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cucumbers, onions and sesame seeds in a bowl.
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Asian Cucumber Salad

Garden fresh cucumbers sliced incredibly thin with white onion make this Asian Cucumber Salad incredibly light and refreshing! 
Course Appetizer
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Sweating/Chilling Time 45 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 41kcal
Author Tracy



  • 2 large cucumbers English or Japanese
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 white or vidalia onion sliced in very thin half rounds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds toasted, optional
  • 1/3 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced


  • Slice cucumbers as thin as possible (with mandoline or by hand). Place a colander either in a clean sink or over a bowl. Layer the cucumbers in a single(ish) layer in the colander and sprinkle with salt. Repeat until all cucumbers are salted. Let sweat for at least 30 minutes or up to 60 minutes to release excess liquid.
  • Once cucumbers have drained, heat a small saute pan over medium heat. Add sesame seeds and toast for 1 -2 minutes stirring constantly so they don't burn. This step is optional.
  • Shake off excess water. Add cucumbers and thinly sliced onions to a bowl. Add rice wine vinegar, dill, and sesame seeds. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Cucumbers: English and Japanese Cucumbers work best for this recipe but you can't find them, use a regular cucumber but peel because the skin is much tougher.
Onion:  Yellow onions work well, too.
Dill: Substitute 1 teaspoon of dried for the 1 tablespoon of fresh. 
Sweat the Cucumbers: This step is not required, but it will help reduce the amount of water released from the cucumbers into the salad, which can dilute the flavors. 
A mandoline is not required but it will help! 


Serving: 4g | Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 731mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 158IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg