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This healthy and refreshing Japanese Cucumber Salad takes 5 minutes to throw together and is packed with delicious Japanese inspired ingredients. Diced cucumbers are tossed in a mixture of tamari, toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, sea salt, and furikake (just 6 ingredients!) and can be served as a side dish or with chewy soba noodles.
6 Simple Ingredients:
If you’re craving light and refreshing simple dishes, you will LOVE this cucumber salad. Here we paired it with chewy soba noodles which you toss, let marinate in the fridge, and enjoy cold. It’s an incredible healthy meal prep option to enjoy throughout the week! Alternatively, you can enjoy the cucumber salad as is and enjoy as a side dish or a refreshing snack.
Here are all of the ingredients used in this refreshing Japanese cucumber salad recipe:
- Persian Cucumbers
- Toasted Sesame Oil
- Rice Vinegar
- Sea Salt
This cucumber salad is insanely easy to make. You only need a handful of ingredients (some of which you probably already have) and 5 minutes to throw it all together.
- Use Persian cucumbers – I know that’s not traditional with Japanese cucumber salads! But I find Persian cucumbers are so much easier to prepare and eat. Plus, they’re crunchier! I remove the ends first then cut the cucumber in half. Take one of the halves and slice is down the middle. Slice each halve down the middle again, then start dicing. Repeat until you’ve diced 6 cucumbers.
- Gently toss in a large mixing bowl to ensure every cucumber is evenly tossed.
- Let marinate for about 20-30 minutes before you dig in.
- If you plan on tossing it with soba noodles, it’ll keep well in the fridge for about 4-5 days. If you keep the cucumber salad alone, it’ll last in the fridge about 2 days before it gets soggy.
Confused? Here are some frequently asked questions:
1. What is Japanese cucumber salad?
Japanese cucumber salad consists of diced cucumbers marinated in a sweet vinaigrette served as a side dish. The Japanese name for it is Sunomono.
2. How long does a cucumber salad last before it gets soggy?
Cucumber salad will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 days. If you toss it with something like soba noodles, it’ll last 4-5 days. You can take an extra step of patting your diced cucumber dry to draw out as much moisture as possible, but it’s not at all necessary.
3. How can I add protein to this meal?
If you’d like to make your cucumber salad a high protein meal, we recommend adding crispy tofu. Simply chop a block of HIGH PROTEIN TOFU into cubes, or tear them into bite sized pieces for a “chicken” type shape. Toss in 2 tbsp of tamari and 3 tbsp corn starch then bake at 425 degrees F for 30 minutes tossing once halfway thru.
Refreshing Japanese Cucumber Salad with Soba Noodles
- 8-10 oz Dried Soba Noodles
- 6 Persian Cucumbers
- 1/4 cup Tamari
- 1/4 cup Toasted Sesame Oil
- 3 tbsp Rice Vinegar
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- 1/4 cup Furikake
- Bring a pot of water to a boil then add in your soba noodles. Cook in the boiling water for 8-10 minutes or until tender. Strain out the water then set aside to cool.
- Meanwhile, start dicing the cucumbers. Add to a large mixing bowl then toss with the remaining ingredients.
- Once the soba noodles are cooled, toss them with the cucumbers. Once fully tossed, let marinate in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
- Enjoy or keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.