Spicy Cucumber Salad – Kalyn’s Kitchen

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posted by Kalyn Denny on July 12, 2021

This Spicy Cucumber Salad has a straightforward dressing with Asian flavors, and this sweet-sour-spicy cucumber salad is a refreshing aspect dish! I like the salad topped with toasted sesame seeds!

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I like cucumbers and Asian flavors, so it’s not shocking that this Spicy Cucumber Salad can be one thing I’d take pleasure in and need to make again and again. The mixture of cool cucumbers and spicy dressing components offers this a lot scrumptious taste!

This recipe is ideal to make with the European cucumbers that are by no means bitter, and the recipe requires the cucumbers to be salted and allowed to sit down for half-hour to launch water earlier than they’re mixed with the spicy dressing. I’ve made this fairly a couple of occasions skipping that step, so be happy to try this if it appears too fussy for you. However if you happen to like spicy Asian flavors, you must do this recipe! This can be a particular repeater for me.

This was one of many first cucumber salads I posted on my weblog, so I’m unsure why it’s taken me so lengthy to replace the photographs! However I do need to point out that by means of the years I’ve discovered myself adjusting the dressing components so the salad has extra candy, bitter, and spicy flavors from sweetener, rice vinegar, and chili garlic sauce and fewer soy-sesame flavors from the soy sauce and sesame oil. This up to date recipe has the proportions of these components I now desire. If you make it, I encourage you to get all of the dressing components out on the counter, make the dressing, after which style it to see if you happen to’d like so as to add a bit extra of any of the flavors!

What components do you want for this salad?

Do you really want to salt the cucumbers?

The step of salting the cucumbers for half-hour, attracts out a few of the water that’s within the cucumber. If you happen to’re going to eat the salad immediately, I positively suppose you’ll be able to skip that step. If the salad goes to sit down within the fridge or you’ve leftovers, the soy sauce within the dressing will draw out some water which can make the salad simply barely extra watery. I discover that the European cucumbers I like to recommend don’t launch as a lot water as some sorts of cucumbers, and I’ve made the salad many occasions utilizing these and skipped the salting step.

What different kinds of cucumbers can you employ?

There are many several types of cucumbers, and most of them will work for this salad. In fact any cucumber salad is all the time nice with contemporary backyard cucumbers, and I’d all the time use these if I’ve them. However if you happen to’re shopping for cucumbers on the retailer I would like the lengthy European Cucumbers (that come wrapped in plastic) or small Persian Cucumbers (typically known as mini-cucumbers) for this salad. Backyard cucumbers could have a bit extra water than the opposite two, so they are going to profit most from the salting step if you happen to select to do it.

What components give this salad Asian flavors?

This cucumber salad has Asian flavors from soy sauce, Chili Garlic Sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and sesame seeds.

Extra salad concepts for individuals who love cucumbers:

If you happen to’re somebody who loves cucumbers like I do, take a look at my assortment of Low-Carb Cucumber Salads to Preserve You Cool! There are greater than 25 totally different tasty cucumber salad concepts there to make all summer season lengthy.

Spicy Cucumber Salad process shots collage

Suggestions for making this Spicy Cucumber Salad:

(Scroll down for full recipe with dietary info.)

  1. Peeling cucumbers is optionally available (except you’re utilizing common store-bought cucumbers which have a waxy pores and skin.)
  2. I just like the look of the stripes, so I peel cucumbers and lower in half lengthwise, then slice. In case your cucumber has giant seeds, I’d scrape these out with a spoon after you chop cucumbers in half.
  3. Toss cucumbers with 1 T salt (ideally Kosher salt) and let drain for half-hour. That is much less obligatory with European cucumbers or Persian cucumbers, however it does make the salad much less watery. (I’ve made this salad fairly a couple of occasions skipping this step, so take your alternative on it!
  4. Whereas cucumber sit to launch water, whisk collectively dressing components. Then style to see if you happen to’d like to regulate the flavors a bit, including any ingredient you’d like a bit extra of.
  5. After half-hour, wipe cucumbers dry, which removes many of the salt as nicely.
  6. Then toss the cucumbers with dressing, and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. YUM!

spicy cucumber salad in serving dish with plate and chopsticks in background

Favourite Low-Carb Salads with Cucumbers:

Al’s Well-known Hungarian Cucumber Salad
Spicy Chopped Greek-Model Salad with Peperoncini
Cucumber and Radish Salad with Feta Dressing
Cucumber, and Radish Salad
Cucumber and Avocado Salad with Lime, Mint, and Feta



  • 2 European cucumbers (see notes)
  • 1 T salt, for salting cucumbers to take away water (optionally available)
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds

Dressing Substances:

  • 2 tsp. soy sauce (see notes)
  • 2 T rice vinegar (see notes)
  • 2 T Chili Garlic Sauce (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic 
  • 2 T Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (see notes)
  • 1 T Asian sesame oil


  1. Peel strips of pores and skin from cucumbers and lower in half lengthwise.
  2. Scrape out seeds with a pointy spoon (if the cucumber has giant seeds), then lower cucumbers into slices.
  3. Put cucumbers and salt in a colander and let drain for a minimum of half-hour (I’ve made this many occasions skipping this step, however it can make a salad that is much less watery. Your alternative on whether or not or to not do it.)
  4. Whereas cucumbers drain, whisk collectively soy sauce or Gluten-Free Soy Sauce, unseasoned rice vinegar, Chile Garlic Sauce, minced garlic, Golden Monkfruit Sweetener or sweetener of your alternative, and sesame oil.
  5. Let dressing components hang around at room temperature so flavors will mix. (I like to recommend tasting the dressing to see if you wish to alter by including extra of any of the components.)
  6. After half-hour, or when desired quantity of water has been launched, wipe cucumbers with paper towels and place in plastic bowl. (The purpose is to take away water in addition to many of the salt.)
  7. Stir in dressing, and toss sufficient to coat cucumbers with dressing.
  8. Toast sesame seeds for about 30 seconds in dry pan over highly regarded warmth, then sprinkle over salad. (I purchase pre-toasted sesame seeds from the Asian grocer, however I nonetheless toast them for a couple of seconds to launch the sesame taste.)
  9. Serve instantly and watch for compliments!


If you do not have lengthy European cucumbers I’s use three medium cucumbers or 6-8 small Persian cucumbers would even be nice. I would use Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate hyperlink) for this salad, however use any sweetener of your alternative. I used Chile Garlic Sauce (affiliate hyperlink) however any Asian sort sizzling chile sauce will work. Use Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate hyperlink) for this recipe if wanted. Do not use seasoned rice vinegar which incorporates sugar if you need a salad that is low in carbs.

Recipe tailored barely from The Finest Vegetable Recipes (affiliate hyperlink).

Vitamin Data:



Serving Dimension:

Quantity Per Serving: Energy: 48Whole Fats: 3gSaturated Fats: 0gTrans Fats: 0gUnsaturated Fats: 2gLdl cholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1357mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

Vitamin info is robotically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I’m utilizing. I’m not a nutritionist and can’t assure 100% accuracy, since many variables have an effect on these calculations.

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Low-Carb Eating regimen / Low-Glycemic Eating regimen / South Seaside Eating regimen Strategies:
Spicy Cucumber Salad is a superb dish for low-carb food regimen plans together with Keto, and this salad is nice for any section of the unique South Seaside Eating regimen.

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Historic Notes for this Recipe:
This favourite cucumber salad was first posted in 2007! It was up to date in 2021 with enormously improved photographs, plus a slight change to the dressing components to make a salad with extra candy, bitter, and spicy flavors and fewer soy and sesame flavors. Regulate dressing to your personal style, and revel in!

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