Easy Japanese Recipes

Japanese Cucumber Salad きゅうりとワカメの酢の物

Japanese Cucumber Salad | JustOneCookbook.com Before I talk about today’s post, for those of you on the east coast of the US, I hope the storm isn’t impacting your life too much and please stay safe.

I also want to say Congratulations to San Francisco Giants, World Series Champions!!  Whoo hoo! :)  They had an amazing playoff run coming back from the brink of being eliminated twice and sweeping the Detroit Tigers to win it all.

Now on to today’s recipe, Japanese Cucumber Salad.  As you might know, the typical Japanese meal consists of one main dish of meat or seafood with rice and miso soup, complemented with several side dishes.  This easy salad is one of the side dishes that I prepare often.

In Japan, this type of side dish/salad is called Sunomono (酢の物), literal translation “vinegar food”.  The most typical sunomono includes thinly sliced cucumber and wakame seaweed dressed in rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar.  The crunch of a crisp cucumber matches really well with the soft wakame seaweed in a delicious tangy vinegar dressing.

For today’s recipe, I added crab sticks to add red color but it’s completely optional and you can enjoy it as a vegetarian dish without the crab sticks.  The Japanese believe vinegar is an important part of our diet due to its many benefits such as controlling blood sugar level.  You can find out more information on Vinegar here.  Growing up my mom made sure we have different kinds of side dishes include sunomono during meal time.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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Japanese Cucumber Salad Recipe
 
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Serves: Serves 3-4
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  1. If you are using Japanese cucumber, this step called “Itazuri” is necessary. Wash the cucumber and sprinkle salt. With both hands, rub the cucumber against the cutting board. It removes the pointy bumps on the cucumber and it helps absorb the dressing.
  2. Peel the cucumber and slice into thin slices.
  3. Sprinkle salt and rub the cucumber each other gently with hands. After cucumber is wilted (about 5 minutes), wash the cucumber under cold water. Squeeze the cucumber to get rid of water.
  4. Put dried wakame in a small bowl and soak in water. After 10 minutes, squeeze dry to get rid of water.
  5. Cut the crab sticks in half.
  6. In a small saucepan, combine dressing ingredients and mix well. Heat until sugar is all dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside.
  7. In a large bowl, combine cucumber, wakame, and crab sticks. Pour the dressing over and mix together. Sprinkle sesame seeds and enjoy at room temperature or chilled.

Enjoy!

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  • Jennifer @ Delicieux October 28, 2012, 11:03 pm

    This looks divine Nami!! Cucumber salad is always a favourite in our house, in fact I’m making some to go with dinner tonight!

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  • Alyssa October 28, 2012, 11:07 pm

    I love this salad with the crab sticks. I’ve bought them before, but never thought of anything other than a California roll to use them for. And of course, as always, your photos are stunning! I hope you have a great week!

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  • Raymund October 28, 2012, 11:39 pm

    I love a salad like this, I had tried several cucumber based ones but nothing like this. Thanks for sharing

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  • Mel October 29, 2012, 12:23 am

    I always enjoyed your post going thru the tutorial photos! I think I should start eating this type of salad if I want to cut down my cholesterol level. Japanese cucumbers are more crunchy in texture than our local ones. These little beautiful bowls must be from your mom.

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  • Debra October 29, 2012, 1:05 am

    This looks refreshing. :)

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    • Nami October 30, 2012, 4:55 pm

      Thank you Debra! :)

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  • Andrea October 29, 2012, 1:17 am

    Nami, my ten-year-old who celebrated her birthday yesterday is the premium cucumber salad eater in our house – she also adores Asian dressings and a sprinkling of sesame seeds on top. So this salad of yours reminds me of the one I often prepare for her (and the rest of the gang) but your version with crab looks much more pleasing to the eye and it does sound delicious, so I will adjust my recipe and try it your way instead!

    P.S.: I also wanted to thank you for all your lovely comments and mails – I really love receiving them. And since Thursday is a Holiday around here, I am taking the kids to my favorite Asian market to a “shopping spree” so that I can finally try out more of your wonderful recipes! I am looking forward to that!

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  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book October 29, 2012, 1:21 am

    What an incredible salad Nami – I would be happy eating this every day of the week.
    :-) Mandy

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  • Grubarazzi October 29, 2012, 1:43 am

    I love this salad! It’s a fab of mine. Makes me wish I had cucumbers in the house. With Sandy on the way maybe I’ll just have to wait!

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  • Jenny October 29, 2012, 2:09 am

    Yum! good and healthy. I adore cucumber salad, I usually make tzaziki, which is a mainstay over summer. This looks really refreshing, Nami, and great pic too.

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  • Choc Chip Uru October 29, 2012, 2:11 am

    I don’t often enjoy cucumber salads but this looks fantastic :D
    Thank you!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  • Esther October 29, 2012, 2:21 am

    This sounds really nice and appetizing, i love light and tangy side sides. Thanks for this idea, Nami. Cant wait to try :)

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  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 29, 2012, 2:40 am

    The tip about removing pointy stubs is very helpful! And I love the styling of this recipe. It looks so crisp :)

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  • Renata October 29, 2012, 2:48 am

    I’ll try this recipe, sounds delicious! I have only had Sunomono in restaurants and my son is a huge fan of this dish. I’m glad that now I can make it at home with your recipe. Thanks for sharing, Nami!

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  • Mr. Three-Cookies October 29, 2012, 2:49 am

    Really elaborate/complex recipe, sounds very delicious. I recently tried a simpler version at a friends place. It was made with vinegar, sugar, water and dill. The cucumber takes on a really nice texture and flavour.

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  • Hotly Spiced October 29, 2012, 3:14 am

    What a delicious looking salad. I don’t know why but I don’t cook with cucumber very often. I should use it more xx

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  • tigerfish October 29, 2012, 3:28 am

    Usually, the dressing I would do for cucumber salad is sesame oil, sugar, soy sauce. I can try this for a change next time. Great!

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  • Ramona October 29, 2012, 4:40 am

    It’s like a pickled salad. YUM!! I recently made cucumber pickles so this looks perfect for me. :)

    As an East Coaster… we are getting pounded by rain right now… I hope it goes away faster than expected. Thanks for the well wishes. :)

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  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover October 29, 2012, 4:43 am

    I love this type of picked side dish when we take Japanese meal outside, and usually I will also finish up my children’s portion because they don’t appreciate this, hehehe ..your cucumber sound so appetizing and refreshing!

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  • dassana October 29, 2012, 4:48 am

    what a coincidence. i just posted a cucumber salad too :-)

    would love to try this version with the ingredients i have. i also liked your bowl.

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  • albertocook October 29, 2012, 4:58 am

    I like this

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  • amelia from z tasty life October 29, 2012, 5:20 am

    oh, i love this salad! My 7 year-old will love it too, as he adores dried seaweed.

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  • Baby Sumo October 29, 2012, 5:28 am

    Usually I just make the plain Japanese cucumber pickles. Next time, I’ll add wakame since I love those too.

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  • Kimby October 29, 2012, 5:52 am

    A crunchy side salad sounds like an appealing complement. Interesting note on the health benefits of vinegar, too. Maybe that’s why my Grandma served pickles with every meal! :)

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  • Jenn and Seth October 29, 2012, 6:42 am

    your cucumber salad sounds so refreshing! we definitely need to try this soon!

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  • Nandita October 29, 2012, 7:11 am

    The salad looks so tempting Nami!! I have never tried tasting Sea week before. But I would love to give it a try in the future :)

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  • Lyndsey@TinySkillet October 29, 2012, 7:11 am

    I would love this as a side. One thing I am funny about sides, I don’t like sweet baked beans, or potato salad (I never liked cold potatoes ever since I was a kid) not big on the seven bean salad or coleslaw, I guess I not your typical American! :)

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  • kitchenriffs October 29, 2012, 7:38 am

    I love any kind of cucumber salad, and this one looks particularly nice. The crab sticks are a wonderful idea! Great photos, great salad – thanks.

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  • Candice October 29, 2012, 8:05 am

    Another great & easy recipe, Nami! I love cucumber and didn’t realize that dish cucumber salad is so easy to make. I think the only difficult ingredient I may have trouble with is the dashi stock (making it from scratch).

    Do you know if they sell dashi packets at 99 Ranch?

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    • Nami October 29, 2012, 10:13 am

      Hi Candice! I doubt 99 Ranch has dashi packet… but Chinese supermarket Marina in San Mateo has it and a little cheaper than Japanese supermarket. :)

      If you don’t make miso soup, you can use dashi powder (there are MSG-free dashi powder) for small amount of dashi stock we need for dishes like this.

      I usually make miso soup so I scoop up 2 Tbsp. of dashi stock for this dish before putting miso etc.

      Hope this helps! :)

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  • Malli October 29, 2012, 8:08 am

    Nice refreshing, sweet and tart salad….sounds awesome!!

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  • Nazneen|Coffee and Crumpets October 29, 2012, 8:10 am

    I love cucumber salads. This looks great!

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  • Asmita October 29, 2012, 8:12 am

    Simply delicious! It must taste so refreshing and light. Would love to make this.
    I love those bowls.

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  • Vanessa Larson October 29, 2012, 9:45 am

    This looks delicious! I’m always looking for new vegetable side dishes. Thanks for sharing!

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  • A_Boleyn October 29, 2012, 9:57 am

    I don’t care for cucumber personally but this looks like a very interesting light, cold salad.

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  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz October 29, 2012, 10:35 am

    And I just finished eating a cucumber with my lunch. The salad looks lovey and perfectly balanced with the vinegar dressing.

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  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen October 29, 2012, 10:54 am

    What a nice healty salad, Nami! :)

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  • Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) October 29, 2012, 10:56 am

    Crab sticks gross me out–do they exist where they are ACTUALLY crab and not processed and molded anonymous fish meat? I LOVE real crab though, if I could I’d make this with that!

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    • Nami October 29, 2012, 12:08 pm

      Lol! I used to enjoy real crab too until I became allergic – so sad! There are other alternatives to add red color (tomatoes?) in this dish for those who don’t like crab sticks. Or eat it like traditional cucumber salad with just cucumber and wakame. :)

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  • Linda | The Urban Mrs October 29, 2012, 11:04 am

    Delicious and fresh! That’s my first impression of this post. I never knew that we can use salt and rub against the cutting board. What we normally do is cut the tip and rub against one another to remove the bitterness. Now I can’t stop thinking of having this with salmon. :)

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  • Cheryl S. October 29, 2012, 11:07 am

    Thank you for sharing this delightful recipe. Can’t wait to try it… as soon as this monster of a storm is over.

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    • Nami October 31, 2012, 12:57 pm

      Hi Cheryl! I hope you and your loved ones are okay from the storm. Thank you so much for your kind comment!

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  • Rosa October 29, 2012, 11:11 am

    A delightful and refined tasting salad! Beautiful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  • yummychunklet October 29, 2012, 11:13 am

    I’ll definitely be adding the crab sticks!

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  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist October 29, 2012, 11:28 am

    OH wow! I love cucumber salad. I have to make this. Another stunning recipe Nami!

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  • Kit October 29, 2012, 12:24 pm

    Oh how I miss Japanese cucumbers. They are much more expensive over here so I stick with the English ones. I can’t eat the regular ones since they are so tough. Looks like a simple but yummy recipe. Will definitely give it a try.

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    • Nami October 31, 2012, 1:15 pm

      Hi Kit – yeah here too it’s pretty pricey. I usually buy English cucumbers because its texture is very similar to Japanese cucumbers. Thanks for your kind comment and hope you will enjoy this recipe! :)

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  • Mi Vida en un Dulce October 29, 2012, 12:32 pm

    I saw in today’s news all kind of pictures of the storm/hurricane in the east coast, terrible..!!!
    I like your salad, I find cucumber very very fresh, so it goes perfect in salad…or in my eyes :)

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  • Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) October 29, 2012, 12:36 pm

    This looks so refreshing and delicious! (And I love the addition of the shredded crab sticks!) Now I want to make this exact salad sometime soon… yum.

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  • Katerina October 29, 2012, 1:28 pm

    I love this type of salad. It so much different from the Greek ones and yet so tasty!

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  • Vijitha October 29, 2012, 3:11 pm

    One of the easiest recipe ever. I think it will fit my South beach diet requirement. Will try it soon Nami. I love the way you chop your veggies – so slender and thin.

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  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen October 29, 2012, 3:39 pm

    What a delicious salad! I’ll take this any day whether as a side or even a main dish. You combined the flavors so well. As always, enjoyed the step by step process. I will try this soon as the weather gets better here in the east coast and I can go to the markets. Thanks for the kind wishes & the great recipe, Nami! Happy Mon. :-)

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  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef October 29, 2012, 3:40 pm

    What a clever salad. I love it and want to reach in and take a bite.

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  • Kim Bee October 29, 2012, 4:42 pm

    Nami this is so gorgeous. I think mini-me would love this one. She’s a cucumber nut. Like big time.

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  • Christine @ Cooking Crusade October 29, 2012, 5:26 pm

    Another lovely fresh looking recipe. This recipe epitomises everything I just love about Japanese cooking – careful, precise preparation, beautiful presentation and lovely flavours :)

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  • donna mikasa October 29, 2012, 6:27 pm

    I love cucumbers–my favorite vegetable–and I know I’m going to love this recipe!

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  • foodwanderings October 29, 2012, 6:35 pm

    This cucumber salad looks fresh and delicious. I love how you sliced it super thin. It looks so delicate. Just love the flavors!

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  • Eha October 29, 2012, 6:58 pm

    One of my favourite Japanese vinegary dishes, ’cause have always loved cucumber! Appetizing photo too! Don’t exactly know what is meant by ‘Japanese’ cucumber: but it looks very similar to what we call ‘Lebanese’ cuc here? :) !

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    • Nami October 31, 2012, 3:07 pm

      Thank you Eha! Japanese cucumbers are similar to Persian cucumber in size and texture. That’s a great alternative choice too. :)

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  • Helene @ French Foodie Baby October 29, 2012, 7:09 pm

    I LOVE sunomono, so glad to finally get the authentic recipe! In fact, I’ll make it this week! :-) Thanks, Nami.

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  • mjskit October 29, 2012, 8:16 pm

    Go San Francisco! :) Thank you for teaching me how to make this salad the right way! I make a very simple cucumber salad which is good but I’ve always felt something was missing. Yep – I was right – no dashi, no sesame seeds and no crab which I bet is an excellent addition!!! I love this salad my dear!!!

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  • Sandra's Easy Cooking October 29, 2012, 8:45 pm

    Finally I made it to your blog. I saw this in my email box and already knew that I will love this recipe. Very delicious pictures as always, Nami! I have in my fridge Japanese cucumbers which are much smaller than the Eng. cucumbers, but you gave us great alternative. Can’t wait to try this! Have a great week!!!!!

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  • anna October 29, 2012, 9:00 pm

    we lived in south korea for a while, and they also prepare side dishes to go with their meals. it made for such beautiful food, and such a healthy variety of things available. i haven’t had this salad before, but it reminds me of that sort of thing, and i can’t wait to try it. it’s food that is good for your whole body.

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  • sheri October 29, 2012, 9:39 pm

    So delicious! I love sunomono! So nice that my kids are starting to like pickled/fermented foods now, slowly. I think it’s good for their health to have some vinegar too.

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  • Zee October 29, 2012, 10:00 pm

    This cucumber salad looks very interesting specially with crab sticks.. I’ve never had something like this before.. Looks delicious!

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  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb October 30, 2012, 2:58 am

    We call those Surimi in France, the crab sticks. you get crab, prawns fish, pretty much all types. Unfortunately its so rare in Austria and in India I can forget even of thinking that they might sell it somewhere. Love Love Love those! So addictive in a salad.

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  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 30, 2012, 4:04 am

    I adore this salad! It’s so fresh and crunchy but I like that it has the crab sticks in it too :D

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  • PolaM October 30, 2012, 5:46 am

    what a wonderful cucumber salad! I have to try this japanese version: it looks so yummy!

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  • The Café Sucré Farine October 30, 2012, 5:53 am

    Nami, this looks fantastic. I love a fresh, flavorful salad like this, could probably just eat this for a whole meal. Thanks for all the great tips too, I never heard of that salt trick but it looks like it works great!

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  • Muna Kenny October 30, 2012, 6:41 am

    I like coming to your blog and be introduced to amazing food. Delicious looking salad :)

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  • Delishhh October 30, 2012, 9:05 am

    I love cucumbers and Asian cucumber salads to me are just delicious, all kinds, i especially like cucumber kimchi, i love the acidity with cucumber, remind me of my childhood eating Polish cucumber salad. Just fabulous. I love your in action photo’s too :)

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  • Sissi October 30, 2012, 9:20 am

    Nami, you are the only one who is able to make humble crab sticks look so marvellous! I love this salad and it reminds me of your cucumber and seaweed salad I have made several times (and posted too). I remember it was delicious, so I will try this enriched version soon, especially since I constantly have crab sticks in the fridge.

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  • hui October 30, 2012, 10:25 am

    this is a really pretty salad ^^ bet it tastes light and refreshing too ^^

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  • The Squishy Monster October 30, 2012, 10:35 am

    I love any salad with rice vinegar ….+ dashi stock? How cool!!

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  • Lori Lynn October 30, 2012, 10:40 am

    I like the addition of crab sticks.
    Thanks for the lesson on Japanese cucumber, too!
    LL

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  • Sanjeeta kk October 30, 2012, 10:43 am

    Such refreshing and healthy way to eat salad..hearing first time about wakame…

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  • Dara October 30, 2012, 11:04 am

    Great salad! It looks crisp and tasty. I love cucumbers but usually just eat them sliced. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Sandra October 30, 2012, 11:43 am

    Cucumbers always remind me of summer. I’d have to swap out the crab, my daughter wouldn’t be able to eat it otherwise. Have a restful evening!

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  • Juliana October 30, 2012, 12:00 pm

    Delicious cucumber salad…I could have this as my whole meal :)
    Thanks for pictures and have a wonderful week as well Nami!

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  • Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 30, 2012, 2:21 pm

    I love cucumber salads because they are so refreshing. This particular one with crab sticks make it very interesting. I wish I had all the ingredients now so I can make it immediately!

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  • Balvinder October 30, 2012, 4:50 pm

    I like cucumbers in salad . I have some in the fridge to try this salad tonight, without crab meat.

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  • Lynna October 30, 2012, 10:45 pm

    This looks so refreshing to eat! I love that you added the crab sticks. Why do Japanese side dishes always look so good!

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  • Martyna @ Wholesome Cook October 31, 2012, 3:39 am

    Cucumber salad, be it Chinese or Polish variety is one of the most refreshing things in the world and one of my faves, and now thanks to your recipe I can enjoy a Japanese version as well. I see this in my lunch box in the near future…

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  • Food Jaunts October 31, 2012, 4:59 am

    I love vinegar :) I actually take a shot of vinegar at least a couple of times a week but I can be a bit extreme. So if I used English cucumber would I not have to worry doing the rubbing on the cutting board part?

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    • Nami November 1, 2012, 9:56 am

      English cucumbers don’t have the pointy bumps like Japanese cucumbers. It’s pretty pointy that you won’t miss it. There are no bumps on English or Persian cucumber that I know of… :)

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  • Reese@SeasonwithSpice October 31, 2012, 7:03 am

    Refreshing side dishes are one of the best elements of a Japanese meal. They add so much fun and colors to communal eating. I love this kind of cucumber salad – easy yet delicious!

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  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) October 31, 2012, 7:44 am

    I can eat an entire bowl full of cucumber salad. Never seen crab sticks added to it but I like the idea, too.

    I put vinegar/lemon in almost everything I eat. I really do believe that there are certain health benefits to the condiments we eat alongside our meals. Plus, it would be so boring not to have all those other options. :)

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  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 31, 2012, 4:20 pm

    OMG OMG OMG Nami :) This is my FAVOURITE type of SALAD ~ I order it whenever I go to a Japanese restaurant and I can’t seem to get enough of it! I’m not sure if it’s the crack sticks or the dressing but it’s addictive…but then i realised the one i have usually has a Kewpie dressing is that a different salad? :)

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  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 1, 2012, 12:22 am

    You must be so thrilled that your hometown won the world series!

    Now about this salad – I love the simplicity of it and it involves one of my favorite things ever – crab sticks! When my mom used to make me california rolls, I would steal all the crab sticks and eat it by itself and she’d get really mad!

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  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 1, 2012, 9:57 am

    I love cucumber salad, this looks wonderful Nami!

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  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie November 1, 2012, 2:48 pm

    Hi Nami,
    You know I love Japanese cucumber salad, but I have never tried it with crab sticks. I am seriously going to make it for lunch tomorrow. It sounds so so good. Thanks for sharing:)

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  • Terra November 4, 2012, 2:28 pm

    What a light and healthy salad! I like the addition of crab sticks, little more filling for a snack or meal. Looks wonderful, Hugs, Terra

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  • Baltic Maid November 4, 2012, 7:31 pm

    This looks wonderful! I love cucumber salad but I have never tried the Japanese version. Adding crab sounds and looks delicious!

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  • Soni November 5, 2012, 12:49 pm

    I love this cucumber salad and that Dashi stock sounds fantastic!!I love crab sticks but haven’t used them that much!This sounds like a good recipe to try :)

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  • Charles November 6, 2012, 6:40 am

    Lovely looking salad Nami – I love everything which has “mono” in the title. It’s a sure sign of crunchy, fresh, tastiness! I think I’d skip the crab sticks – can’t stand the things – but the salad looks wonderful besides that – so fresh and crisp.

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  • Shirley November 7, 2012, 10:23 pm

    I have to remember to share this with my mom too! She’s always asking me for new salad and dressing ideas, and she loves cucumbers.

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  • Nic@diningwithastud November 14, 2012, 4:30 pm

    What a healthy recipe! I adore cucumber salad so this is great Nami :D Bookmarking!

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  • ang ying ying December 10, 2012, 12:47 am

    Hello Nami! do you know how long can i keep the cucumber salad in fridge?

    Thanks for sharing such a nice recipe!

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    • Nami December 10, 2012, 12:55 am

      Thanks for asking! Hmm… I’d eat within 2 days and it’s the best till next day. :)

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  • Steven January 10, 2013, 8:49 am

    Hi, I am the only one in the house that likes food like this, so I have to cook for myself. I see that this makes a lot of servings. Should I refrigerate the dressing from the rest of the ingredients? How long would it last do you think? Thanks!

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    • Nami January 10, 2013, 10:48 am

      Hi Steven!

      The dressing will last about 3 days, so either you make half of the recipe portion or keep the dressing separate and mix it right before you eat it (so it doesn’t become like pickled dish).

      Hope this helps!

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  • Erin May 14, 2013, 6:31 pm

    This may be a silly question…but how do you get the crab sticks shredded like that?

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    • Nami May 16, 2013, 9:41 am

      Hi Erin! I think I know what you are asking about. When I bought some brands (usually non Japanese brands), the crab sticks don’t separate like how Japanese crab sticks do… It just won’t get “shredded” and it becomes more like pieces. If you don’t mind the shape, that’s okay too. But I looove the texture of long thin shredded crab sticks. :) Hope you can find Japanese brand – they usually come in smaller packages like one I showed in the recipe, not in a huge bulk. Hope that helps! :)

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      • Erin May 16, 2013, 2:46 pm

        Makes perfect sense…thank you so much! I love the texture of the shreds too so I’ll find a Japanese brand. I’ve tried several of your recipes and I LOVE them all, my girls are obsessed with the Soba Salad :) Thanks again!!!!!

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        • Nami May 16, 2013, 11:29 pm

          Hi Erin! Aww so nice to hear you tried some of my recipes! :D So happy to hear your daughters enjoyed the soba salad too. :) Thank you again for writing! xo

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  • BI October 9, 2013, 8:48 pm

    Dear Nami,
    Can i make a batch of the cucumber salad and keep in the fridge? How long I can keep it in the refrigerator? Thanks.

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    • Nami October 10, 2013, 10:16 am

      Hi BI! Sure you can, but please consider that thinly sliced cucumber will absorb flavor easily and they will become more like pickles (will become more softer too). So I’d suggest to keep it separate until 1-2 hours before serving or so. Hope this helps! :)

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