Cucumber and Wakame Sunomono

Cucumber and wakame’s contrasting textures and the sharp sweet-sour flavour of the dressing really make this easy side dish stand out!

Sunomono means vinegared thing, but generally refers to a veggie salad dressed with vinegar. The most common type of sunomono is the simple one we share in the recipe below, with cucumber and wakame. Both the cucumber and the vinegar make this dish a refreshing option in the summer heat.

Vinegar can be used with seafood, meat, vegetables, and fruit, to bring out the natural taste of the ingredients. It is central in Japanese dishes such as sushi, sunomono and namasu. People have used vinegar both medicinally and in food for thousands of years. It is clinically proven to have a number of health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol, controlling sugar intake and killing mycobacteria. So take care of your health by enjoying this yummy recipe!

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Cucumber and wakame in vinegar dressing

Servings 2 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 5 g dried wakame or 15g fresh
  • 1 cucumber
  • grated ginger to taste
  • 75 ml rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • 「PREP」If using dried wakame, soak in water for 10 minutes to reconstitute. If using fresh wakame, rinse off (fresh wakame is usually sold covered in salt) and soak for a couple of minutes.
    Rinse the cucumbers, rub salt into them, then roll on a cutting board (as if using a rolling pin) and rinse again to remove the salt. This is to help prevent the bright green of the cucumber from darkening.
  • Cut the wakame into bite-sized pieces. Thinly slice the cucumber. (If not using Asian cucumbers, which are usually seedless, cut in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, then thinly slice into half-moons.)
    Cucumber and wakame in vinegar dressing - Step1
  • Place the sliced cucumbers in a bowl, sprinkle with salt and set aside for 5-10 minutes.
    Cucumber and wakame in vinegar dressing - Step2
  • Combine the dressing ingredients in a bowl and mix well, then add the cucumber and wakame. Mix and let rest for a few minutes, top with some grated ginger to taste, and serve.
    Cucumber and wakame in vinegar dressing
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Cucumber, Sunomono, Vegetable, Wakame

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