This crunchy and Refreshing Cucumber Salad is AIP, paleo, vegan, Whole30 and super refreshing! It’s the perfect side to grilled meats and heavier dishes and comes together in no time.
When I created this recipe, I was inspired by the delicious flavours of Japanese cucumber salads. These layered salads often have an incredible sweet-sour dressing made with some combination of rice vinegar, sesame, soy sauce and other non-AIP compliant ingredients.
This AIP-version includes cool, crisp cucumber, red onion, coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar and lime juice. Fresh cilantro and chives tie everything together for a well-balanced salad that is light, refreshing and vibrant. It’s the perfect accompaniment to your main dish!
Here’s how you make this Cucumber Salad
- To begin, toss chopped cucumbers with sea salt and place them in a colander to sweat out some water.
- Slice your red onion and place in a bowl with apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos, lime juice, cilantro and chives. While you wait on your cucumbers, let the onions macerate in this mixture. This light pickling helps take out some of the onion’s pungency and brings out its sweet notes.
- After 20 minutes, mix the onion mixture with the cucumbers and add additional salt to taste.
- Finally, I recommend you chill the salad until just before serving so that the cucumbers continue to marinate in all the flavours.
Can I make this salad without coconut aminos?
The coconut aminos really provides this salad with a sweet flavor that nicely complements the lime. You might try replacing with balsamic vinegar, but the flavor would be really different.
Does this dish store well?
My recommendation is to enjoy this salad fresh. While this salad is great to make 20-30 minutes in advance of serving so that the cucumber really soaks up the flavors of the dressing, much longer than this and the salad starts getting a bit soggy. I’ve enjoyed leftovers the day after making, but stored the dressing separately.
Can I replace the cilantro?
If you aren’t a cilantro lover, you can omit or try subbing with parsley or basil.
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