Nicole’s Chinese-style Cucumber Salad

30 minutes
Makes 2-4 servings

Wellspent partner & creative director Nicole Sakai serves this salad all summer long.

It’s quick and easy, yet full of complex flavors, and is just the thing to serve alongside a chilled glass of her refreshing Sorta Summer wine.

What You'll Need


For the shopping list

  • 1 pound of cucumbers - You can use Japanese, English, or Persian (we prefer the small Persian)
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar (rice or Chinese black)
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • handful of cilantro, chopped (optional)

From our shop

small handful of  Kosher Sea Salt
$9.00– Gossen Island - Norway
1 tablespoon of  Garlic Chili Crisp
$16.00– Seattle - Washington
1 teaspoon of  Oregon Blackberry Honey
$10.00– Philomath - Oregon
Out of stock

1/4 cup, chopped of  Water Blanched Peanuts
$9.00– Rocky Mount - North Carolina


From the kitchen

  • 1 chef's knife
  • 1 cutting board
  • 2 medium mixing bowls
  • 1 small mixing bowl
  • paper towels
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons

What you'll have to do

Step 1 – Cut your cucumbers into your desired bite-size shape. You can do spiral (see below), simple slices, or smashed chunks.

Step 2 – Put the cucumber pieces in a bowl and sprinkle with salt and mix fully. Let sit for about 5-10 minutes, not longer or they will get too salty.

Step 3 – In that time, you can make the sauce: mix 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 tablespoon chili crunch, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon honey, and peanuts.

Step 4 – Rinse the cucumbers and pat dry on some paper towels so there isn't residual water to dilute the sauce.

Step 5 – Toss in a bowl with sauce, then garnish with chopped green onion and/or cilantro and chopped peanuts. just before serving.

How to Spiral Cut a Cucumber

Step 1 – Cut ¼” slices at a 45º angle half way through one side of a cucumber. To make cutting only halfway through easier, use chopsticks on either side that will stop the knife.

Step 2 – Flip the cucumber over and cut straight ¼” slices half way through that entire side.

Viola! You have a cucumber spiral.

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