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Din Tai Fung Inspired Cucumber Salad

A refreshing and crunchy Asian cucumber salad with just the right amount of spice - inspired by the Michelin-rated Din Tai Fung restaurant.  Made with garlic, rice vinegar, Persian cucumbers, fresno chile, sesame oil and drizzled with chili oil. A perfectly light salad for an appetizer or low-carb snack!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Chilling cucumbers 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Chinese, Taiwanese
Servings 2 people
Calories 70 kcal


  • 4 Persian cucumbers
  • 2 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresno chili pepper, minced
  • ¾ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic, minced about 1 medium clove
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt or fine kosher salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili oil I use La Yu brand


  • Wash cucumbers and cut evenly into ½ inch thick slices.
  • Place cucumbers in a Tupperware container and add salt. Shake it up well.
  • Chill cucumbers in fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the dressing. Add minced chili, minced garlic, sesame oil, rice vinegar and sugar in a small bowl and mix well. Set Aside.
  • Rinse and drain the cucumbers in a strainer. Pat dry with a towel.
  • Add cucumbers to a mixing bowl, add the dressing and mix well.
  • Plate the cucumbers, then drizzle with chili oil and serve right away.


*Nutritional facts provided are only an estimate, accuracy is not guaranteed.
  • Add more chili oil to taste.
  • If you plan to serve the dish later,  drain any excess water from the cucumbers and add the dressing just prior to serving.
  • If you're using table salt, I recommend rinsing the cucumbers twice so the dish will not be too salty.
  • The longer you let the cucumber sit with salt, the more water will draw out.
  • Cut the cucumbers thick for a nice crunchy bite!
  • Store the salad in a closed container for up to 2 days.


Serving: 2gCalories: 70kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1166mgPotassium: 176mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 141IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
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