Cucumber Salad

This Cucumber Salad recipe is a welcome, healthier choice when you’re trying to eat on the lighter side of things.

Cucumber Salad

The recipe comes from a cookbook by Bee Yin Low, the writer behind the popular food blog: Rasa Malaysia. The cookbook is called, “Easy Chinese Recipes: Family Favorites from Dim Sum to Kung Pao.”  It’s a collection of Low’s all-time favorite dishes that are simple and easy to cook and eat at home.  Low says there is a general misconception that Chinese food is unhealthy, greasy, and mostly deep-fried.  In reality, Low says, there are many fresh and healthy Chinese recipes, such as this Cucumber Salad.

Cucumber

How do you make Cucumber Salad?

You’ll need a cucumber… about 8 to 10-inches long.  Chop off the ends.

Cucumbers prepared for Cucumber Salad

Cut it in fourths- lengthwise.

Preparing Cucumbers for Cucumber Salad

Slice off the seeds.

Chopping Cucumbers for Cucumber Salad

Cut each piece diagonally into 1/2-inch pieces.

adding salt to cucumbers to make Cucumber Salad

Sprinkle the cucumber with salt.

Preparing Cucumber Salad

Let the cucumber sit at room temperature for 30 minutes (to draw out the moisture in the cucumber). Then drain the liquid from the dish.  I actually like to rinse it at this point too since I don’t like an overwhelming salty flavor.

Preparing Cucumber Salad

At this point, transfer the cucumber to a plastic bowl with a lid.  Add sugar…

Preparing Cucumber Salad

…and rice vinegar.

Marinating Cucumber Salad

Put the lid on the bowl, shake it up to coat the cucumbers, and refrigerate it for an hour.  This will give it a chance to soak up those flavors.  The vinegar helps add crunch to the cucumber.

Cucumber Salad

Serve this up as an appetizer or a side dish, or as a salad too.

Cucumber Salad

It makes just two servings- and each serving is 35 calories and only 1 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoint (if you need to know that sort of thing).

It actually isn’t a Weight Watchers recipe at all… it just happens to be one of those wonderful, “fresh and healthy” recipes that Bee spoke of in her cookbook 🙂  And guess what?  We love it!  It’s crunchy and slightly sweet and totally refreshing.  Yay for healthy Chinese food!

Easy Chinese Recipes

Easy Chinese Recipes

Highlight recipes from the book:

  • Familiar favorites like Tasty Lettuce Wraps, Honey Walnut Shrimp, Pot Stickers, and Yangzhou Fried Rice AND Chinese Takeout Favorites like Simple Egg Drop Soup, Kung Pao Chicken and Beef with Broccoli.

I love that Bee includes information on techniques of stir frying, sharing the basic tools and utensils for Chinese cooking and explaining some of those unfamiliar Chinese ingredients.  And the best part:  there are photos of every single recipe in the book!

Here are a few more recipes using cucumbers you might enjoy:

Cucumber Salad

Super easy recipe for classic Asian Cucumber Salad.

Prep Time 20 minutes
salting and marinating 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 29 kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons granulated white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese rice vinegar

Instructions

  1. Rinse the cucumber thoroughly with cold running water.
  2. Cut off the ends of the cucumber and discard. Quarter the cucumber lengthwise. Slice off the seeds and discard. Slice the cucumber diagonally into pieces, each about 1/2-inch wide.
  3. Transfer the sliced cucumber to a bowl and sprinkle salt over. Stir and then let the salted cucumber sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Drain the liquid from the bowl, rinse the cucumber and drain again. Transfer the cucumber to a plastic bowl (with a matching lid).
  4. Add sugar and vinegar to the cucumber in the bowl. Place the lid on top and shake it to combine. Refrigerate the cucumber salad for at least one hour before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • WEIGHT WATCHER POINTS per serving:  Freestyle SmartPoints: 1, Points Plus Program: 1, Old Points Program: 1
Nutrition Facts
Cucumber Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 29
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1165mg 49%
Potassium 154mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Sugars 5g
Vitamin A 1.6%
Vitamin C 4.4%
Calcium 1.6%
Iron 1.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • KalynsKitchen wrote:

    I’m such a huge cucumbers fan; love easy recipes like this! Thanks for the shout-out for my Easy Low-Carb Cucumbers Caesar!

  • Charmaine Fernandes wrote:

    This was the exact recipe I was looking out for after having had this at a local Chinese Restaurant. The recipe is almost close to what we had. I did not get a chance to refrigerate it for an hour but it was yummy even at room temperature. Thank you for this!!! Loved it and I will be making this often. Quick and easy starter/ salad.

  • Lala wrote:

    Drop in a few bits of crushed red pepper to add a little zip.
    This is a standard side dish at most “plate lunch” and local style restaurants here in Hawaii, with variations depending on the maker. Even styles of slicing the cukes, some very thinly (using a mandoline) slice the cuke the long way, into thin ribbons, after seeding. Others just slice rounds or as shown here. Some add just a drop of sesame oil which I enjoy now and then.

    This really is a simple but nummy side.

  • Divine wrote:

    I just had this with my dinner and had to come back to post this comment. This is delicious. Definitely will be making this again. Thanks for sharing.

  • John wrote:

    Hot and Sour Soup Rocks!

  • Austin wrote:

    Kung Pao Chicken baby!