This Asian cucumber salad is healthy, crunchy, and refreshing! Tossed in a simple dressing of rice vinegar, sugar, garlic, and chili oil. A Din Tai Fung cucumber salad copycat recipe.
This crunchy Asian cucumber salad is a refreshing side dish or appetizer to any Asian meal. It's made with lightly brined Persian cucumbers and dressed in a simple garlicky Asian vinaigrette.
This is a Din Tai Fung cucumber salad copycat recipe. For those of you who haven't heard of Din Tai Fung, it's a popular restaurant here in Seattle that makes amazing dumplings, rice cakes, and Asian sides. This is one of their most popular sides, which I crave frequently. I see it on every table whenever I go. The problem is, it also takes about 45 minutes to get a table! So I had to figure out how to make this cucumber salad at home.
After experimenting a few times with different dressings and cucumbers, I think I hit the nail on the head. This is a pretty darn good copycat of the Din Tai Fung cucumber salad, if I say so myself. 🙂
Tips for Asian Cucumber Salad:
Start with a little over 4 cups of coined Persian cucumbers, about 15 of them. Add 1 Tablespoon of sea salt and toss them together. The cucumbers will start to release their liquid as they start absorbing the salt. You'll end up with super crunchy cucumbers after the brine. I let mine sit for 45 minutes but you could go as little as 30 minutes.
While that's brining, prepare the simple dressing of rice vinegar, sugar, garlic, and chili oil.
This Asian cucumber salad is delicious served immediately but I find it tastes the best when served chilled. I like to let the cucumbers brine in the fridge so that they're cold and ready to be tossed in the dressing.
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Crunchy Asian Cucumber Salad
- 15 persian cucumbers cut ½" thick, a little over 4 cups
- 1 Tablespoon sea salt
- Mix together the cucumbers and salt in a large bowl and let it sit for 30 - 45 minutes. Rinse with water 2 - 3 times. Taste the cucumber and rinse one more time if it's too salty.
- Meanwhile mix together all the ingredients for the cucumber salad dressing.
- Toss the rinsed cucumbers with the dressing and serve immediately. See notes if you don't plan to serve this until later.
*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.