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Looking for a super easy lightweight but tasty salad? This quick Asian cucumber onion salad is an easy side dish for you to enjoy within the next five minutes. Keto and Paleo approved, this simple recipe sure to be a winner in your home.

spicy cucumber salad

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The weather is starting to turn warm here and Maryland and I have been looking for some new refreshing side dishes in this Asian cucumber salad was exactly what I wanted. I had some extra cucumbers in the refrigerator and was looking through some great recipes on my Pinterest. I can’t wait until our cucumbers come in in the summer and I will use those from our garden. This is a great way to use up any extra cucumbers from your garden during the summer months that you are looking for a great salad to try out.

This time I use some mini English cucumbers that we’re going to go bad but I usually used to medium to large size pickling cucumbers and they work just as well. I try to keep cucumbers on hand for a quick and easy great appetizer and this time I bought too many!

Renee you left the skin on the cucumber slices?

cucumber with skin

I prefer to leave the skin on but you can take it off if that is your preference. I was in the mood for some chips so the skin really helped me with the extra crunch that I was looking for. Don’t forget the cucumber skin has a lot of nutrients and antioxidants that your body loves.

Just a sidenote if you are thinking about making this ahead of time and storing it for meal prep for the next day.

For best results I found that if I make this ahead of time and stored in a meal prep container it gets kind of soupy so prep your cucumber carrots and onion and a separate bowl. Place all of your wet ingredients into another small airtight container or small bowl with a lid for next time.


Grab a sharp knife!

Salad ingredients

Three fresh cucumbers medium to large size

One large carrot grated or chopped finely

1/3 cup of chopped red onion

Simple dressing

One and a half teaspoons of ginger

1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil

Half of a teaspoon of fish sauce

2 tablespoons coconut amino’s or soy sauce if you don’t have dietary concerns

2 drizzles of chili oil or 1 tbsp of chili sauce

1/2 tbsp of white wine vinegar

OPTIONAL: If you like a lot of heat add some chili flakes

A sprinkle of black or white sesame seeds

spicy easy cucumber salad

How to make this zesty Asian cucumber salad

Place the medium cucumbers, onions and carrots in a mixing bowl and then add the remaining ingredients at the end. Mix well and top off with the spices for your bit of heat that you desire. Always add them a little at a time so you don’t go over board.

favorite cucumber salad

This is my favorite cucumber salad and I really hope you enjoy it too! Let me know how it went in the comments.



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