I know it’s Winter and everyone is into stews and soups. Don’t get me wrong, I am too, but do you know what I was craving? A fresh and tasty Asian-style cucumber salad.
I get so much inspiration from discovering new restaurants around the city. Recently, I went to a Korean food restaurant where I had this amazing avocado cucumber salad with a sweet and slightly spicy sauce, garnished with crispy onions.
It sounds simple, but the combination of ingredients worked so well together. This is my attempt to replicate this spicy Asian cucumber salad with my own twist.
This avocado cucumber salad with a chili soy sauce is fresh, tasty, and so aromatic. Besides being flavorful and full of texture, it’s also packed with nutrients and so simple to make. The cucumbers, radishes, peanuts, and avocado create a beautiful mix of flavor. And the chili soy sauce brings everything together for a delicious salad you’d make time and time again!
Yield: 4 servings
Prep time: 20 min
Cooking time: 0 min
Total time: 20 min
A bunch of radishes (around 15)
½ cup crushed peanuts
1 oz mint leaves
1 lime (lime juice)
Chili Soy Sauce:
3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp chili flakes
1 tbsp honey (or any other liquid sweetener)
1. Thinly chop the cucumber diagonally and then into long thin strips.
2. Thinly chop the radishes diagonally and then into long thin strips.
3. Cut the avocado in half and chop into thin strips.
4. Roughly chop the mint leaves.
5. Roughly chop the peanuts.
6. For the sauce: In a bowl, add the soy sauce, sesame oil, and chili flakes. Whisk until well combined.
7. Add the chopped vegetables to a bowl and pour the sauce. Toss until combined.
8. Serve and garnish with crushed peanuts, sesame seeds, and a squeeze of lime juice.
- Store in airtight containers for up to a week.
- Since we’re using soy sauce, I skipped adding salt to the salad, but if it needs extra seasoning, you can add some salt at the end.
- I love using basil in this recipe too. You can substitute the mint leaves with basil leaves for a slightly different flavor.
- Add 2 tbsp of honey or any other liquid sweetener for a slightly sweeter version.
$9.50. This takes into account the measurements listed in the ingredients section and for the main ingredients only. It does not include seasoning.
*Avocados are loaded with healthy fats, fiber, and important nutrients. They’re very high in potassium (even more than bananas), which supports healthy blood pressure levels.
Avocados and avocado oil are high in monounsaturated oleic acid, a heart-healthy fatty acid that is believed to be one of the main reasons for the health benefits of olive oil. Numerous studies have shown that eating avocado can improve heart disease risk factors like total, “bad” LDL and “good” HDL cholesterol, as well as blood triglycerides.
*Cucumbers are low in calories but high in water, vitamins, and minerals. Eating cucumbers with the peel provides the maximum amount of nutrients. They are also composed of about 96% water, which may increase hydration and help you meet your daily fluid needs. Cucumbers contain a good amount of fiber and water, both of which may help prevent constipation and increase regularity.
* Radishes are a good source of vitamin C. 1/2 cup offers about 14 percent of your recommended daily intake. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps battle free radicals in your body and prevents cell damage caused by aging, unhealthy lifestyle, and environmental toxins. Also, vitamin C plays a key role in collagen production, which supports healthy skin and blood vessels.
*Mint contains fair amounts of several nutrients and is an especially good source of vitamin A and antioxidants. Mint may also be effective at relieving other digestive problems such as upset stomach and indigestion. Several studies have shown that taking peppermint oil capsules improved the symptoms of IBS, a common digestive disorder.
Did you try this delicious Asian cucumber salad with sesame oil recipe? Let me know in the comments below and/or tag your creation on Instagram #thehoneyboost.