Cucumber & Celery Salad


This cucumber and celery salad is crunchy and fresh and strikes the perfect balance between salty and sweet. Gochugaru, a coarse Korean chili powder, brings mild heat to the dish. Gently smashing the cucumbers helps to evenly distribute the flavor. This is the perfect salad to eat with rice and tofu or grilled fish or shrimp.

a recipe photo of the Cucumber and Celery Salad
Photo: Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Margret Monroe Dickey, Prop Stylist: Christine Keely
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • ¾ teaspoon gochugaru (optional)

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 4 Persian cucumbers

  • 2 large stalks celery, thinly sliced diagonally (about 1 cup), leaves reserved


  1. Whisk garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, sugar, ginger, gochugaru (if using) and salt together in a large bowl.

  2. Gently smash cucumbers with the flat side of a knife and slice diagonally into thick bite-size pieces. Add the cucumbers and celery to the dressing; toss to coat. Let stand for 5 minutes.

  3. Divide the salad among 6 bowls and garnish with celery leaves.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

45 Calories
2g Fat
5g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 2/3 cup
Calories 45
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Vitamin A 139IU 3%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Folate 10mcg 3%
Vitamin K 17mcg 14%
Sodium 301mg 13%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Magnesium 12mg 3%
Potassium 153mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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