Asian Cucumber Red Onion Salad with Tomatoes, Black Olives, with a Creamy Sourcream, Sesame Seeds, Garlic, Rice Vinegar dressing drizzled on top is the perfect summer salad recipe. Its finally finished with some freshly chopped cilantro and a dash of lemon juice. It's zesty, mildly spicy, and so refreshing. The dressing is sweet and has a spiciness due to the garlic and the chili flakes.
Cucumber Salads are just perfect for the summer season. Be it the Creamy Cucumber Red Onions Salad or Cucumber Tomato Salad or Summer Corn Salad or Black Bean salad, they are all so refreshing and cooling. So, I love to make this every day for the hot summer months. Also, Cucumber makes for the perfect Summer Gazpacho recipe, which is extremely cooling.
This Asian Cucumber Red Onion Salad is basically just like any other Cucumber salad. Here, I have used Cucumber along with some Red Onions, some Diced Tomatoes, and some Black Olives. While the salad dressing is made with Sourcream, Mayo, Rice Vinegar, mined Garlic, Sesame Seeds, and Red Chili flakes.
The Veggies for this salad
Ideally, this salad is made with just cucumber or cucumber and red onions. However, I took the liberty to add some Tomatoes as well. It just tastes so good with Cucumber and Red Onions and also looks so very colorful.
Cucumber: Cucumber is an essential part of this salad. You can use English Cucumber. However, if you are using those, then you do not need to peel off the skin of the Cucumber. And you cut circles and then you half them. English Cucumber has a firm texture and goes very well for this salad.
Red Onions: This Cucumber Salad is just incomplete without Red Onions. Red Onions add a sweetness to this recipe and also brings in a wonderful crunch. Moreover, Red Onions are a staple for every Cucumber salad recipe, especially, in Asia.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes bring in a sourness to this salad. Also, Tomatoes are a rich source of Vitamin C. It helps improve your appetite. Of course, Tomatoes tastes brilliant in this Asian Cucumber Red Onion Salad.
The Garlic Vinegar Dressing
The dressing for this salad is actually my own recipe. I developed this recipe over the years based on taste and texture. This Dressing tastes sweet and spicy. There is sweetness because almost all Asian dressings are generally sweet.
However, the garlic and the Red Chili Flakes brings in a nice spiciness to the dressing. The Rice Vinegar brings in a unique flavor to this dressing. The best part is the Sesame seeds which improve the overall texture of this salad and make it taste nutty.
Have a Quick Look at this Video to See How I made this Salad
How to make Asian Cucumber Red Onion Salad
To make this Asian Cucumber Red Onion Salad:
First, gather your veggies and chop them out. Chop the Cucumber into circles. the Red Onions into half-moons and the Tomatoes into dices.
Next, to make the dressing, in a mixing bowl add minced garlic, Sourcream, Mayonnaise, Rice Vinegar, Granulated Sugar, Salt, Sesame Seeds, and Red Chili Flakes. Mix it well and keep aside.
Drizzle this dressing over the veggies and mix well until combined.
Add some Black Olives and lemon juice to your salad and mix well.
Finally add some more sesame seeds, red chili flakes, and chopped cilantro and serve.
Let's talk taste:
This salad has a sweet and spicy taste. Also, there is an after flavor of a nut which is due to the sesame seeds. I like to have this salad with Steak dinner or with any Asian or Indian dinner recipes as a side dish. It gives the required refreshment when you are having a spicy curry or noodles.
Asian Cucumber Red Onion Salad
- 1 large Cucumber chopped
- 1 medium sized Red Onion chopped
- 2 medium sized Tomatoes diced
- 2 tablespoon Black Olives sliced
- 5-6 cloves Garlic minced
- 2 tablespoon Sour Cream
- 2 tablespoon Mayonnaise
- ½ teaspoon Rice Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Granulated Sugar
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon Sesame Seeds
- 1 tablespoon Red Chili Flakes or as per your taste
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1 tablespoon Sesame Seeds
- ½ teaspoon Red Chili Flakes
- ¼ Cup Cilantro freshly chopped
- In a bowl add all the chopped veggies - Cucumber, Red Onions and Tomatoes and keep aside.
- In a bowl add the garlic, sour cream, rice vinegar, sugar, salt, sesame seeds, red chili flakes, and Mayonnaise. Mix it well and drizzle over the veggies.
- Top with some black olives, lemon juice, sesame seeds, red chili flakes, and freshly chopped Cilantro.
- If you do not have rice vinegar, then you can use White vinegar as a replacement.
- If you do not have Sourcream, then use Greek Yogurt as a replacement.