Immune Boosting Crunchy Cucumber Salad

Crunchy cucumber salad

Salad doesn’t have to be boring any more. This crunchy cucumber salad has an asian sweet’n’sour edge to it that will make your taste buds dance.

It goes with meat and fish alike and is a prefect accompaniment to a BBQ. I also like to have it as a side salad to my spicy thai noodles.

Cucumber wards off dehydration, combats heat, increases energy levels, assists with weight loss and contains vitamin K, C, A and B-6. The use of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar will assist with digestion and good gut health, plus it boost your immune system. The cloud ball that you can see in the apple cider vinegar is called ‘the mother’ and it is ‘the mother’ that gives the vinegar its probiotic quality.

Crunchy Cucumber Salad


Serves 2 as a side salad

  • 5 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar (choose raw, unfiltered ACV that has ‘the mother’ in it)
  • 2 Tablespoons rice malt syrup or maple syrup
  • Juice 1/2 orange
  • 1 teaspoon tamari
  • 1 cucumber, peeled/cut into thin ribbons
  • pinch pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon sesame seeds


  1. Heat a frypan and dry toast your sesame seeds until they are lightly golden, then set aside.
  2. In a bowl combine apple cider vinegar, rice malt syrup, orange juice, tamari and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning – if too sweet add more vinegar if too tart add more orange juice.
  3. Add the cucumber ribbons to the bowl and stir to combine.
  4. Leave to marinate for 10 minutes or so, then drain away nearly all the sauce.
  5. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve.

Time Saver Tip

  • This recipe also works well with carrot and courgettes (zucchini).
  • Add some pan fried prawns for a tasty and quick entree.
  • This salad makes a great addition to my spicy Thai noodles.

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