Japanese cucumber salad with ginger soy dressing

At a recent family gathering, I whipped up a quick cucumber salad that was a favourite at the table. The sweet soy sauce with a hit of ginger makes the dressing so addictive. Cucumbers are a perfect medium for soaking up the flavours. In this recipe, I chose the Japanese cucumbers because they were so cute (not the best reason but that’s why I bought them!).  English cucumber tastes just as good in the salad.

Japanese cucumbers

Japanese cucumbers

I often use the dressing to marinade fish and chicken. It is so versatile and delicious!


5 Japanese cucumbers- Thin slivers (discard the seeds)

3 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
¼ tsp oyster sauce
1 tsp sugar
2 drops of sesame seed oil
1 tsp of minced ginger
½ tsp of olive oil for toasting the sesame seeds

1 tsp of water (optional. For diluting the sauce)
Green onions-diced (optional garnish)

* If you don’t have oyster sauce, you can use hoisin sauce. A different taste but still goes well with the dressing.

Preparation work:

1. Wash and dry the cucumber. Using a peeler, make thin slivers. Keep peeling until you reach the core (seeds) and discard. The seeds contain too much water.

Cucumber slivers

Cucumber slivers

2. In a heated pan, add a bit of oil and toast the sesame seeds. This should take a few minutes max.
3. Finely mince the ginger (I used my zester to do this). Set aside.
4. In a bowl, first add in the sugar, followed by the soy sauce, minced ginger and rice wine vinegar. Mix. Add in the oyster sauce and sesame seed oil. Mix well.

Preparing the ginger soy dressing

Preparing the ginger soy dressing

Assembling steps:

  1. Add the dressing to the cucumber mixture and let the dressing soak into the cucumber. The salad taste best made at least 30 minutes before serving. Keep refrigerated.
  2. Before serving, I like to drain out excess dressing. Top with toasted sesame seeds.
Asian cucumber salad

Asian cucumber salad

Here are some ideas on how to serve the versatile and delicious cucumber salad:

1. On it’s own…as a salad! The thin slices look best when they are nicely placed on the dish.

Cucumber salad

2. As a beautiful appetizer, topped with a tuna steak or other proteins/vegetables.

Cucumber salad topped with a tuna steak

Cucumber salad topped with a tuna steak

3. As an ingredient in your dish or appetizer to brighten up the flavours. Here we have chopped tuna, cucumber and topped with caramelized onions and sesame seeds on a slice of French bread.

Dif ways to utilize the cucumbers

Diff ways to utilize the cucumbers

I love these flavours and so will you!

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