Paleo Sesame Cucumber Salad (Whole30, Keto)

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Get ready to excite your taste buds with this simple yet delicious Paleo sesame cucumber salad! Thinly sliced cucumbers tossed in a flavorful vinaigrette bursting with savory and umami goodness. Its refreshing crispness and lightness make it the perfect addition to any Asian meal, as a tasty appetizer, or even as a nice cool summer snack. This dish is so good you’ll be making it on repeat!

 

Paleo Sesame Cucumber Salad Recipe

Why Cucumbers are So Good For You!

Cucumbers are a fantastic source vitamins, minerals, fiber and water! They are delicious prepared in a dish like this cucumber kimchi, tossed in a salad, or even eaten plain as a snack with hummus or a blue cheese dip!
 

Vitamins

  • Vitamin K: Vitamin K is essential in bone health and it is converted to vitamin K2 by our gut microbiome, which supports our heart health!
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant our bodies use to neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative stress.

Minerals

  • Magnesium: The fourth most abundant mineral in the body, it supports healthy nerve functions, healthy blood pressure, and detoxification.
  • Manganese: Essential mineral in supporting blood sugar regulation, glucose metabolism, and supporting healthy brain and nerve function [1].
  • Potassium: Potassium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body and it is an essential electrolyte necessary in nervous system function, metabolism, hydration, and in regulating your heartbeat [2].
There are more benefits to eating cucumbers, they are full of fiber to support a healthy and optimized digestive tract! They contain both soluble and insoluble fiber:
  • Insoluble fiber: Works to keep things moving along and helps with toxin and waste elimination.
  • Soluble fiber [3]: Soluble fiber works to support a healthy microbiome and supports healthy blood sugar regulation.
Whole30 Sesame Cucumber Salad Recipe
This amazing dish is Paleo and Whole30 friendly by making the vinaigrette with coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, and I promise you will love it! Soy has become a highly processed ingredient that is genetically modified and treated with harsh pesticides like glyphosate (RoundUp) and is inflammatory to the body. By focusing on clean whole food ingredients you can feel good about eating and serving this to everyone!

Equipment Needed

Medium Bowl
Chopping Block
Chef’s Knife
Mandoline
Measuring Spoons
Whisk
Spatula
Colander

Paleo Sesame Cucumber Salad Ingredients

Serves 5-6

2 English Cucumbers, very thinly sliced
1 tsp + 1/4 tsp Fine Salt
1 Green Onion, diced
1-2 Garlic Cloves, finely minced
1 Tbsp Pure Toasted Sesame Seed Oil
1 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
1 Tbsp Coconut Aminos
1 tsp Fish Sauce
1 tsp Pure Maple Syrup
¼ tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
Pinch of Gochugaru Flakes for topping (opt)

How to Make Paleo Sesame Cucumber Salad

1. Thinly slice the cucumbers (I use a mandoline for this, but you can use a knife) and transfer to a colander.
2. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and toss well, set aside for 15-minutes.
3. In a medium bowl combine the sesame oil, coconut aminos, fish sauce, vinegar, maple syrup, 1/4 tsp of salt and sesame seeds, and whisk to combine.
4. Dice the green onion and mince the garlic.
5. Gently hand squeeze the cucumbers to remove as excess water and transfer to the bowl with the sesame vinaigrette.
6. Add the green onions and garlic and stir well to coat all the cucumbers.
7. Sprinkle with gochugaru flakes and serve!

Paleo Sesame Cucumber Salad Recipe

Paleo Sesame Cucumber Salad (Whole30, Keto)

Amy Lippert
Prep Time 19 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Korean
Servings 6
Calories 59 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Thinly slice the cucumbers (I use a mandoline for this, but you can use a knife) and transfer to a colander.
  • Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and toss well, set aside for 15-minutes.
  • In a medium bowl combine the sesame oil, coconut aminos, fish sauce, vinegar, maple syrup, 1/4 tsp of salt and sesame seeds, and whisk to combine.
  • Dice the green onion and mince the garlic.
  • Gently hand squeeze the cucumbers to remove as excess water and transfer to the bowl with the sesame vinaigrette.
  • Add the green onions and garlic and stir well to coat all the cucumbers.
  • Sprinkle with gochugaru flakes and serve!

Nutrition

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Nutrition Facts
Paleo Sesame Cucumber Salad (Whole30, Keto)
Amount per Serving
Calories
59
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
526
mg
23
%
Potassium
 
174
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
6
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
128
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
3
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
25
mg
3
%
Iron
 
0.5
mg
3
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Asian Cucumber Salad, Easy Cucumber Salad, Keto Cucumber salad, Korean Cucumber Salad, Low Carb Cucumber Salad, Paleo Cucumber Salad, Sesame Cucumber salad, Whole30 Cucumber Salad
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FAQs

Q: Do I need to salt the cucumbers before squeezing them?
A: Yes, this step helps to pull out extra water so the cucumber salad isn’t as watery.
Q: What should I add to make these a little spicer?
A: Check out my cucumber kimchi recipe if you want a spicer cucumber salad, or simply add some more gochujaru flakes, gochujang paste, or even crushed red pepper flakes.
Q: How long will sesame cucumbers keep?
A: Keep sesame cucumber salad stored in an airtight container in the fridge, enjoy within 2 days.

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