Crunchy Apple and Cucumber Salad with Sesame + Miso

Cold apple and cucumber salad on the table with a whole grilled dorade, a small potato salad and some extra toasted sesame seeds.

Cold, crunchy cucumbers are exactly what I want to eat on a hot summer day. Even better if you have some ready to pick fresh from your garden. This cucumber salad recipe is light, healthy, tasty and really easy to prepare. The miso dressing gives it a nice salty, umami punch that pairs well with the toasted sesame seeds and crispy granny smith apples. And the best part is it can be made in less than 20 minutes so it’s a good candidate for any weeknight dinner.

Cold apple and cucumber salad.

What’s it go with?

I like to eat this cucumber salad with grilled fish because the charred flavours match well with the light and refreshing taste of cucumbers. Throw in a small potato salad and you’ve got yourself a full dinner!

The cucumber salad’s best friends are:

Chef tips

  • Toast the sesame seeds yourself for a much better flavour.
  • A super small addition of xanthan gum stops the dressing from splitting, but can be omitted.

Dutch Cucumber Time

There is an expression in Dutch, komkommertijd, which directly translates to “cucumber time.” You can use this phrase to describe the quiet time in the summer when everyone is on vacation and not much is going on in the city.  

Cucumbers cut and salted in a bowl.

Salting the cucumbers before removes some excess moisture and concentrates the flavour.

 

Toasted sesame seeds on a sheet tray

Toasting your own sesame may be annoying but it’s definitely worth it in terms of flavour.

 

Mixing all the ingredients together to make the miso dressing.

Using a tiny amount of xanthan gum in this dressing makes it quick and no-fail.

 

Cold apple and cucumber salad on the table with a whole grilled dorade, a small potato salad and some extra toasted sesame seeds.

Crunchy Apple and Cucumber Salad with Sesame + Miso

It's cold, crunchy and ridiculously refreshing on a hot day. You definitely want to make this salad when the weather is too hot to handle.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 45kcal
Cost: $5/4€

Equipment

  • whisk
  • Colander/strainer

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 whole granny smith apple
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp salt

For the Dresssing

  • 1 tbsp miso paste preferably white miso
  • 3 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cold water
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 1/16 tsp xanthan gum a super small amount
  • 5 tbsp neutral oil peanut oil, sunflower, canola oil work well

Instructions

  • Peel the cucumbers into a stripe pattern. Cut into small cubes as shown.
    Peeling the cucumbers into stripes and cutting into a small dice
  • Add the ½ tsp of salt to the cucumbers and mix in a bowl. Place over a colander/strainer for 10 minutes to let some of the water drain off.
    Cucumbers cut and salted in a bowl.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together for the dressing and blend in a food processor or whisk in a bowl thoroughly.
    Mixing all the ingredients together to make the miso dressing.
  • Toast the sesame seeds on a sheet tray for about 8 minutes @ 190°C/375°F
    Toasted sesame seeds on a sheet tray
  • Dice the apple into cubes the same size as the cucumber. Add to the cucumbers and mix with the dressing. Add half of dressing and mix. Taste. If you would like more dressing, then add more. Finish the salad with the toasted sesame seeds on top. Enjoy!
    Cold apple and cucumber salad.

Notes

Cut the apples right before serving so they don't turn brown. 
Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 629mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
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