Japanese Cucumber Salad

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This Japanese inspired cool, crisp salad is as elegant and well balanced as it is simple.

See how to make this great salad in our Test Kitchen video - http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-video...

 Japanese Cucumber Salad
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved
  • Total Time: 15 minutes

  • 2 medium cucumbers, or 1 large English cucumber

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted (see Tip)

  1. 4 servings, about 1 cup each

  2. Peel cucumbers to leave alternating green stripes. Slice the cucumbers in half lengthwise; scrape the seeds out with a spoon. Using a food processor or sharp knife, cut into very thin slices. Place in a double layer of paper towel and squeeze gently to remove any excess moisture.

  3. Combine vinegar, sugar and salt in a medium bowl, stirring to dissolve. Add the cucumbers and sesame seeds; toss well to combine. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts

Per serving
Saturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
Dietary Fiber
Added Sugars
1 vegetable
1/2 fat
Carbohydrate Servings
Iron (35% daily value).

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14 replies

ohneclue 2016-03-19 15:57:54 -0500 Report

amster, PLEASE quote me a single study using balsamic vinegar or rice vinegar having the same effect as apple cider vinegar as reported in Diabetic Care where 2 T of ACV lowered the blood sugars of a bagel and orange juice breakfast the same as 500 mg Metformin? I'd like to read those research studies because I've Googled them and can't find any such studies.

amteser 2015-01-15 23:52:28 -0600 Report

Ohneclue & BerniePiel are not up to date on the latest studies, which show that all types of vinegar, not just apple cider vinegar, lower blood sugar when consumed with , or immediately before, your meal.

Ms. Lizz
Ms. Lizz 2015-01-15 21:15:11 -0600 Report

Looks easy, peasy… I love English Cucumbers… This would be tasty and get eaten up quickly around here… Thanks!

Type1Lou 2014-01-23 15:09:07 -0600 Report

I love cucumbers and made this recipe today, substituting the sugar with Splenda. I thought it turned out just great!!

BerniePiel 2014-01-19 10:04:33 -0600 Report

Where is the "tip" about roasting sesame seeds? I personally do not like sugar substitutes of any kind. I don't like the taste and I don't like the chemical nature of them so I refuse to use them. That said, I understand some people have different tastes than mine and if it is alright to use substitutes then the recipe should state it. Also ohnclue makes a good point that only apple cider vinegar, not rice vinegar is what is getting all the "buzz" about helping diabetics with blood sugar spikes. I would also alert you to a trade name that has a published pamphlet regarding ACV and its various benefits, including blood sugar reduction, the company name is Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar. This is a well respected company among natural food types and you can find it pretty much anywhere. Check out their other products, as well.

Joanie Baloney
Joanie Baloney 2014-01-09 23:27:18 -0600 Report

WHY should I use SUGAR in this recipe when I can use a Sugar Substitute?!…It doesn't make sense! What are the amounts if I use Splenda and Stevia?

ohneclue 2014-01-09 22:41:21 -0600 Report

The idea of this recipe is great but the rice vinegar is not the tested vinegar. Beware of using any vinegar except the one used in testing that matched Metformin for reducing/controlling blood sugars — apple cider vinegar. No other vinegar has been tested and therefore, should not be used in place of the tested one — ACV. So you can't just have a recipe with any vinegar in it and expect the same results. It would be very easy to substitute the tested vinegar and add a little sugar substitute to offset the sharp vinegar taste. This recipe calls for 1 spoon sugar which is not too bad but I personally use only the sugar alternatives that don't kick or get processed as a regular sugar.

RachelChavez 2013-10-10 16:15:40 -0500 Report

Just tried this and I think it's an awesome alternative to salad. We try to have a salad every night with dinner but that can get so boring. I think I will have to start doing this as a substitute. Tasty, tasty, tasty!

New2type2 2013-09-20 19:09:58 -0500 Report

I could eat it every day too! Love all the ingredients. But I'd use Splenda or Truvia just because am trying to leave sugar alone.