Cooling Off Deliciously: 10-Minute Cucumber Salad with a Taste of Asia


Working from home? The summer heat is cranking up? Looking for a quick and easy recipe that aligns with your desire to eat healthily without having to torture yourself in front of a hot stove?

Well then, look no further! As there’s nothing quite like the refreshing crunch of a cucumber to help you cool off. Cucumbers are not only hydrating but also boast numerous health benefits, making them the perfect summer snack.

Cucumbers have a high water content, making them an excellent choice for staying hydrated during scorching temperatures. In fact, they are composed of about 95% water, providing a natural and delicious way to combat dehydration. This makes them an ideal addition to your diet, contributing to overall hydration and supporting healthy skin.

When I’m working from home, this recipe is one of my favorites to prepare quickly during my lunch break.

This recipe requires just six simple ingredients. It’s a breeze to prepare. Requires minimal effort, and delivers a burst of refreshing flavors with an Asian twist.

So, why not join me and make eating well during busy, hot workdays a little easier and a lot more delicious!

10-Minute Asian Cucumber Salad

Total Time 10 minutes
Course Salad
Servings 1


  • Peeler
  • Chopping knife and board
  • Sealable jar
  • Plate


  • 1 Cucumber
  • ½ Red onion
  • 3 tbsp Toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp Mirin alternatively honey / agave syrup
  • 2 tbsp Rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Light miso paste
  • Sesame seeds / chili flakes / furikake optional toppings


  • Vegetables:
    Wash the cucumber and shave it into strips using a peeler.
    Halve the red onion, set aside one half, peel the other half, slice it into fine rings, and soak it in lukewarm water. This will mellow their flavor… #destinkify
  • Dressing:
    Combine remaining ingredients, except for the optional toppings, for the dressing in a sealable jar, and mix vigorously until an even emulsion is formed.
    Season to taste.
  • Plating:
    Arrange the cucumber strips with the drained and patted dry onions on a plate, generously coat with the dressing.
    And you're done!
    For those who feel like it: Top with your favorite topping! I went for sesame seeds and some spicy furikake, but I'll leave that completely up to you!

This salad is so easy to prep that it also makes a great to-go option in a Weck jar or your kids lunchbox!


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