Asian-Inspired Cucumber Salad

by Kelli on July 8, 2013

Asian-Inspired Cucumber Salad

Long holiday weekends are the greatest.  And, even better than long holiday weekends, are long holiday weekends spent with good friends, good food, laughter, cocktails and a little bit of running, for good measure.

Coming back to work (and real life) after long holiday weekends; not as great.  I’m trying not to think about the real life part just yet.

Asian-Inspired Cucumber Salad

I took full advantage of my 4-day weekend and headed west to visit friends in Seattle.  This weekend I laughed harder than I have in quite a while.  I got my first introduction to Pimm’s cup (where have these been all my life?!?!?).  I finally had Top Pot Doughnuts (so hard not to try every doughnut in the case!).  I discovered lemon cucumbers.  I fell more in love with the Pacific Northwest.  I watched in amazement as a bald eagle soar overhead.  I had one of the best all-around dining experiences at How to Cook a Wolf – every single thing about this meal, from the cocktails, wine and food to the atmosphere, service and superb music selection was a win.  I made an obligatory trip to Pike Place Market and marveled at the fresh seafood, bright produce and stunning flowers.  And, I was reminded how lucky I am to have such great, lasting friendships.

Asian-Inspired Cucumber Salad

Now that my travels are over and I’m settled back in New York, I’m in need of a little detox and some extra veggies in my meals.

This refreshing cucumber salad uses only a few simple ingredients, but packs a ton of flavor (and a fun, little kick thanks to a pinch of chili flakes) and makes a perfect addition to any picnic spread.

This is one of those dishes that just gets better with time.  Try to carve out a few minutes to prepare your salad the day before you plan to serve.  It will give all the flavors extra time to blend together, leaving you with a cool summer side with a hint of heat.

Head over to  Greatist to get my recipe for Asian-Inspired Cucumber Salad!

Asian-Inspired Cucumber Salad

Enjoy!

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance July 8, 2013 at 6:37 PM

I just ordered cucumber salad from my favorite thai restaurant last night! This looks incredible and so full of flavor :)

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Kelli July 9, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Thanks so much, Christina! I was always ordering a similar salad when I got Thai food as well…now I just go to the kitchen :)

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Tieghan July 8, 2013 at 11:11 PM

This look amazing. Such great flavors!

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Kelli July 9, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Thanks, Tieghan!

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Julia July 9, 2013 at 8:39 AM

It was particularly difficult for me to adjust back to real life after the long weekend, too! These fun life experiences help us stay balanced when we’re hard at work and give us something to look forward to. Your Asian cucumber salad looks awesome! There’s a sushi place in my hometown that serves a similar salad as an appetizer and it’s so refreshing! Now I can enjoy the salad in my own home! ;)

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Kelli July 9, 2013 at 9:44 AM

You’re so right….that’s such a good way to look at it!

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Abby July 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

What a fun weekend!! Yum, this salad looks so good as I sit here sweating haha, so refreshing!

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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking July 10, 2013 at 10:59 AM

I love a fresh, easy salad like this for lunch or as a dinner side. Such a lovely recipe, Kelli! Glad you had a nice, long weekend too.

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Alessandra of Ale Simple Recipes August 3, 2013 at 2:52 PM

hi Kelli, just last week I prepared a similar salad at home, using what I had in my fridge, tomatoes mozzarella and cucumbers. I read that you use pinch of chili flakes, which is maybe the secret ingredients for this asian recipe, but if I don’t like chili stuff what can I add to get the same taste and do not change the recipe too much? There also onions , right, which I like? I agree with you that this is just the right side dish for whom needs a little detox and some extra veggies in his meals. Thanks for sharing it.

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Kelli August 3, 2013 at 5:33 PM

I like the chili flakes because they add a hint of heat. You can certainly omit them and the salad will be just as tasty :) Enjoy!

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