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Mild Asian Cucumber Salad

We make a spicy, Korean cucumber salad (cucumber kimchi – but it’s fresh and not fermented) very often in our home and oftentimes when we host a dinner. However, it’s not always a hit with everyone because it is full of gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes) and not all taste buds can handle it. Especially little taste buds!

That’s why I made this mild version for my kids, but it would also be suitable for any dinner guest who prefers not to eat spicy foods. It’s very similar to the original recipe and full of flavor, but just omits some of the ingredients.

Here’s all you need:

  • 1 english cucumber or 2 pickling cucumbers
  • 1-2 carrots
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ – 1 tsp sugar or sugar substitute (depends on how sweet your substitute is)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ⅛ tsp fish sauce (optional)
  • ¼ tsp sesame oil

The directions for this follow similarly to the original recipe. Slice your cucumbers and place into a bowl. Add in the salt and sugar/substitute and mix thoroughly with your hands. Set aside.

Next, julienne your carrots. After your cucumber has been sitting for a few minutes, drain any excess liquid. Then add the carrots, vinegar and fish sauce and mix thoroughly. Right before serving, add in the sesame oil.

Simple, delicious, and if your kids like it as much as mine, another win in getting in those veggies.

Enjoy!

Mild Asian Cucumber Salad

Side Dish, Small Bites Asian
By Janice Yucel
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cooking Time: 0 Minutes Total Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 english cucumber or 2 pickling cucumbers
  • 1-2 carrots
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ - 1 tsp sugar or sugar substitute (depends on how sweet your substitute is)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ⅛ tsp fish sauce (optional)
  • ¼ tsp sesame oil

Instructions

1

Slice your cucumbers and place into a bowl.

2

Add in the salt and sugar/substitute and mix thoroughly with your hands. Set aside.

3

Next, julienne your carrots.

4

After your cucumber has been sitting for a few minutes, drain any excess liquid.

5

Then add the carrots, vinegar and fish sauce and mix thoroughly.

6

Right before serving, add in the sesame oil.

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