Japanese Cucumber Salad

This is a simple and refreshing summer salad. Japanese Cucumber salad can be served as a side dish with any main course.

Japanese Cucumber salad is a great way to turn a cucumber into a salad that your entire family will enjoy.  The taste and texture of this dish combined with the simplicity in preparation make this simple salad an great choice with any meal.

Cucumbers are probably one of the most underrated vegetables I have come across.  Healthy and nutritious, they can be added to salads, served on their own, made into drinks, and made into pickles.  Japanese cucumbers sold in the grocery stores look a bit different than their counterparts in the US.  They are a bit thinner and the skin is covered with small thorns that can be irritating to touch.  But they are every bit as delicious and can be used in much the same way.

A box of Japanese cucumbers
Japanese cucumbers

Japanese Cucumber Salad

Japanese Cucumber salad uses julienne sliced cucumbers as the main ingredient.  Japanese Wafu dressing and herbs like shiso and chives can accent the taste of the salad.

10 Minutes 5 Minutes 2 Servings
PREP 10 Minutes
COOKING 5 Minutes
YIELD 2 Servings


  • 2 medium Japanese cucumbers or 1 large American cucumber
  • 2 Tbsp Japanese “Wafu” Dressing
  • Fresh herbs to taste


  • Wash: Wash the cucumbers. Peel if desired.
  • Slice:Using a spiral or julienne slicer, slice the cucumber into spaghetti-like strands.
  • Mix: Add the dressing and lightly mix in.
  • Top: Top with finely chopped herbs, such as shiso or chives, to taste (optional)


  • For the salad dressing, any dressing that you enjoy makes a good topper.  I like to use “Pietro Shoyu Dressing” as my “Wafu” Dressing. It’s available online or at most asian grocery store.   There is also a link below.
  • For herbs, I recommend perilla leaf (shiso) if you can find any in your local asian market.  If not, chives, parsley, lemon leaves, Italian parsley, or basil all work well with this dish.

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