Garlic Soy Cucumber Salad

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This Garlic Soy Cucumber Salad recipe combines fresh cucumbers with matchstick carrots and thinly sliced red onion and is covered in a dressing of soy sauce, garlic, rice wine vinegar, and black pepper. It's all garnished with chopped peanuts. It’s all the flavor of the classic dish in a low carb, easy-to-prepare side.

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Contrary to popular belief, my diet is not made up solely of fried chicken and banana pudding (but wouldn’t that be great!?!?).  Nope.  Actually, I love about anything when it comes to food.  As my Dad would say, I’ll east just about anything that doesn’t eat me first.  But I especially enjoy Asian food.  Vietnamese is actually one of my favorites.  And that’s where the inspiration for today’s recipe comes from.

This Garlic Soy Cucumber Salad recipe combines fresh cucumbers with matchstick carrots and thinly sliced red onion and is covered in a dressing of soy sauce, garlic, rice wine vinegar, and black pepper. It's all garnished with chopped peanuts. It’s all the flavor of the classic dish in a low carb, easy-to-prepare side.The owners of my favorite Vietnamese place retired and closed their restaurant recently, and I’m already missing my pho and vermicelli bowls.  This cucumber salad is inspired by those delicious vermicelli bowls that I devoured so often.

Fresh cucumbers combine with matchstick carrots and thinly sliced red onion and are covered in a dressing of soy sauce, garlic, rice wine vinegar, and black pepper.  The whole thing is garnished with chopped peanuts.  It’s all the great flavors of the classic dish in a low carb, easy to prepare side dish.  I’ve actually had this for lunch for two days now!

This Garlic Soy Cucumber Salad recipe combines fresh cucumbers with matchstick carrots and thinly sliced red onion and is covered in a dressing of soy sauce, garlic, rice wine vinegar, and black pepper. It's all garnished with chopped peanuts. It’s all the flavor of the classic dish in a low carb, easy-to-prepare side.

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It’s also worth mentioning that while many cucumber salads benefit from a little time in the fridge to let all the flavors get happy, this recipe isn’t one of them.  This one is best served within an hour of preparing.  Not only will the peanuts get soft, but the water pulled out of the cucumbers will dilute the dressing and it’s just not as flavorful.

Garlic Soy Cucumber Salad
Prep Time
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Course: Salad
Author: Stacey Little | Southern Bite
Ingredients
  • 2 large cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups matchstick carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the cucumbers, onion, and carrots.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, water, and black pepper.  

  3. Pour the dressing over the cucumber mixture and toss to coat.  Garnish with peanuts when serving.  

Recipe Notes

This recipe is best made fresh and served very soon thereafter.  Unlike many other cucumber salads, this one doesn't benefit from some time in the fridge.  

 

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This Garlic Soy Cucumber Salad recipe combines fresh cucumbers with matchstick carrots and thinly sliced red onion and is covered in a dressing of soy sauce, garlic, rice wine vinegar, and black pepper. It's all garnished with chopped peanuts. It’s all the flavor of the classic dish in a low carb, easy-to-prepare side.

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Comments

  1. What if we added some of those oriental noodles just before serving? I always love any extra crunch in my salads.

  2. This is so pretty! We love salads such as this. I plan on making this in a few days. Thank you!

  3. Irene Chavez says:

    i don’t eat very much asian food, but this looks delicious! what would i serve this with?

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