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Crunchy Apple Cucumber Salad with Miso and Sesame

By Chef Devan


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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 apple cucumber salad 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.

Crunchy apple cucumber salad with miso and sesame on a plate.

What to Pair with the Apple Cucumber Salad?

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 apple 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.  

Crunchy apple cucumber salad with miso and sesame on a plate.
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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.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 45kcal
Cost $5/4€


  • 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


  • Peel the cucumbers into a stripe pattern. Cut into small cubes as shown.
    Cutting the cucumbers on a board.
  • 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.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together for the dressing and blend in a food processor or whisk in a bowl thoroughly.
    The finished miso dressing in a bowl.
  • Toast the sesame seeds on a sheet tray for about 8 minutes @ 190°C/375°F
    Toasting the sesame seeds on a 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!
    Crunchy apple cucumber salad with miso and sesame on a plate.


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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