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Spicy Japanese Cucumber Salad

This spicy Japanese cucumber salad seasoned with Asian flavors, also known as Kyuri no Sunomono serves as a vegan side-dish or as a healthy lunchbox snack. Can be made in just 10 minutes!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Japanese, oriental
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 148.02kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tbsp crushed peanuts
  • 1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 green chilly
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • organic seaweed salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Peel and chop cucumber. Add the chopped cucumber to a salad bowl.
  • Add crushed peanuts
  • Add red pepper flakes and minced green chillies
  • Add cumin seeds
  • Add chopped cilantro
  • Add mustard powder
  • Add shredded coconut
  • Add lemon juice
  • Add sugar
  • Add organic seaweed salt
  • Add olive oil
  • Using salad spoons, toss it all together
  • Garnish with toasted black sesame seeds
  • Serve immediately

Notes

Tips to make the best cucumber salad
  • Preferably use Japanese Cucumbers for this recipe. They have a beautiful forest green skin with long and slender bodies. They do not contain any developed seeds and are never bitter, which is why they are a preferred choice in Japan.
  • However, you can use any cucumber variety available to you for this recipe.
  • Garnish with hemp seeds to increase the nutrition value.
  • Be careful while tossing the salad, do not mash the cucumber.
  • Add rice vinegar and coconut aminos (better than soy sauce) for an extra zing.
  • If the cucumber is bitter, thinly slice off both the ends and rub it against the cucumber. Rubbing that sliced end against the cucumber will release a white, foamy substance, which contains an organic compound called cucurbitacin. This is the cause of the bitterness. Keep rubbing till it stops producing foam.
  • You can also use white sesame seeds.
  • Use shredded, desiccated or freshly grated coconut.

Nutrition

Calories: 148.02kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.79g | Protein: 3.32g | Fat: 11.6g | Saturated Fat: 3.56g | Sodium: 40.02mg | Potassium: 213.73mg | Fiber: 2.26g | Sugar: 5.99g | Vitamin A: 478.2IU | Vitamin C: 8.36mg | Calcium: 44.61mg | Iron: 1.36mg