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Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim) is crunchy, cool, and refreshing. An easy-to-make Korean cucumber side dish that is healthy and delicious.

Korean Cucumber Salad Recipe

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  • Author: Tonia | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 cups 1x
  • Category: salad, sidedish
  • Method: tossed
  • Cuisine: Korean
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Tangy spicy Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim) is crunchy, cool, and refreshing. An easy-to-make Korean cucumber side dish that is healthy and delicious. Watch the video!


Ingredients

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  • 4 cups cucumber, sliced into thick rounds or 1/2 moons (English cucumber, Japanese, Armenian, or Persian- thin-skinned, seedless is preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (honey or maple)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 scallions, sliced thin
  • 12 teaspoons Gochugaru Korean chili pepper flakes (spicy but not super hot, start with less and add more to taste)
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • fresh cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a colander, toss cucumbers with the 1 teaspoon of salt and set over a plate for 30 minutes. (See notes for skipping this step). 
  2. In a bowl whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, honey, sesame oil, scallions and Gochogaru flakes.
  3. Lightly rinse the cucumber slices and use a kitchen towel to blot and dry. Add to the dressing in the bowl and mix.
  4. Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds and fresh cilantro.

Notes

If short on time, you can skip the salting step- it is delicious either way, salting releases water from the cucumbers making the salad less watery and giving the the cucumbers a crisp texture.

Optional additions:  1 garlic clove, finely minced, 1 teaspoon fish sauce (leave out soy), thinly sliced carrots and onions.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 40
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 153.8 mg
  • Fat: 2.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.8 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 0.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg