Cucumber Sesame Salad

This Asian-inspired dish is refreshing, versatile and easy to make
Cucumber Sesame Salad

Whether made with your homegrown produce or fresh vegetables from the store, our cucumber sesame salad is a fresh addition to your summer meals. This recipe makes the most of small amounts of honey, red pepper flakes, fish sauce and sesame oil to deliver a healthy and flavorful punch. Try it as a side dish or even for a main course.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 
  • 1 pound cucumbers (6 small)
  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 dash fish sauce (optional)
  • 1 dash sesame oil (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds


  1. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Once hot, add garlic and chili flakes; cook 3 to 5 minutes, until garlic is golden and aromatic. Pour into a small bowl. Let cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, chop cucumbers and bell peppers into thin slices. Place in a bowl.
  3. Mix vinegar, mint, honey, fish sauce and sesame oil in with garlic and chili flakes. Pour over cucumber and bell peppers. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Toss to combine.
  4. Garnish with additional fresh mint and sesame seeds, if desired.
  5. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Makes 6 servings

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 60
Carbohydrates: 4g
Fat: 5g
Protein: 1g
Sodium: 26mg

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