Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mom's Kitchen: Chinese Cucumber Salad

Last week was sweltering and our house does not have air conditioning (I'm told the temperature never used to exceed the 70s out here).  Whilst we tried to cool ourselves with innumerable fans, Mom made this salad and I fell in love with how refreshing it was.  Even better was that the prep only took 10 minutes and no cooking was required.

Prep Time: ~10 minutes 

Marinating Time: ~30 minutes

  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • Dash of Sesame Oil
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Chili Sauce (we use Sambal Oelek, amount is really up to you and your preferences)
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Green Onions (optional)
  • Combine garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, chili sauce, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix.

  • Lightly peel your cucumber (optional) and cut in half lengthwise

  • Smash your cucumbers by placing a knife over top and lightly tapping the flat part of the knife with your palm.  This allows the marinade to soak through more thoroughly.

  • Cut into bite-sized pieces and toss into bowl.
  • Add sesame seeds and green onions.  Stir and let sit in refrigerator for 30 minutes or more.


  1. Sounds refreshing and delicious. I have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing your Mom's recipe, S!

  2. yum! this looks so easy to make too!

  3. Oh!! I learned a new technique today...smashing the cucumbers to help them absorb more flavor. Thanks. :)

  4. this looks beyond delicious. i will try this recipe. thank you for sharing!! xo


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