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Asian Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad | Get Inspired Everyday!

Asian Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad


  • 2 cucumbers, 1 1/2 pounds
  • 2 cups slivered red onion, 1/2 medium, 5 ounces
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Teaspoon sambal oelek chili paste, or 1 Teaspoon red pepper flakes, see notes
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, or rice vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon sea salt, or to your taste


  1. Slice the ends off both cucumbers, and peel a few strips of the skin away with a vegetables peeler. Then cut the cucumbers in half lengthwise, and lay each half flat side down on the cutting board. Cut the halves, 1 or 2 at a time, into thin slices. On the bias looks nice: to do this, hold the knife at a 45º angle to the cucumber and slice into thin diagonal shaped pieces.
  2. Add the sliced cucumbers to a serving bowl along with the slivered onions, and cilantro.
  3. Mix the dressing together by whisking the chili paste, maple syrup, lime juice, and sea salt together until completely mixed.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  5. Serve immediately, or refrigerate and serve within one week.


If you’re not much for spicy food, start by adding a smaller amount and working up to your taste. I would classify this salad as warm to medium, but it can be made as mild of hot as you’d like.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins