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Spiralized Cucumber Salad

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: cucumber salad, spiralizer recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Nami
Refreshing and easy spiralized cucumber salad. Impress your friends and family by slicing vegetables into cool shapes with the spiralizer.


  • 1 Tbsp dried wakame seaweed
  • 1 American cucumber (for best spiralizing result)
  • kosher/sea salt (I use Diamond Crystal; Use half for table salt)

Sesame Dressing


  1. Gather all the ingredients.

    Spiralized Cucumber Salad Ingredients
  2. Cover and soak 1 Tbsp. wakame in water until it softens and hydrates, about 5 minutes.
    Spiralized Cucumber Salad 1
  3. Grind 3 Tbsp. toasted white sesame seeds in pestle and mortar (Japanese style is wooden pestle and grooved mortar), keeping some seeds unground for some texture.
    Spiralized Cucumber Salad 2
  4. Add 2 tsp. sugar, 1 Tbsp. soy sauce, and 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar and mix well. Set aside.
    Spiralized Cucumber Salad 3
  5. I usually like to make a striped pattern by alternately peeling a ½-inch-wide strip lengthwise, then leaving a strip of the skin intact. With this method, the cucumber slices have some decorative dark green accents and a little bit of extra crunchiness.
    Spiralized Cucumber Salad 4
  6. Center align the cucumber on the spiralizer and press firmly to secure both ends (For The Inspiralizer, set to "Blade A" for wide ribbons). If you don’t use a spiralizer, simply slice the cucumber into thin slices.
    Spiralized Cucumber Salad 5
  7. Spin the handle clockwise to spiralize. Using a kitchen shears or knife, cut the spiralized cucumber into shorter lengths.
    Spiralized Cucumber Salad 6
  8. Sprinkle kosher salt and give some gentle massage. Set aside for a few minutes.
    Spiralized Cucumber Salad 7
  9. Squeeze the excess moisture out and place in a bowl. Squeeze wakame and add to the bowl.
    Spiralized Cucumber Salad 8
  10. Before serving, Pour the sesame dressing over the cucumber and wakame, and mix well together. Serve in individual dishes or in a large serving bowl. Serve immediately. I don’t recommend keeping it for a long time as moisture from the cucumber will dilute the dressing and the salad becomes more like pickles. If that’s okay, it will last in the fridge for 2-3 days.
    Spiralized Cucumber Salad 9

Recipe Notes

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.