This Asian Cucumber Salad recipe is a sponsored collaboration with Mizkan and the Forward Influence Network. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Looking for an easy recipe that makes a great side dish or even a light meal? Check out this Asian Cucumber Salad! Made with Mizkan Natural Rice Vinegar, this authentic blend of fresh cucumbers, garlic, sesame oil and other spices will have your taste buds celebrating!
I’m always looking for a fun and easy recipe to eat for lunch. I like something that is pretty light and fresh and will provide me with the energy I need to get through my hectic day. I just can’t eat a super heavy lunch, it just makes me want to take a nap when I’m done.
Lately, I’ve been into making some really cool salads. A “salad” can be so much more than some lettuce with dressing on it. There are tons of really cool, healthy flavor combinations out there. To get inspiration, it’s fun to look at some other cultures and cuisines. This is where I found the idea for an Asian Cucumber Salad!
Ingredients For Asian Cucumber Salad
In researching my ingredients for this recipe, I found that there were several different ways that you could make it. Some had jalapenos in them, some had red pepper flakes. Some used ginger and some didn’t . But, whatever flavor combination that I used, I wanted to try to use the most authentic ingredients possible.
Mizkan™ Vinegar and Sauces
For an authentic Japanese home cooking experience, I like to use the Mizkan vinegars and sauces to bring genuine Japanese-inspired dishes to my table. So, when I headed to the store to do my shopping for this recipe, I headed straight to the vinegar and sauce aisle and looked for the Mizkan! They are the makers of the #1 Rice Vinegar in Japan* and their product has only recently become available nationwide in the U.S.
*INTAGE SRI. Rice Vinegar Accumulated Sale Revenue 2014 – 2018.
The Mizkan Natural Rice Vinegar is super versatile and can be used to make sushi, salad dressings or marinades. You can use it in both hot and cold dishes! And, you can add tons of authentic flavor without the guilt because it has no fat or calories. Like… none, at all!
Another product on my radar is Mizkan Miran. This is a staple of Japanese cuisine that combines sweet, sour and bitter flavors. It is the perfect accent to just about any dish! You can use it to braise meat and vegetables, make miso ramen soup, stir fry, tuna poke or even your own homemade teriyaki sauce!
To find the closest retailer that sells Mizkan™ vinegars and sauces, just jump on their website and let them know where you are!
And now you can use your love of authentic Asian cuisine to win $100! Entering the contest is super easy! Starting 12:00 a.m. EST on Monday, January 20, 2020, you can post a photo to your Instagram account that includes a caption explaining why you love Asian food. Just make sure you:
- tag three (3) friends who give you permission to use their names.
- use the hashtags #MizkanRiceVinegar #MizkanMirinSauce and #MizkanFlavors.
- follow @MizkanFlavors on your Instagram account.
The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, January 30, 2020, so make sure you post your photo before then to win a $100 check from Forward Influence. Head here to find out more about the rules for this contest! Good luck!
Asian Cucumber Salad Recipe
There are really only a handful of ingredients. I think this is one of those recipes that you can make just about as complicated or easy as you want. Like I mentioned above, I wanted to keep it pretty quick and easy but just make sure I use really good, authentic ingredients.
I saw that some people like to let their cucumbers sit in the salad dressing for 30 minutes or so before serving and some like to eat it right away. For this recipe, I ate mine right away and it was fantastic! Obviously, the more you let it sit, the softer the cucumbers will get. But I like mine nice and crunchy!
Also, be careful with the red pepper flakes. As you add them to taste, they can really stand out in this recipe, so err on the side of caution. You can always add more!
Finally, this is a smaller recipe that I can make for a quick lunch or side dish. These portions of ingredients will serve two people. You can obviously double or triple these ingredients if you need to for a larger crowd.
I hope you enjoy this recipe for an Asian Cucumber Salad. Let me know what you think in the comments. And keep an eye out on my Instagram page because I’ll be announcing details about the upcoming contest. Enjoy!
Looking for an easy recipe that makes a great side dish or even light meal? Check out this Asian Cucumber Salad! Made with Mizkan Natural Rice Vinegar, this authentic blend of fresh cucumbers, garlic, sesame oil and other spices will have your taste buds celebrating
- 2 cups Cucumbers
- 3 tbsp Mizkan Natural Rice Vinegar
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
- 2 scallions, diced
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- Red Pepper Flakes To Taste
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 3/4 tsp Sugar
- 3 tbsp Sliced Almonds
Slice cucumbers into thin slices put into a bowl.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, blend the Rice Vinegar, Sesame Oil, salt and sugar together.
Pour mixture over cucumbers to coat.
Add cilantro and red pepper.
Plate and sprinkle with sliced almonds.