Sunomono Salad, A Refreshing Cucumber Salad

Sunomono Salad

I love Sunomono Salad. Like so many Japanese dishes, the simplicity of the carefully chosen ingredients allow the main one to shine. In this case the main ingredient is cucumber. Somehow a simple dressing of rice vinegar, sugar and tamari, tart and sweet, elevate the cucumber into something more. In a  sunomono salad, cucumber somehow seems to become even more crisp and refreshing.

Sunomono Salad
Sunomono Salad

After a slow start, cucumbers are coming on fast and furious in my garden. Every time I look, there’s a new one to pick. I like using them in my morning smoothies, so I am managing to keep up with them, but just barely.

Did you know that cucumbers are not only a refreshing summer snack, but are super healthy and nutrient packed as well? If you are interested, check out Cucumbers: Health Benefits, Nutritional Content, and Uses, to find out more.

I have a spiralizer, but never really intended to do a post with it, just because I’m a bit of a rebel when it comes to trends. This is a trend that could have staying power though, because unlike some, it’s a healthy one. I’ve used mine with zucchini and carrots, so when cucumbers got me thinking sunomono salad, I brought it out. I found that this device was perfect for making this salad, eliminating the noodles. And it was effortlessly fun spinning out these beautiful cucumber noodles.

We didn’t miss the noodles. Sunomono salad is all about that cucumber, so, my take on this dish is about that lovely vegetable, (although really, it’s a fruit) and how this recipe elevates it and celebrates it. I like to have all of the ingredients chilled, because, you want to serve this salad immediately. So make the dressing ahead of time, and put it, along with the cucumbers, into the fridge until you plan to eat it.

For even more cucumber goodness, try making Tzatziki.

Sunomono Salad

Sunomono Salad

How To Make Sunomono Salad

5 from 1 vote
Sunomono Salad
Sunomono Salad, A Refreshing Cucumber Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Spiralized cucumber "noodles" make this simple Sunomono Salad light and refreshing.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Japanese, Vegetarian
Keyword: Cucumber, rice vinegar, tamari
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 42 kcal
Author: Colleen
  • 2 long English Cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp tamari sauce you can substitute soy sauce
  • lemon slices for garnish
  1. If you have a spiralizer, use it, otherwise, use a cheese grater or a vegetable peeler to turn your cucumbers into noodles, or ribbons.
  2. Put vinegar, sugar, and tamari into a jar with a lid and shake until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Divide cucumber into bowls.
  4. Pour dressing over each bowl.
  5. Garnish with lemon slices and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Sunomono Salad, A Refreshing Cucumber Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 42
% Daily Value*
Sodium 255mg11%
Potassium 230mg7%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Vitamin C 4.2mg5%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Sunomono Salad


Sunomono Salad

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16 thoughts on “Sunomono Salad, A Refreshing Cucumber Salad

  1. I looooove sunomono salad. It’s amazing how something so simple can taste so refreshing and delicious. The cucumber noodles are such a great twist!

  2. I love simple, fresh salads like this and can’t seem to get enough cucumbers lately! I’ve just pinned the recipe and can’t wait to try it. Thanks, Colleen!

  3. Simple and perfect! I looooove sunomono, but I don’t make it often enough. I think it’s one of those dishes you have to make over and over again to figure out exactly where your perfect balance between sweet and sour lies. I’m quite interested in your noodle-free interpretation here! Going to have to give it a shot.

  4. I just picked an enormous bag of ‘surprise’ cucumbers from my garden yesterday. I was thinking of making a fattoush-like salad, but this would be an excellent option, too!

  5. I always order sunomono when I go to Japanese restaurants. Love the idea of using cucumber. It’s so easy and refreshing, I should have made them at home ! Thanks for the recipe !

  6. I think I might try this…I’ve made this simple cucumber salad before but it’s so much fancier when you spiralize it!

  7. This looks delicious and incredibly refreshing Colleen! Perfect for a hot summers day. I’m condo living at the moment but plan to have a home and garden in my future very soon….I can’t wait to have fresh from the garden cucumbers to enjoy for this recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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