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There is something about food made by a grandmother that makes it taste at least 10x better than food made by anyone else. My Grandma Anna makes a simple but special cucumber salad that we all love! She doesn’t understand why we make it big deal about it, but more than just the taste, it’s the memories. When we were little we would drive to upstate NY to visit Grandma Anna and after a day of cross-country skiing in the Adirondacks, she would make us potato soup, cucumber salad or veggie lasagna.

Japanese Cucumber Salad

This is my Grandma Anna! She is teaching me how to make her cucumber salad. This recipe has been adapted from Grandma Anna’s original to add a little Japanese flavor.

Japanese Cucumber Salad


  1. Slice cucumbers into paper thin slices. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine salt, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar (optional) and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Serve at room temperature. Enjoy! Tastes great as a light side dish for a stir fry, sushi or spring rolls.

To make Grandma Anna’s original:

  • Eliminate soy sauce and sesame oil. 
  • Use white vinegar in place of rice vinegar.
  • Add sugar (to taste)

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