Asian Cucumber Salad with Toasted Rice Powder

Cucumber Salad with Toasted Rice Powder - This Asian-inspired salad is tangy, crunchy and refreshing, not to mention, EASY to make!| platingsandpairings.com

This Asian Cucumber Salad with Toasted Rice Powder is ideal for summer – Light, tangy, refreshing and crunchy. Perfect for picnics and outdoor barbecues!

Asian Cucumber Salad with Toasted Rice Powder - This Asian-inspired salad is tangy, crunchy and refreshing, not to mention, EASY to make!| platingsandpairings.com

This Asian Cucumber Salad with Toasted Rice Powder is ideal for summer - Light, tangy, refreshing and crunchy. Perfect for picnics and outdoor barbecues! | platingsandpairings.com

Growing up, I always remember my mom making her fresh tomato salad and cucumber salad in the summertime. Both were dressed simply, with a little bit of vinegar, salt and pepper, allowing the actual flavors of the veggies to shine through.

These salads were always extra special because they were made with vegetables that my Nanu grew in his garden. Those summers were always extra special too because they were filled with family, visits to the lake, and time off from school. Even though there wasn’t much to do in our small town, it seemed like we could always fill the day with something.

Cucumber Salad with Toasted Rice Powder - This Asian-inspired salad is tangy, crunchy and refreshing, not to mention, EASY to make!| platingsandpairings.com

My Italian family all lived on the same block growing up – One house after the next. If I do my counting correctly, I’d say that we had seven houses on that one block. My Nanu and Nana lived right next door – Which was a huge plus because they’d always bring over bowls of Sunday Gravy. My Nanu’s three brothers also lived on the block (they would be my great-uncles), as well as their grown kids, and my aunt and uncle.

Backyard barbecues happened on the regular, and there were lots of basketball games, slip-n-slide adventures, and water balloon fights. But I was definitely outnumbered – all of the cousins were boys… So there was lots of roughhousing. Which is when I would go off and resort to my coloring books or friendship bracelet making. It wasn’t until middle school that my aunt and uncle finally had a baby girl.

Cucumber Salad with Toasted Rice Powder - This Asian-inspired salad is tangy, crunchy and refreshing, not to mention, EASY to make!| platingsandpairings.com

With summer officially here again – I decided to bring back my mom’s cucumber salad recipe. But I put a bit of a twist on it with this Asian Cucumber Salad – Sprinkling some toasted rice powder on top to add some crunch. I’ve had a bit of an obsession with toasted rice powder after first using it on this Thai Beef Salad, and then sprinkling it on top of this Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken. This cucumber salad has a bit of an Asian twist to it, using rice wine vinegar to give it its tang, so I thought that the rice powder would be a perfect fit.

The result? Crunchy, tangy, light, refreshing – All the great things you want in a summer salad.

Cucumber Salad with Toasted Rice Powder - This Asian-inspired salad is tangy, crunchy and refreshing, not to mention, EASY to make!| platingsandpairings.com

Asian Cucumber Salad with Toasted Rice Powder

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: asian cucumber salad, cucumber salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 45 kcal
This Asian Cucumber Salad with Toasted Rice Powder is ideal for summer - Light, tangy, refreshing and crunchy. Perfect for picnics and outdoor barbecues!
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Slice cucumbers in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Thinly slice into half moons.
  2. Combine vinegar, sugar and salt in a large bowl and stir to dissolve. Add the cucumber slices and stir well to combine.
  3. Toast the rice in a small skillet over medium heat, tossing constantly to prevent burning. Allow it to come to a golden color, similar to brown rice. Using a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder, process the rice grains to a coarse powder.
  4. Sprinkle the salad with the toasted rice powder and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Asian Cucumber Salad with Toasted Rice Powder
Amount Per Serving
Calories 45 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 196mg9%
Potassium 145mg4%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 72IU1%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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8 comments

  1. Pech

    Cucumbers are awesome during the summer – healthy and refreshing! I like your take here to add a little extra texture

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  2. Erin

    I have always loved those cucumber salads! I don’t know why I never thought to make them for BBQs. That is a great idea! And what fun to grow up so close to your family. That is awesome.

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    1. Erin

      It definitely was a lot of fun being so close to the family – Lots of good Italian food nearby 🙂

      Reply

  3. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    I’ve never heard of toasted rice powder – but it sounds like the perfect addition to this summer salad!

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    1. Erin

      I love toasted rice powder. It adds a great crunch with a bit of nuttiness. And most of us always have rice on hand, so it’s easy to throw in last minute too!

      Reply

  4. Jill Silverman Hough

    I’ve never heard of toasted rice powder either! I’m totally intrigued–definitely going to try this!

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    1. Erin

      I hope you love it Jill – It really does give a great crunch!

      Reply

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