Sunomono (Cucumber Salad)

Sunomono (Cucumber Salad) //

This sweet and tangy Japanese-style cucumber salad with seaweed is refreshing, simple and healthy to eat. It’s a perfect side dish. You can find wakame (dried seaweed) at your Asian or Japanese grocery market. If you don’t have one nearby, you can purchase them at online such as Amazon Grocery & Gourmet Food. This mineral-rich vegetable has been a staple in Asian diets and is packed with calcium, iodine, iron, and magnesium. When you re-hydrate wakame, it looks like slippery spinach. It can also help beat the bloat because it is diuretic (helps reduce the amount of water in the body).

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Sunomono (Cucumber Salad)

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Sunomono (Cucumber Salad) is light and refreshing side dish that's quick and simple to make.


1 Tbsp. dried seaweed (wakame)
1/2 English cucumber, skin peeled
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp black sesame seeds (optional)

1 1/2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1 Tbsp. dashi
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. light soy sauce
1/4 tsp. sesame oil


1. In a small bowl, add dried seaweed and soak it in water for 10 minutes or until soften. Discard the water.
2. Cut the cucumber in halve and slice it thinly. Put it in a bowl, add salt, and mix it well. Set it aside for about 5 minutes.
3. To make the dressing, in a small saucepan over medium heat, add all ingredients and mix until the sugar and dash dissolves. Turn off heat and let it cool down to room temperature.
4. Grab the cucumber slices and squeeze the moisture out until dry. Place it in a serving bowl. Add the seaweed, dressing and toss well to combine. Sprinkle black sesame seeds and serve immediately.

Japanese or Persian cucumbers can also be used.
Wakame (dried seaweed) is found in Asian or Japanese grocery markets.

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