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Cold Cucumber Noodle Salad with Watercress, Mint and Toasted Sesame-Ginger Dressing - BoulderLocavore.com

Cold Cucumber Noodle Salad with Watercress, Mint and Toasted Sesame-Ginger Dressing

The cool hydrating effect of this cucumber noodle, watercress and mint salad is irresistible in any season. It's perfect for a light, low calorie meal or as a refreshing side salad. The warmth of Toasted Sesame Oil is delivered without much added to the dressing; just enough to add flavor but not to overtake the delicate cucumbers.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword cucumber mint salad, cucumber noodle salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 large main dish salad or 2 side salads
Calories 298 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 2 cups Spiralized Cucumber Noodles* (aproximately 1 large cucumber) using 1/8-inch 3mm noodle blade
  • 1/2 cup Watercress , chopped or torn into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup fresh Mint leaves , chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup Sliced Almond
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

Ingredients for the Toasted Sesame-Ginger Dressing:

  • 1 teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Rice Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed juice of Mandarin Orange (also known as Clementines or Cuties)
  • 2-3 thin slices of fresh Ginger Root (sliced across the knob, 1/8 inch thick)
  • Small pinch of Kosher Salt


  1. Place half of the spiralized cucumber noodles on a layer of paper towels to dab any excess moisture. Place a second paper towel on top, the remaining noodles and top with paper towels. Allow to sit while you make the dressing.
  2. Combine the toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, mandarin orange juice and ginger root in a small bowl. Allow to sit for 20 minutes. Press down on the ginger slices with a dining spoon a few times during the soaking to extract more flavor.

To assemble the salad:

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the cucumber noodles, watercress, and mint. toss together. Note: due to the texture of the noodles it may work best to toss with your hands.
  2. Add the sliced almonds and mix into the noodles.
  3. Place noodles in desired serving vessels (bowls or plates) for one large main salad or two smaller salads. Remove the ginger slices from the dressing and drizzle some of the dressing evenly over the salad(s). Serve chilled and immediately

Recipe Notes

*To prepare cucumber noodles without a Spiralizer, try this method. Additionally I purchased a vegetable slicer intended for green papaya at an Asian supermarket for around $5 which could be an option.

Nutrition Facts
Cold Cucumber Noodle Salad with Watercress, Mint and Toasted Sesame-Ginger Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 792mg23%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 1210IU24%
Vitamin C 20.7mg25%
Calcium 179mg18%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.