Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad

This easy recipe is loaded with garlic, sesame seeds, chili paste, and soy sauce. It’s got all your favorite Asian ingredients in one bite!

What Cucumbers Should I Use?

Persian, Japanese, English, or Turkish cucumbers are best for this recipe because they’ve got fewer seeds and thinner skin.

What You'll Need

Persian cucumbers Salt Water Garlic Apple cider vinegar Granulated sugar Gochujang chili paste Gochugaru chili powder Sesame oil Soy sauce Black sesame seeds

Slice the Cucumbers


Cut the cucumbers into 1/4″ slices and place them in a bowl.

Salt the Cucumbers


Sprinkle them with salt and give them a good mix. Then cover and refrigerate.

Rinse the Cucumbers


Remove them from the fridge and run them over cold water for a few minutes to rinse the salt off. 

Add the Sauces


Add the garlic, apple cider vinegar, sugar, Gochujang chili paste, Gochugaru chili powder, sesame oil, and soy sauce. 



Stir to combine the ingredients, then cover the bowl again and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight.



Remove from the fridge and serve the salad chilled. Sprinkle with sesame seeds to taste and enjoy.

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