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Spicy Sesame Cucumber Salad

This simple cucumber salad uses Asian ingredients to make a refreshing dish to complement any meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian
Servings: 2
Calories: 50kcal
Author: Home Is A Kitchen


  • Bowl
  • Cup, tablespoon, and teaspoon measurements
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Mixing spoon


  • 1 whole English cucumber
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 tbs cilantro, loosely packed
  • 1 tbs scallions, diced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt Less if using table salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp toasted sesame seeds for garnish


  • Slice the ends off a washed English cucumber, then slice it in half length-wise, and then slice each half into thin half moon shapes. Set them aside in a large bowl.
  • Dice the cilantro and scallions and set aside.
  • In a bowl add the 1/4 cup of rice vinegar, 1 tsp of toasted sesame oil, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon of sugar, and mix everything very well. If you have a jar or container with a lid, shaking the dressing works very well.
  • Pour the dressing over the cucumbers and mix well.
  • Add the cilantro and scallions to the cucumbers and mix again.
  • Lastly, sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds over the top of the salad.
  • Serve the salad immediately or let it sit, covered, in the fridge for an hour or two. It wil actually taste even better after it sits for a bit!