salad would be something I’d enjoy and want to make over and over. The combination of cool cucumbers and spicy dressing ingredients gives this so much delicious flavor!
This recipe uses the European cucumbers which are never bitter, and the recipe calls for the cucumbers to be salted and allowed to sit for 30 minutes to release water before they’re combined with the spicy dressing. I’ve made this quite a few times skipping that step, so feel free to do that if it seems too fussy for you.
But if you like spicy Asian Chile Garlic Sauce (affiliate link) you have to try this recipe! This is a definite repeater for me.
How to Make Spicy Cucumber Salad:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- Peel cucumbers, cut in half lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds. I used the long English or European cucumbers, so I cut them in half to make them easier to handle.
- Toss the cucumbers with 1 T salt (preferably Kosher salt) and let drain for 30 minutes. This is less necessary with European cucumbers, but it does make the salad less watery. (I’ve made this salad quite a few times skipping this step if it seems to fussy to you!
- Then wipe cucumbers dry, which removes most of the salt as well.
- Whisk together soy sauce or Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link), rice vinegar, Chile Garlic Sauce (affiliate link), garlic, Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or sweetener of your choice, and sesame oil to make the spicy dressing.
- Then toss the cucumbers with dressing, and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. YUM!
More Fabulous Salads with Cucumbers:
- 2 European cucumbers (see notes)
- 1 T salt, for salting cucumbers to remove water (optional)
- 1 T toasted sesame seeds
- 1 T soy sauce (see notes)
- 3 T rice vinegar (see notes)
- 1 T Chili Garlic Sauce (see notes)
- 1/2 tsp. minced garlic (I used garlic puree from a jar)
- 1 T Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (see notes)
- 3 T Asian sesame oil
- Peel cucumbers and cut in half lengthwise.
- Scrape out seeds with a sharp spoon, then cut cucumbers in to 1/4 inch slices.
- Put cucumbers and salt in a colander and let drain for at least 30 minutes (I've made this many times skipping this step, but it will make a salad that's less watery. Your choice on whether or not to do it.)
- While cucumbers drain, whisk together soy sauce or Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link), rice vinegar, Chile Garlic Sauce (affiliate link), garlic, Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or sweetener of your choice, and sesame oil.
- Let dressing ingredients hang out at room temperature so flavors will blend.
- After 30 minutes, or when desired amount of water has been released, wipe cucumbers with paper towels and place in plastic bowl. (The goal is to remove water as well as most of the salt.)
- Stir in dressing, enough to coat cucumbers.
- You probably won’t need all the dressing; save for another salad.
- Toast sesame seeds for about 30 seconds in dry pan over very hot heat, then sprinkle over salad. (I buy pre-toasted sesame seeds from the Asian grocer, but I still toast them for a few seconds to release the sesame flavor.)
- Serve immediately and wait for compliments!
If you don't have long European cucumbers I's use three medium cucumbers. I'd use Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) for this salad, but use any sweetener of your choice. I used Chile Garlic Sauce (affiliate link) but any Asian type hot chile sauce will work. Use Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link) for this recipe if needed. Don't use seasoned rice vinegar which contains sugar if you want a salad that's low in carbs.
Recipe adapted slightly from The Best Vegetable Recipes (affiliate link).
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2040mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Spicy Cucumber Salad with Sesame Seeds is a great dish for low-carb or low-glycemic diet plans, and for any phase of the South Beach Diet.
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