Simple dishes are often the best, right!? This amazing crunchy, fragrant Chinese cucumber salad recipe is just that. Perfect as an accompaniment to many dishes and a cinch to put together at home. Learn how…
Whenever I eat a Chinese feast at a restaurant or at home, I'm always sure to order a Chinese cucumber salad. It's a simple, wonderful, cooling dish - that offers fragrance and texture in equal measure. It feels like it should be difficult to put together, but it's really not. It's all about assemblage! That makes it perfect for making at home - and most times, for me, it's the star of the show.
Stuff you'll need
Making this dish at home is simple. The key is the dressing for the salad. Rich in authentic chinese flavours and a fragrant burst of deliciousness. I literally cannot get enough of the stuff! Here are some of the key ingredients for the salad - a full recipe is below.
Cucumber (I remove the seeds and salt them, then squeeze out the excess water. It makes for a splendid texture to the finished dish.
Rice vinegar (a touch of acid and sourness)
Sesame oil (oh boy! I can't tell you how smoky, nutty and perfect it is in this dressing)
Peanut oil (more nuttiness!)
Soy sauce (light soy - salty and umami!)
Sugar (counteracts the salt and sour)
Garlic & Ginger - Did anyone order a side of fragrant!?
When all these ingredients come together, the results are so good! A perfect balance of sweet, salt and sour. And how long did that take to put together! 5 minutes - tops!
So, get ready to have a super easy and quick Chinese salad under your belt for the next time you want to experience authentic Chinese restaurant food, without putting your shoes on and leaving the house. And why have take out, when you can takeaway this amazing recipe?!
More delicious Chinese recipes
If you're serving this cucumber dish at home with a homespun Chinese spread of your own, why not try one or more of my other delicious recipes.
Cut cucumber in half, and using a teaspoon, scrape out the seeds and discard. Cut the cucumber in half lengthways and then cut into 1-inch pieces.
Toss the cucumber pieces into a sieve over a bowl and then sprinkle over the salt & sugar. Mix a little and then leave for 20 minutes to let the moisture seep out.
Making the dressing
Whisk together the salt, sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, peanut oil, minced garlic and minced ginger. Set aside.
After 20 minutes, tumble the cucumber onto a clean tea towel. Gather up and squeeze out the excess moisture, be firm but don’t utterly destroy the cucumber inside!
Tip the cucumber back into a bowl and pour over the dressing. Toss gently then decant to a serving platter. You can chill the cucumber salad up to 6 hours – it’s best served cold! Just before you serve, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.
Chinese Cucumber Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 81Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Vitamin A 54IU1%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course | Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine | Chinese
Keyword | Cucumber
Did you make this?
How did your cucumber salad turn out? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to tag @cookeatinsta at Instagram.
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