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Easy Korean cucumber salad with Asian dressing is a delicious cold side dish or vegetarian dish. You can make it spicy or leave a bit sweet. If you loved making our cucumber chips you are going to love this cool refreshing recipe with them too.

Korean Cucumber Salad

Get out a large bowl because you might want to double this cold cucumber salad Korean style! A perfect picnic or potluck dish that is vegetarian and an easy side dish that is family friendly and cheap to make. Make pretty with a spiralizer or slice thin to enjoy. (affiliate links present)

Korean Cucumber Salad Recipe

When it comes to refreshing and light side dishes, cucumber and raw carrot salad take the spotlight. This simple yet delightful dish is a perfect accompaniment to a wide range of meals, whether you’re hosting a summer barbecue, planning a picnic, or simply craving a healthy and tasty addition to your daily menu. With its crisp texture, vibrant colors, and zesty flavors, cucumber salad is a true champion of versatility and satisfaction.

The foundation of any cucumber salad is, of course, the cucumbers themselves. Cucumbers are a popular vegetable known for their high water content, making them incredibly hydrating. They are also low in calories, packed with essential nutrients, and provide a refreshing crunch.

TikTok Cucumber Salad

Whether you choose the traditional green cucumbers or opt for the more unique varieties like English cucumbers or Persian cucumbers, you can’t go wrong with this essential ingredient.

Korean Cucumber Salad Recipe

How do you cut a spiral cucumber?

You can use a spiralizer machine or use a sharp knife and start at one end. Slice twisting it around all the way down to the other end as you see above.

One of the great things about cucumber salad is its adaptability. There are countless variations of this dish, allowing you to customize it to your liking and experiment with different flavors. A classic cucumber salad often combines thinly sliced cucumbers with red onions, fresh dill, and a tangy dressing made from vinegar, oil, and a touch of sweetness.

The possibilities are endless. You can add additional ingredients like cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, feta cheese, olives, or herbs such as mint or basil, to create your own signature salad.

Recipe Korean Cucumber Salad

The key to a fantastic cucumber salad lies in the preparation. Start by choosing firm, crisp cucumbers and slice them thinly for the best texture. If you prefer a more tender bite, you can peel the cucumbers before slicing, although leaving the skin intact adds a pleasant color and additional nutrients.

To enhance the salad’s flavors, soak the sliced cucumbers in a bowl of cold water with a pinch of salt for about 10 minutes, then drain and pat them dry. This step helps to remove any bitterness and ensures the cucumbers are perfectly seasoned.

Recipe Korean Cucumber Salad

Spicy Cucumber Salad

Next, you’re going to select your complementary ingredients for spicy Korean cucumber salad or leave it mild. Red onions provide a touch of sharpness and a vibrant hue, while fresh dill adds a fragrant and herbaceous note. Feel free to experiment with other vegetables, cheeses, or herbs that you enjoy to create a salad that suits your taste preferences.

When it comes to the dressing, a classic vinaigrette like the one in our bacon pasta salad or this one with a bit of sweetness, soy sauce and rice vinegar is great too. However, you can also opt for a creamy dressing, such as yogurt-based or sour cream-based, to add richness to the salad.

Once all the ingredients are combined, it’s important to let the flavors meld together. Allow the salad to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. This step ensures that the cucumbers absorb the flavors of the dressing and other ingredients, resulting in a harmonious and satisfying taste experience. Remember to give the salad a gentle toss just before serving to distribute the dressing evenly.

Spicy Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Chickpea Salad

When it’s finally time to dig in, you’ll discover the rewards of your efforts. Each bite offers a refreshing crunch from the cucumbers, a burst of tanginess from the dressing, and a medley of flavors from the additional ingredients. If you wanted to add a bit more texture, you could add 1/2 cup of canned, drained chickpeas!

The cucumber salad’s lightness and versatility make it an ideal side dish for grilled meats, roasted vegetables, or even as a topping for sandwiches and wraps. It’s a fantastic way to add a touch of brightness to your meals and elevate the overall dining experience. These are the ingredients for cucumber salad;

  • 5 mini cucumbers or 2-3 regular sizes
  • Salt
  • 1.5 tsp soy sauce
  • Minced garlic
  • Rice vinegar
  • 3 tsp chili oil
  • Sugar to make it slightly sweet
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds optional
  • Green onions diced, optional

spiralizer is optional but will make it look fun like you see here. To make it spicy just add a sprinkle of Korean chili flakes into the vinaigrette. A light squeeze of fresh lemon juice is a nice touch too if you like.

Cucumber Chickpea Salad

How to Make Cucumber Salad

  • In a small bowl, mix the minced garlic, sugar, sesame seeds and green onion. Add rice vinegar and all of the oil. Mix together to coat.
  • To make funny spirals use a spiralizer, or just use a sharp knife and slice thin. Salt cucumbers and leave for 8-12 minutes to sit.
  • Then rinse them with water. Lay on paper towels to absorb a bit of the excess water. Put into a bowl. Pour rice vinegar marinade over cucumbers and toss to coat.
  • Serve with sesame seeds and green onions on top.

Here are a few questions you might have before you start, or jump to recipe below and get started.

What are the key ingredients in Korean Cucumber Salad?

The main ingredients in Korean Cucumber Salad are cucumbers, garlic, green onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, sugar, and Korean red chili flakes called gochugaru if you want some heat. Optional ingredients may include sesame seeds and sesame salt.

How long does Korean Cucumber Salad keep?

Korean or Thai Cucumber Salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. However, it is best enjoyed within the first day or two to maintain its crispness and flavors.

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Korean Cucumber Salad

Easy Korean cucumber salad with Asian dressing is a delicious cold side dish or vegetarian dish. You can make it spicy or leave a bit sweet.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Chinese, korean
Keyword cucumber, salad, spicy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 67kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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  • In a small bowl, mix the minced garlic, sugar, sesame seeds and green onion. Add rice vinegar and all of the oil. Mix together to coat.
  • To make funny spirals use a spiralizer, or just use a sharp knife and slice thin. Salt cucumbers and leave for 8-12 minutes to sit.
  • Then rinse them with water. Lay on paper towels to absorb a bit of the excess water. Put into a bowl. Pour rice vinegar marinade over cucumbers and toss to coat. Serve with sesame seeds and green onions on top.

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Nutrition Facts
Korean Cucumber Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 67 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 0.5g3%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 1252mg54%
Potassium 355mg10%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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