Crunchy Chinese Cucumber Salad

"A lovely crunchy salad which takes a bit more time than a simple cucumber salad, but it's really worth it! Goes well as a starter or a side dish with a chinese meal. Cooking time includes leaving the cucumbers in salted water for 20 minutes and standing time (to develop the flavour of the salad) of 2 hours."
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Ready In:
2hrs 40mins




  • Preparation of cucumber:

  • Half washed but unpeeled cucumber lengthwise. Remove the seeds with a spoon and discard. Slice into ca 1/2 cm / 1/5 inch pieces. Put into a bowl.
  • Mix hot water and salt and pour it over the cucumber pieces. Leave cucumbers in water for ca 20 minutes.
  • Dressing:

  • Heat oil in a medium skillet.
  • Add chilli and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients of the dressing until the sesame oil. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add garlic and sesame. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Put aside.
  • Finish Salad:

  • Drain the cucumber pieces (after the 20 minutes in the water) and squeeze them slightly. Mix with the dressing (I do this in the skillet and put salad afterwards into a bowl) and leave the salad for 2 hours to develop its flavour.
  • Serve as a starter or as a side dish to a chinese meal.

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  1. Wow! You even can use the leftover dressing for a smaller salad later.
  2. This was very different than any cucumber salad I've had and I loved it! I used a jalapeno (sliced seeds and all) because I always have them on hand. I also used splenda in place of regular sugar. I really enjoyed crunchy and delicious. I thought there were going to be leftovers for me today but db ate them all. I did put the leftover dressing back in the fridge so I can just drizzle it over a salad today. I will make this again.
  3. I loved your combination of cucumbers,with all the spicy ingredients.I made this with Shapeweavers Asian Pork and noodle bowl.Went very well together.Thank -you for a nice way to eat cucumbers.Thanks!Rose of Sharon
  4. Yummy cucumbers! I didn't have any chili peppers, so I used crushed red pepper flakes. I also topped it off with crushed peanuts. It was a big hit. Thanks for posting!
  5. Terrific cucumber salad recipe! I love sweet, tart, spicy dishes so this was perfect for me. Thanks tigerduck!


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