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Asian Style Cooling Cucumber Salad with Edamame

Across the diverse culinary landscapes of Asia, the humble cucumber emerges as a hero on the side of fiery dishes. And it's not just about the crunch; it's the cucumber’s delightful cooling effect that really seals the deal.

Imagine this: a salad that's not only tantalizingly tasty but also a breeze to whip up. That’s the magic of our Asian-Inspired Cucumber Salad—it’s likely you already have almost everything you need just waiting in your pantry.

For this culinary creation, we start with a mandolin, which delivers impeccably thin slices of cucumber, laying the foundation of our salad. To this, add the sharp contrast of finely sliced red onion and a generous scattering of vibrant edamame.

The dressing? A sublime melody of some mirin, a drizzle of honey, a hint of sesame oil, and just a touch of raw garlic to awaken all your senses.

And just when you think it’s perfect—we sprinkle a dash of cayenne. It’s this final flourish that truly brings the dish to life, offering a gentle kick that brilliantly complements your favorite roasted meats or spicy stir-fries.

So, why wait? Dive into the refreshing world of this delightful cucumber salad and let it be the cool companion to your summer feasts!



Recipe for:

Asian Style Cooling Cucumber Salad with Edamame

Shopping list:

2 seedless English cucumbers

½ medium or 1 small Spanish red onion

¼ cup frozen, shelled edamame


2 tbsp. Mirin – rice wine vinegar

1 tsp finely chopped garlic (optional)

2 tsp sesame oil

1 tbsp. honey

1/2 tsp salt


¼ tsp cayenne pepper


Edamame: Pour some boiling hot water and soak the edamame for a few minutes. Drain in a sieve.

Cucumber:  Using a mandolin finely slice the cucumber. Be careful to not cut your fingers!

Onion: Peel, and finely slice.

Dressing: In a microwave safe bowl, add the honey along with the remaining ingredients and whisk to combine.


In a bowl combine the red onions, edamame and cucumber. Toss with the dressing. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper and serve with some spicy food.




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