Sunomono – Japanese cucumber salad

Japanese Cucumber salad with sesame seed
When the sun is up and you need something cooling to go with  a crunch you need a well balanced Japanese style cucumber salad, Sunomono
Cucumbers are a well known low-calorie water-laden vegetable (fruit) we all rely on for a great salad. Belonging to the cucurbit family it is made of 96%water. This definitely is your option for clean hydrated eating.
Wondered why they are so useful in the spa treatments!! They supply a good amount of minerals in addition to the water content.
Cucumber is well known to help in heart burns,  acidity and ulcer as a cooling soothing factor.
In addition the  cucumber can keep your knees supple, help to keep your sugar levels in check and lower your cholesterol levels.
With a long list more to go, I guess we can now focus more on the recipe itself
It’s a very simple preparation for Sunomono. The recipe is from a restaurant I frequent for  Japanese dig. In fact, I was mildly surprised that the recipe just tasted perfect. The balance between the sweet and sour elements brings out the uniqueness of this recipe. The nuttiness of the roasted sesame seeds adds the necessary creaminess to it.
The recipe is perfect when served immediately. Try overnight version too… I have come to like the way the cucumbers imbibe the flavours..and then add the roasted sesame seeds to bring in a bit more of the excitement.
I really like the ribbon cut to do this salad as it’s great to pick up with a chopstick,  yet today I decided to go with the classic thin slice.  So enjoy the lovely recipe and more salad recipes before you leave the site.
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Japanese Cucumber salad

Japanese Cucumber salad

Japanese Cucumber salad with sesame seed

Japanese Cucumber Salad

Cooling salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Soups and salad
Cuisine Asian, diabetic friendly, gluten free, International, Japanese, One pot, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 2 portions
Calories 51 kcal


  • 2 cucumber Japanese cucmbers
  • salt to taste

for the dressing

  • 1.5 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar raw sugar/ any variety is ok
  • 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Toasted sesame seeds white or black


  • Wash the cucumbers and slice them thin. You could use as thin long ribbons or as round cuts
  • Add in the salt and let it sit for 5 minutes
  • Squeeze out the water from the cucumbers after 5 minutes
  • In a small mixing bowl mix together the rice vinegar, soy sauce and sugar
  • Add in the cucumbers and toss well.
  • Sprinkle the sesame seeds
  • The recipe is ready.


Optionally you can toss in a few basil, mint or other herbs into the salad.
Japanese cucumbers are thin and long without much of the seeds in the core.


Serving: 100gCalories: 51kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.004gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.003gSodium: 699mgPotassium: 204mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6g
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Poonam Bachhav
6 years ago

Refreshing salad !
We use crushed roasted peanuts in cucumber salad for nutty flavour..will try sesame seeds next time.

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