A Summer Asian Cucumber Salad
At Nannies of Greece, we are dedicated to providing you with the best and healthiest recipes that will tantalise the taste buds of your children. This week it is our Asian cucumber salad, where we share a step-by-step recipe for making this quick and simple Asian cucumber salad that your kids will love!
To prepare this refreshing Asian cucumber salad, you will need the following ingredients:
- 2 large English cucumbers
- 1 small red onion
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
Step 1: Prepare the Cucumbers
Start by washing the cucumbers thoroughly under cold water. Cut off both ends of the cucumbers and discard. If desired, you can peel the cucumbers using a vegetable peeler, but it is not necessary as the skin adds a nice crunch to the salad. Slice the cucumbers into thin rounds and set aside.
Step 2: Slice the Red Onion
Peel the red onion and cut it in half. Thinly slice one-half of the red onion and set it aside. You can store the remaining half in the refrigerator for future use.
Step 3: Prepare the Dressing
In a small bowl, combine the rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, grated ginger, and minced garlic. Whisk the ingredients together until well combined. This dressing will add a tangy and flavourful kick to your Asian cucumber salad.
Step 4: Toss the Cucumbers and Red Onion
In a large mixing bowl, add the sliced cucumbers and red onion. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and gently toss to ensure all the slices are evenly coated. Let the salad marinate for about 10-15 minutes to allow the flavours to meld together.
Step 5: Garnish and Serve
Before serving, sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds over the salad for an added nutty taste and appealing visual appeal. You can also garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for a pop of colour. Serve the Asian cucumber salad chilled and enjoy the refreshing combination of flavours.
Health Benefits of Asian Cucumber Salad
Asian cucumber salad not only tastes incredible but also offers several health benefits. Here are a few reasons why you should incorporate this salad into your regular meal rotation:
- Hydration: Cucumbers have a high water content, making them an excellent choice for staying hydrated, especially during hot summer months.
- Nutrient-Rich: Cucumbers are a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals like potassium and magnesium. These nutrients play a vital role in maintaining overall health.
- Digestive Aid: The fiber content in cucumbers helps promote healthy digestion and can alleviate constipation.
- Antioxidant Powerhouse: Cucumbers contain antioxidants that help protect the body against free radicals, reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
This recipe is not only delicious but also healthy, providing you with a refreshing dish that’s perfect for any occasion. Enjoy the crispness of the cucumbers, the tanginess of the dressing, and the overall burst of flavors.