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September 6, 2021

Asian Cucumber Salad

Dressed in a peanut vinaigrette, this easy Asian cucumber salad is a fresh mix of cucumbers, carrots, peanuts, cilantro and scallions.

Dressed in a peanut vinaigrette, this easy Asian cucumber salad is a fresh mix of cucumbers, carrots, peanuts, cilantro and scallions.

Asian Cucumber Salad

A salad doesn’t get much better when it is super crisp and fresh. Lettuce isn’t the only way to make this happen.

Sliced cucumbers are wonderful bases for salads with their distinct and satisfying crunch. Cucumber salads are fast and easy to make too.

With carrots, peanuts and cilantro, this is an Asian-inspired cucumber salad recipe. It goes well as a side for stir-fries, tofu dishes and fried rice. All of these mains are ready very quickly, so they time well with this simple salad.

I dress the cucumbers and carrots in peanut vinaigrette, a mix of natural peanut butter, fresh ginger, garlic, lime juice, soy sauce and rice vinegar.

This creamy vegan vinaigrette is just right for a cucumber carrot salad.

Asian Cucumber Salad

Types Of Cucumbers

You don’t have to stick with standard dark green skinned cucumbers. If those are all you can find, then I recommend peeling them for this recipe.

I like using English cucumbers instead. Also known as European or hothouse cucumbers because they are often grown in greenhouses, these cucumbers have thinner skin, so there’s no need to peel them. They are longer and more slender and have less seeds.

Their flavor is mild and goes well with the bold ingredients in this peanut dressing.

Salad ingredients in a bowl

How To Cut A Cucumber For A Salad

Since you don’t have to peel English cucumbers, the prep for this salad is very easy.

Just trim the ends of the cucumber, and slice it into thin round coins. That’s it.

Also, because English cucumbers don’t have many seeds, you don’t have to scoop them out.

The Ingredients

These are the ingredients you need for this cucumber salad recipe:

  • For Salad:
  • Cucumbers: Again, I prefer English cucumbers for their slender diameter, thin skin and lack of seeds.
  • Carrots: I usually buy pre-shredded carrots because they are neater than how they would turn out if I shredded carrots on my own using my box grater.
  • Scallions: For pleasant and light onion flavor, I include thinly sliced scallions.
  • Peanuts: To add some salty, nutty crunch, I stir chopped salted roasted peanuts into the salad.
  • Cilantro: For fresh herbs, cilantro is perfect with peanuts and cucumbers.
  • For Peanut Vinaigrette
  • Peanut butter: Make sure to use natural peanut butter.
  • Ginger: The recipe calls for minced fresh ginger.
  • Lime juice: For brightness and acidity, I whisk in the juice of a lime.
  • Olive oil: This oil is the base for the vinaigrette.
  • Soy sauce: I use soy sauce to give the dressing a little salty umami.
  • Rice vinegar: For a more subtle vinegar flavor, I like rice vinegar.
  • Maple syrup: This gives the vinaigrette a touch of sweetness. You could use honey instead, but then the dressing will not be vegan.
  • Salt & Pepper: No surprise, the vinaigrette is seasoned with salt and pepper.
Stirring vinaigrette into cucumber salad

How To Make An Asian Cucumber Salad

This cucumber carrot salad comes together in minutes.

All you have to do is combine sliced cucumbers, shredded carrots, scallions, chopped peanuts and cilantro in a big bowl.

Then in another bowl, whisk together the peanut vinaigrette. It’s a combination of peanut butter, fresh ginger, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple syrup, salt and pepper.

Finally, drizzle the dressing into the salad tossing around the cucumbers and carrots, so everything is coated in the vinaigrette.

Asian Cucumber Salad

What To Serve With A Cucumber Salad

This Asian cucumber salad is definitely meant to be a side salad. I serve it with stir-fries and sheet pan meals that have Asian flavors.

You can pair this cucumber salad with any of these dishes:

Ginger Garlic Veggie Tofu Stir-Fry
Tofu Peanut Vegetable Stir Fry
Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Black Bean Tofu
Broccoli Edamame Pea Fried Rice
Sheet Pan Teriyaki Tofu Broccolini
Frozen Vegetable Stir-Fry
Sheet Pan Kung Pao Tofu
Mixed Veggie Tofu Stir-Fry
Shrimp Fried Rice

More Cucumber Salad Recipes

Shishito Pepper Cucumber Salad
Watermelon Cucumber Corn Salad
Strawberry Cucumber Pasta Salad
Fattoush Salad
Chickpea Greek Salad

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Asian Cucumber Salad

Asian Cucumber Salad

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Vegan

Dressed in a peanut vinaigrette, this easy Asian cucumber salad is a fresh mix of cucumbers, carrots, peanuts, cilantro and scallions.

Ingredients

  • For salad
  • 1 pound English cucumbers, trimmed and thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped salted roasted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • For vinaigrette
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

In a large bowl, combine the cucumbers, carrots, scallions, peanuts and cilantro.

For the vinaigrette, whisk together the peanut butter, ginger, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple syrup, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Drizzle the vinaigrette into the cucumber salad, tossing to coat.

Notes

Serves 4 as a side salad.

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: asian cucumber salad, cucumber salad, cucumber carrot salad

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