Refreshing Crunch: Cucumber and Wood Ear Mushroom Salad Recipe

Cucumber wood ear salad


Dive into the world of refreshing salads with this Cucumber and Wood Ear Mushroom Salad. Bursting with crisp cucumbers and the unique texture of wood ear mushrooms, this salad is a delightful balance of flavors and textures. Follow this simple recipe to create a light, healthy, and utterly delicious dish that’s perfect for any occasion.


For the Salad:

  1. Cucumbers: 2 large, thinly sliced
  2. Wood Ear Mushrooms: 1 cup, rehydrated and thinly sliced
  3. Red Bell Pepper: 1, thinly sliced
  4. Carrot: 1, julienned
  5. Fresh Cilantro: A handful, chopped
  6. Sesame Seeds: 2 tablespoons, toasted (for garnish)

For the Dressing:

  1. Soy Sauce: 3 tablespoons
  2. Rice Vinegar: 2 tablespoons
  3. Sesame Oil: 1 tablespoon
  4. Honey or Maple Syrup: 1 tablespoon
  5. Fresh Ginger: 1 teaspoon, grated
  6. Garlic: 2 cloves, minced
  7. Salt and Pepper: To taste


1. Prepare Wood Ear Mushrooms:

  • Soak dried wood ear mushrooms in warm water until rehydrated.
  • Thinly slice the rehydrated mushrooms.

2. Slice and Prep Vegetables:

  • Thinly slice cucumbers, red bell pepper, and julienned carrots.
  • Chop fresh cilantro.

3. Toast Sesame Seeds:

  • In a dry pan over medium heat, toast sesame seeds until golden brown. Set aside for garnish.

4. Create Dressing:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, honey or maple syrup, grated ginger, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

5. Assemble the Salad:

  • In a large salad bowl, combine sliced cucumbers, wood ear mushrooms, red bell pepper, and julienned carrots.

6. Dress the Salad:

  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently until all ingredients are well coated.

7. Garnish:

  • Sprinkle chopped fresh cilantro and toasted sesame seeds over the salad.

8. Chill and Serve:

  • Refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld.
  • Serve chilled, garnished with additional cilantro and sesame seeds if desired.

9. Enjoy the Crisp Delight:

  • Relish in the refreshing crunch and unique textures of this Cucumber and Wood Ear Mushroom Salad.
  • Perfect as a side dish or a light meal on its own.


This Cucumber and Wood Ear Mushroom Salad is a celebration of freshness and simplicity. With vibrant colors, varied textures, and a harmonious dressing, it’s a dish that brings joy to your palate and a touch of elegance to your table. Create this salad to elevate your dining experience with every crisp and flavorful bite.