I’ll take my Asian Cucumber Salad Ding Tai Fung style anytime of the year Thanks! Crunchy refreshing Chinese cucumber salad recipe with a garlicky and tangy honey chili vinaigrette literally goes well with everything! This Chinese style cucumber salad is super simple and addictive, and is just the dish to keep you cool all summer long!

Diced cucumbers tossed in chili honey sauce in a white bowl
Super crunchy, refreshing, and sweet garlicky delicious!

Cucumber is probably one of my favorite vegetables in summer months. It’s a super versatile vegetable that pairs literally with any salad dressings. I’ve used it in many of my recipes – from Chinese smashed cucumber salad and Japanese potato salad to Chinese stir-fry like Moo shu chicken.

Today’s Asian-style cucumber salad is inspired by Ding Tai Fung. What makes this dish so good is a terrific honey garlic vinaigrette which you can make it spicy or not spicy to the juicy, crisp cucumber.

What you need for Asian-style easy cucumber salad recipe

  • Persian or mini cucumbers
  • Coarse sea salt

Honey Chili Garlic Vinaigrette – Asian Cucumber Salad Dressing:

  • Garlic
  • Rice vinegar
  • Honey or keto honey (product link in recipe card)
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Sichuan chili oil (optional. product link in recipe card)

What type of cucumbers to use

I recommend using Persian cucumbers, Japanese cucumbers, or Mini cucumbers for this dish. Persian cucumbers are small and have thin skin and are nearly seedless. They are super crunchy, snappy, a little sweet, and less watery. Because the skin is thin you don’t need to peel it.

If you can’t find mini cucumbers, the next best substitute is English cucumbers. English cucumber also has thin skin so you don’t need to peel it but it tastes less sweet and a bit more watery so make sure you block the water well with a paper towel, following the instructions below.

How to make Chinese Cucumber Salad

  1. Dice the cucumbers to ½-inch thick cylinder shape pieces. Toss with salt and let rest for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Combine the salad dressing in a bowl.
  3. Rinse the cucumbers to remove the salt.
  4. Pat dry the cucumbers with a clean towel.
  5. Pour the dressing over the cucumber. Toss well and serve!

How long does the salad keep in the fridge

If the cucumbers are mixed with the dressing, I recommend finishing it the next day.

How to make ahead –

If the cucumbers haven’t mixed with the dressing and are patted dry after salting, you can store them in a container, lined with clean paper towels in the fridge for 2 days. Just toss them with the dressing before serving. This is the best way to make ahead Chinese cucumber salad!

A side shot photo shows the cucumbers with dressing

What to serve with Asian Cucumber Salad Recipe

To keep it cool and easy, here are some great ideas – Shirataki cold noodles with paleo “peanut” sauce, Thai “peanut sauce” with cucumber noodles, Low carb kimchi pancake, Easy bang bang shrimp, or Honey sriracha chicken. Browse more of my paleo appetizer recipes.

More Asian Salad Recipes

Diced cucumbers tossed in chili honey sauce in a white bowl
5 from 8 votes

Asian Cucumber Salad with Honey Chili Garlic Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 15 mins
Resting time:: 30 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: ChihYu
Asian Cucumber Salad Ding Tai Fung style with honey garlic chili vinaigrette is the best Chinese cucumber salad for hot summer!
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Ingredients 

  • 12 oz. Persian cucumbers, about 6- 7 mini cucumbers
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt

For the honey chili garlic vinaigrette:

Instructions 

  • Dice the cucumbers to ½-inch thick cylinder shape pieces. In a large mixing bowl, toss with salt and let rest for 30-45 minutes.
  • In the meantime, combine the salad dressing in a bowl. It should taste garlicky, tangy, and a little sweet. Store it in the fridge.
  • Rinse the cucumbers 2-3 times to remove the salt. The cucumbers should taste a little salty but not too salty.
  • Pat dry the cucumbers with a clean towel.
  • Place them in a large serving plate and stack the extras on top to make a little tower.
  • Pour the dressing over the cucumber. Toss well and serve immediately!

Video

Notes

  • How long does the salad keep in the fridge
    If the cucumbers are mixed with the dressing, I recommend finishing it the next day.
  • How to make ahead –
    If the cucumbers 1) haven’t mixed with the dressing and 2) are patted dry after salting, you can store them in a container, lined with clean paper towels in the fridge for 2 days. Just toss them with the dressing before serving. This is the best way to make ahead Chinese cucumber salad!
  • Tip:
    The cucumbers will continue to leak water after you pat them dry so only combine them with the dressing before serving.
  • The total prep time does not include rest time to salt the cucumbers.
  • The nutritional label is estimated with keto honey.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 59kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 594mg, Potassium: 134mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 90IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese, Taiwanese
Keyword: Asian cucumber salad, Asian cucumber salad dressing, Asian cucumber salad recipe, Chinese cucumber salad, Cucumber salad asian, Easy cucumber salad, recipe for cucumber salad
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A serving bowl shows the Chinese cucumbers salad tossed in chili honey sauce
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