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
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  • 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
  • ½ tsp chopped red chilli
  • Pinch sea salt & cracked black pepper
  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar, shake well and set aside.
  2. Chop cucumber into large chunks and place into bowls.
  3. Top with chilli and spring onion.
  4. Drizzle generously with dressing and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy! xx

Asian Cucumber Salad

8 Comments on Asian Cucumber Salad

  1. Caitlin
    October 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm (8 years ago)

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

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      October 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm (8 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 (8 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 (8 years ago)

      Ooooh, great idea, Katie! 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 1, 2013 at 10:25 am (8 years ago)

      Perfect for cucumber fans, Anna. 🙂

  3. Laura
    November 4, 2013 at 10:29 pm (8 years ago)

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

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2013 at 9:16 am (8 years ago)

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