I’ll take my Asian Cucumber Salad Din Tai Fung style anytime of the year Thanks! Crunchy refreshing Chinese cucumber salad recipe with a garlicky and tangy honey chili vinaigrette literally goes well with everything! This Chinese style cucumber salad is super simple and addictive, and is just the dish to keep you cool all summer long!
Asian Cucumber Salad with Honey Chili Vinaigrette
Cucumber is probably one of my favorite vegetables in summer months. It’s a super versatile vegetable that pairs literally with any salad dressings. I’ve used it in many of my recipes – from Chinese smashed cucumber salad and Japanese potato salad to Chinese stir-fry dish – Moo shu chicken.
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Today’s Asian-style cucumber salad is inspired by Din Tai Fung. What makes this dish so good is a terrific honey garlic vinaigrette which you can make it spicy or not spicy to the juicy, crisp cucumber.
What you need for Asian easy cucumber salad recipe
- Persian or mini cucumbers
- Coarse sea salt
Honey Chili Garlic Vinaigrette – Asian Cucumber Salad Dressing:
- Rice vinegar
- Honey or keto honey (product link in recipe card)
- Toasted sesame oil
- Sichuan chili oil (optional. product link in recipe card)
What type of cucumbers to use
I recommend using Persian cucumbers, Japanese cucumbers, or Mini cucumbers. Persian cucumbers are small, have thin skin, and are nearly seedless. They are super crunchy, snappy, a little sweet, and less watery. Because the skin is thin you don’t need to peel it.
Asian Cucumber Substitute
If you can’t find Asian cucumbers, the next best substitute is English cucumbers. English cucumber also has thin skin so you don’t need to peel it but it tastes less sweet and a bit more watery so make sure you block the water well with a paper towel, following the instructions below.
How to make Chinese Cucumber Salad
- Salt: Dice the cucumbers to ½-inch thick cylinder shape pieces. Toss with salt and let rest for 30-45 minutes.
- Dressing: Combine the salad dressing in a bowl.
- Rinse: Rinse the cucumbers to remove the salt.
- Dry: Pat dry the cucumbers with a clean towel.
- Combine: Pour the dressing over the cucumber. Toss well and serve!
Why need to salt the cucumbers
For this Asian cucumber salad recipe, the salt does two things –
- It draws water from the cucumbers and therefore they remain crunchy
- Salt seasons the cucumbers and therefore they are more tasty.
How long does the cucumber salad keep in the fridge
If the cucumbers are mixed with the dressing, I recommend finishing it the next day.
How to make ahead
If the cucumbers haven’t mixed with the dressing and are patted dry after salting, you can store them in a container, lined with clean paper towels in the fridge for 2 days. Just toss them with the dressing before serving. This is the best way to make ahead Chinese cucumber salad!
What to serve with Asian Cucumber Salad Recipe
To keep it cool and easy, here are some great ideas – Shirataki cold noodles with paleo “peanut” sauce, Thai “peanut sauce” with cucumber noodles, Low carb kimchi pancake, Easy bang bang shrimp, crispy rice paper dumplings, or Honey sriracha chicken. Browse more of my paleo appetizer recipes.
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