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Asian Cucumber Salad served in a square, white bowl sitting on a marble countertop. A watercolor print napkin is to the right of the bowl and a turquoise planter is in the background.

Asian Cucumber Salad

  • Author: Glenda Embree
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 - 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Asian Cucumber Salad is cool, crisp, light and refreshing with knock-your-socks-off flavor. It’s naturally gluten free and superbly delicious!  It’s quick and easy to toss together and will be the perfect side dish or condiment for dozens of your favorite meals.


Units Scale
  • 1 to 1 1/4 lbs. mini cucumbers, sliced thin (Persian, English or any thin-skinned cucumber works)
  • 1/4 cup red onion slivers
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut aminos (can sub tamari or soy sauce. SEE NOTES)
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger (or 1 teaspoon dry)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
  • optional garnish: sesame seeds and/or red pepper flakes


  1. Slice cucumbers into thin rounds.
  2. Cut the red onion into thin slices and then cut the slices into quarters to create the slivers.
  3. Place the cucumbers and onions into a mixing bowl with the salt and toss to combine.  Set the bowl in the fridge and let the salt draw out excess moisture, while you whisk together the Asian Cucumber Salad Dressing.
  4. To make the salad dressing, combine the rice vinegar, sugar, coconut aminos, ginger sesame oil and chili garlic sauce in a measuring cup and whisk until thoroughly combined.
  5. After 15-30 minutes, drain the cucumbers and onions.  Pat them dry with paper towels.  I dry the bowl they sat in and then add them right back to that bowl.
  6. Now, pour over the salad dressing your prepared.
  7. Stir the Asian Cucumber Salad thoroughly, being sure that all the vegetables are coated.
  8. You can serve the salad immediately, but I like to let it rest in the fridge for about 15 minutes to give all the flavors a chance to meld.
  9. Serve as a side or a condiment.


Chili Garlic Sauce can usually be found in the ethnic food aisles at your grocery store.  Look where you would normally find soy sauce or sesame oil.

If gluten free is not an issue for you, you can sub soy sauce for the coconut aminos.  Tamari is a gluten free alternative that works.

  • Prep Time: 30
  • Category: Salad, Vegetable, Side Dish
  • Method: Cold Prep
  • Cuisine: Asian-American