This Easy Asian Cucumber Salad is the perfect keto side dish summer recipe! This low carb salad is full of flavor and needs no cooking.
Asian Cucumber Salad
This easy, low-carb, gluten-free Asian Cucumber Salad is perfect for a quick snack or side dish! No cook required — Just cover thinly sliced cucumbers with a tasty Asian-inspired sauce for a simple side dish.
It takes just about a minute to put together this delicious salad! You can combine the sauce in a jar ahead of time, pack some sliced cucumbers, and this becomes an easy meal for camping, picnics, cookouts, potlucks, and more.
While you don’t want to mix the cucumbers and the sauce in advance, you can easily meal prep this recipe simply by making the sauce about a week ahead of time! Then all you have to do when you’re ready to eat is slice your cucumbers, toss, and serve. Easy, healthy, low fat, low carb, gluten free, refined sugar free, and SO delicious!
Keto Cucumber Salad Ingredients:
- Cucumbers: Very thinly sliced (a mandoline slicer makes this super easy)
- Sauce: minced garlic, rice vinegar, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, golden monk fruit (or brown sugar if not keto), chili garlic sauce
For a beautiful presentation and extra flavor, consider adding garnishes like green onions, sesame seeds, or chopped peanuts.
How to make Asian Cucumber Salad
This recipe is so EASY and requires no cooking! Simply add all of your sauce ingredients into a jar and shake to combine. If the sweetener is not dissolving, simply zap the mixture in the microwave for about 10 seconds to help it along.
Pour the sauce over thinly sliced cucumbers and stir to completely cover every bite. Top with green onions, sesame seeds, or chopped peanuts if you love your garnishes!
Is Cucumber Salad Keto?
Some cucumber salads have carbs hidden in the sauce. To make sure this Asian Cucumber Salad stays low carb and keto, I used golden monk fruit as the sweetener in the sauce! A full cup of this cucumber salad has 4.3 grams carbohydrates and 0.5 grams of fiber, meaning there are just 3.8 net carbs!
How to Store Cucumber Salad
This easy cucumber salad should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to 3 days. I enjoy the crunch of fresh cucumbers, so I prefer to eat it the day I make it, but the flavor is so excellent, it makes up for the softer texture in the leftovers.
If you have leftovers but don’t love the softened cucumbers, I highly recommend adding your remaining cucumber salad to crispy lettuce wraps! Top a crunchy leaf of iceberg lettuce with your cucumber salad and some Asian Salmon for a super flavorful, easy lunch!
I don’t recommend freezing this as the cucumbers will become very soggy.
What to Serve with Asian Cucumber Salad
For an easy meal that requires barely effort, I love serving this Slow Cooker Ginger Garlic Pork Tenderloin along with the cucumber salad and some Air Fryer Green Beans! These Steak Rolls or these Kung Pao Meatballs would complement this Asian Cucumber Salad as well, especially with Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts.
For an excellent cookout, serve Grilled Chicken Legs and Keto Bacon Wrapped Cabbage with this salad instead! For more delicious recipes that would work well with this easy cucumber salad, check out this list for more Keto Asian Recipes!
Can you make cucumber salad ahead of time?
Yes, you can make this ahead of time, but the cucumbers will lose their crunchy texture. To meal prep this, I recommend making the sauce ahead of time (can be stored in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 7 days) but not adding it to the cucumbers until up to 1 hour before serving. Sliced cucumbers will last in the fridge 1-2 days.
To make this for a meal prep lunch, I make the sauce on the weekend and store in the fridge, then I slice my cucumber the night before my lunch. For one cup of cucumbers, just add 1 3/4-2 tablespoons of the sauce to the cucumbers (these little containers are perfect for portioning this out ahead of time!).
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- 4 cups very thinly sliced cucumber
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar monkfruit
- 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
- Optional toppings: green onions, sesame seeds, peanuts
- Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a jar and shake well. If you need to, heat the sauce for 10 seconds to help the sweetener dissolve.
- Pour the sauce over the thinly sliced cucumbers, toss to coat. If desired, top with sesame seeds, green onions and chopped peanuts.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 3.5gSodium: 138mgCarbohydrates: 4.3gNet Carbohydrates: 3.8gFiber: 0.5gSugar: 2.2gProtein: 1g