This Japanese-inspired cool, crisp salad is as elegant and well balanced as it is simple. Source: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2005

Jessie Price
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Peel cucumbers to leave alternating green stripes. Slice the cucumbers in half lengthwise; scrape the seeds out with a spoon. Using a food processor or sharp knife, cut into very thin slices. Place in a double layer of paper towel and squeeze gently to remove any excess moisture.

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  • Combine vinegar, sugar and salt in a medium bowl, stirring to dissolve. Add the cucumbers and sesame seeds; toss well to combine. Serve immediately.

Tips

Tip: To toast sesame seeds, heat a small dry skillet over low heat. Add sesame seeds and stir constantly until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.

Nutrition Facts

46 calories; 2.3 g total fat; 147 mg sodium. 137 mg potassium; 4.2 g carbohydrates; 0.7 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 1.3 g protein; 72 IU vitamin a iu; 3 mg vitamin c; 14 mcg folate; 14 mg calcium; 7 mg iron; 12 mg magnesium; 1 g added sugar;

Reviews (20)

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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2016
LOVE this recipe! I add cooked shrimp and eat it as a main dish. Can't get enough of it! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/05/2016
Very easy and tasty. I took some of the advice of previous reviewers and added a bit more sugar. It was very easy to make and served it with the Asian marinated pork tenderloin steamed broccoli and rice. It's a keeper of a recipe. Pros: Quick and easy Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/23/2015
Close to Japanese restaurants I doubled the rice vinegar & salt & used 2.5 tablespoons of sugar. Made it a little sweeter but not too much. I like the vinegar flavor but 1 tablespoon of sugar left a slight aftertaste. The changes above left for no odd aftertaste. Pros: easy to make Cons: needed a little tweaking Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/16/2015
This salad is refreshing paired with anything Asian. I used black sesame seeds - beautiful. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/25/2015
needs more sugar!!! Made the mistake of not tasting the vinegar mix before dumping on my cucumbers. Japanese cucumber salad is supposed to be sweet!!! This is not. 1tsp of sugar is horribly inadequate to sweating 1/4C of vinegar. Wish I would have tasted first!! Adjust the sugar and I think it'd be great. Pros: easy Cons: not authentic Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2014
Incredibly delicious Exactly like at sushi resturaunts!! SOOOOO YUMMY!!!!! I'm addicted!! Pros: Just like at sushi resturaunt a Cons: None Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2014
The perfect light cucumber salad. Exactly the recipe I've been looking for. Still great without the sesame seeds and improves in flavor and crispness after refrigeration. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/05/2013
Faulty nutritional info? lovely salad but I don't see how one gets 35%DV of iron in a half tablespoon of sesame seeds per serving Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2013
Refreshing and easy A wonderful simple salad. Refreshing easy side for any BBQ it went over well at a potluck. Only thing I do differently is slice the cucumbers in half-moon shapes rather than making the ribbons as I find that to be easier. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2013
Amazing low calorie snack! I loved it! I always grab a bunch of the cucumber salad at Asian buffets and I finally looked into making one. I loved this japanese version. Will make it every week I am officially addicted! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
09/10/2012
Fast easy tasty Refreshing salad if you like the vinegar flavor which I do. I served fresh sliced tomatoes and put the cucumber salad over them. Great combo. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2012
Cool and refreshing My husband and I both loved this salad. It was extremely simple and fast to make and worked well for a picnic. The toasted sesame seeds were delightful and really gave the salad it's wonderful flavor. I didn't have rice vinegar but used white wine vinegar instead which turned out delicious. Pros: Super simple to make loved the toasted sesame seeds Cons: None! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2012
Delicious every time I have made this several times & we never tire of it. It is easy to make healthy & delicious. It goes perfectly with many meals but I like to use it to balance an otherwise heavy meal where a regular salad would be too much. I may add a few raw carrots as well. Pros: Easy & quick Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2012
Right on I always get this cucumber salad when I go to my local sushi place. I looked up a few recipes and this was the perfect copycat. I cut my cucumber into thicker slices and added fresh sliced strawberries. The perfect sweet/sour/salty combination. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Not as amazing as I hoped but decent. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was absolutely wonderful! Very fresh and light easy to make. Would go with any type of meal not just Asian. This will be a new staple in our house! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very simple yet very elegant salad. Cool and refreshing this will be something I make often. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this very easy salad and my husband ate the whole thing. all I got was a taste of it.next time I'm going to double the recipe. maybe than I'll get some. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Great combination of sweet and sour from the rice vinegar. The toasted sesame seeds are essential so make sure you have 'em on hand:) YUM. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Summer Salad Good looking summer salad with interesting flavors. I will be adding this to my menu. Read More