Japanese Cucumber and Ginger Salad

September 27, 2012 | 2 Comments

Japanese Ginger and Cucumber Salad

Our CSA, Oakhill Organics has been offering the most amazing cucumbers lately. They are crisp and crunchy and the skin is not at all bitter. My girls eat them most veggie pick up days, right after I pick them out.  I was able to rescue two of them last week, so you could see how fresh and firm and delicious they are. The ginger slice in the picture above, is from an organic knob of ginger, I picked up from Denison’s Farm Stand at the McMinnville Saturday Public Market.

English Cucumbers

I made this salad for the Japanese themed pot luck I went to last weekend. It was a big hit. We not only snacked on it right out of the bowl with our fingers, and ate it as a side dish, but included it along with sticky rice our host made, and other crunchy veggies friends brought in our sushi rolls. I have never made this salad before, but was inspired by about twenty vegetable pickling, and vinegar recipes that I have been looking at online for months.


When you choose the cucumbers for this recipe, make sure the skin is not bitter, and the seeds are tender, or not existent. I hope you make and enjoy this refreshing side dish with your family and friends.

Japanese Cucumber and Ginger Salad
Recipe type: Side Dish,Salad
Author: Jillian
Serves: 6-12
  • 2 large english cucumbers, thinly sliced(peel cucumbers if you do not know the source, or the peel is bitter)
  • 2 Tbsp sea salt(for letting the cucumbers sit for 10 min)
  • 1 nob of fresh organic ginger, thinly sliced(peel ginger if you do not know the source)
  • 4 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  1. Wash cucumbers and ginger
  2. Thinlly slice cucumbers and ginger(I use a mandoline)
  3. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp salt over cucumbers, toss to combine, and let sit for 10 minutes
  4. Heat vinegar for 30 seconds in microwave
  5. Add sugar
  6. Stir to dissolve sugar
  7. Add sliced ginger to vinegar sugar solution
  8. Rinse cucumbers well, and drain really well
  9. Add cooled vinegar,ginger,sugar solution to cucumbers
  10. Toss to combine
  11. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours
  12. Enjoy chilled or room temperature

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