This little gem was inspired by a curious salad we encountered at Musashi Japanese Restaurant in Sydney a couple of weeks ago.

Usually a huge fan of salads overflowing with delicious goodness, I wouldn’t have thought that a simple cucumber salad would really get my wow on, but something about this little number was magic.

Throughout the rest of the trip I kept hoping we’d make it back to Musashi but instead it found itself in my travel diary to serve as inspiration when I got home.

The large cucumber chunks, although dressed with chilli, are lovely and cooling on the tongue and would make a great accompaniment to spicy Asian curries.

Best of all?  It’s a snap to make!


Musashi’s version – the one that started it all.  So heavenly after a long day cruising the city:

Asian Cucumber Salad Musashi


The easy, DIY, make-at-home version:

Asian Cucumber Salad

Asian Cucumber Salad

Rebecca Weller - Vegan Sparkles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 -4


  • 1 large Lebanese/continental cucumber
  • 1 red chilli thinly sliced
  • 1 spring onion thinly sliced
  • 4 tbsp toasted sesame seeds


  • 2 tbsp tamari/soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp chopped red chilli
  • Pinch sea salt & cracked black pepper


  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar, shake well and set aside.
  • Chop cucumber into large chunks and place into bowls.
  • Top with chilli and spring onion.
  • Drizzle generously with dressing and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy! xx

Asian Cucumber Salad

8 Comments on Asian Cucumber Salad

  1. Caitlin
    October 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm (11 years ago)

    That sounds and looks lovely, like a great light starter or side! 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      October 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm (11 years ago)

      Absolutely, Caitlin. And so easy to make if you have guests. 🙂

  2. Katie (A Fork in Hand)
    October 30, 2013 at 4:19 am (11 years ago)

    I love Asian cucumber salads! This looks fantastic. I think I might try it with a little seaweed mixed in.

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 1, 2013 at 10:20 am (11 years ago)

      Ooooh, great idea, Katie! 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 1, 2013 at 10:25 am (11 years ago)

      Perfect for cucumber fans, Anna. 🙂

  3. Laura
    November 4, 2013 at 10:29 pm (11 years ago)

    I’m making this today – looks really good (and the photography is great)!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2013 at 9:16 am (11 years ago)

      Thanks Laura. I hope you love it as much as we do. Such a great, simple little salad. 🙂