Thinly sliced cucumbers and red onions tossed with a white wine vinaigrette dressing makes a light and refreshing salad. Top with rich black sesame seeds for major flavor action.
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We recently moved to a larger property and a bit out into the country (as country as it can get in a major metropolitan city). One of the biggest perks of this property is undoubtedly the garden area, complete with horse manure. The prior owners owned horses on this property so it's no doubt this soil is saturated with natural fertilizer.
One of the first things we were able to harvest this summer were our cucumbers. My kids would often just pick it straight from the vine and eat it like fruit. We are thoroughly enjoying our cucumber crop and that means lots of happy cucumber recipes too.
Related: Cabbage and Cucumber Salad
The food that we grow and consequently put on the table is an expression of our value for clean, wholesome foods. I find it incredibly rewarding to walk into my garden and pick the lettuces, tomatoes, herbs and other gorgeous foods that not only taste good but feel good too. I value the hard work that we as a family (but mostly my husband) puts into this little homestead of ours knowing that these foods were grown in optimal environment.
But those values don't stop at fresh produce only. It is just as important to source quality spices and seasonings. That's why it's important for me to support the brands that share the same values for nutrition and wholesome eating. Choosing high quality, ethically sourced spices transforms the clean ingredients that I'm growing at home into nutritious dishes that the whole family will enjoy.
Simply Organic produces 100% certified organic and ethically sources spices and seasoning mixes. Furthermore, they give back 1% of sales to support organic growers and the organic community. Remember: those values again! I love that I can trust Simply Organic to provide all my spice and seasoning needs when I can't grow them myself. Because, let's face it, growing sesame seeds is not in the near future.
Asian Cucumber Salad
This Asian Cucumber Salad is so quick and easy to put together. You can enjoy it right away while it's still fresh and crunchy, or set it in the refrigerator for a few days up to a week for a more pickled flavor. Whichever way you enjoy this salad, just be sure not to skimp on the sesame seeds. They are by far the star of the show here. These organic little gems add robust flavor and crunch to the salad.
The cucumbers are finely sliced and joined with thin red onion ribbons. Next, they're tossed with a zesty vinaigrette of white wine vinegar, coconut aminos, sesame oil and spices. Finally, the Black Sesame Seeds from Simply Organic add rich seasoning to this already delicious salad.
Asian Cucumber Salad
- 6 seedless cucumbers
- ¼ small red onion
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sesame seed oil
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon unrefined salt
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds + more for garnish
- Thinly slice cucumbers using a mandolin or sharp knife, place in medium size bowl. Add thinly sliced red onions to the bowl.
- In a small bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients for dressing. Mix well. Pour dressing over the cucumbers and onions and combine everything thoroughly.
- Garnish with additional sesame seeds and fresh cilantro. Enjoy immediately or place in the refrigerator for up to a week for a more "pickled" taste.
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Carol Little R.H. says
LOVE cucumber salads. Make several versions. Cannot wait to try this one, Anya!
Hope you enjoy this salad, Carol. Cucumbers are so awesome!
Emily @ Recipes to Nourish says
This cucumber salad is so perfect! This would be a huge hit in my home, we love Asian inspired dishes. Simply beautiful Anya!
Thanks Emily! I'm certain your family would enjoy this!
Joni Gomes says
Looks easy and delicious!
It is, Joni. 🙂
Raia Todd says
Your salads always make me hungry! I love the addition of black sesame in this one!
They add a nice flavor and texture too.
Yes, cucumber salads are the best! So crunchy and refreshing. What a great recipe!
Thanks Jean. They are the best!
Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! says
This looks so fresh and delicious, and also a great way to use up the black sesame seeds I have in the spice cupboard!
linda spiker says
What a beautiful, simple way to serve cucumbers!
Agreed!! Thanks Linda. 🙂
Love that dressing - sounds amazing! One of my girls is literally obsessed with all things cucumbers - she will love this salad! Thank you!
I love a good refreshing cucumber salad when it's warm out!
Jo Romero says
No one in our family really like cucumbers, and your post has me wondering whether I've just not been preparing them properly! Think I'll give this salad a try. Looks beautiful!
Thanks Jo. Give this one a try. It's quite tasty.
Love cucumber salad. It's one of our favorite summer go-to salad in my household. Love it !
Thank you. 🙂 We love it too.
Michele Spring says
Wow, you Californians get cucumbers early! Mine are still teeeeny tiiiiiny plants. Sigh. 🙂 But when mine get bigger I'll have to try this salad since it looks so delicious and refreshing!
Yeah...we're pretty lucky to be getting cukes so early in the season.
Cristina Curp says
MMM mmm MMM this looks delicious! The perfect bbq side dish. Tangy and refreshing. Thank you!
Amanda Torres // TheCuriousCoconut.com says
YES! I am making this this week, I'm swimming in cucumbers!!
Nice! That's the best!
Holley Marth says
Tart and crispy! I am excited to make this salad!
Georgina Young says
Asian salads are just the best - and so elegant too! That dressing sounds divine <3
Real Food with Dana says
This is one of my favorite summer salads! So refreshing. Love it!
Darryl Edwards says
A great way to jazz up cucumbers! Something I can easily accomplish too. Thank you!
Becky Winkler says
This looks like such a refreshing side dish to pair with a stir-fry!
Love the added sesame seeds!
I have to bring a salad to a party this weekend. I am totally going to make this.
Hope everyone likes it! 🙂
I love this twist on the cucumber salad. Thanks!
Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving says
I never would have thought to use sesame seeds! Looks delicious!