This easy Asian avocado salad is loaded with crisp cucumbers, seasoned rice wine vinegar and flavorful furikake rice seasoning. It comes together in minutes an is one of my fav easy no-cook salads of all time!
What is this Asian Avocado Salad with Cucumbers and Furikake?
Get excited because this Asian Avocado Salad is a fusion of flavors that'll have you saying, "O-M-G, GIMME MORE!"
Bright, creamy avocados join forces with the crunchy freshness of cucumbers, providing a playground of texture that's as pleasing to the palate as it is to the eye.
But wait, it gets even better.
The real magic lies in the sprinkling of furikake — a savory, umami-packed Japanese seasoning rice spice blend of sesame seeds, dried seaweed, and other flavor bombs — that takes this salad to a whole new level of yum.
It's all then tossed in a light, tangy seasoned rice wine vinegar that'll make your mouth water before you even take your first bite.
Serve it up as a side, a cool lunch, or the star of your dinner party — because trust me, this Asian Avocado Salad with Cucumbers and Furikake is so darn tasty it can handle the spotlight!
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Persian Cucumbers - These are the small, short cucumbers that you can find at most grocery stores. Their skin is super thin and they barely have any seeds which makes them perfect for this recipe!
- Salt - Salt is salt - substitutions here.
- Sugar - White sugar works best but you could use another form of sweetener (palm sugar, coconut sugar, agave, etc) as long as that's what you prefer!
- Avocado - Avocado is the star of the show but you could absolutely add hearts of palm, baby corn, or any other crispy, pourous veggie of your choice.
- Furikake - This Japanese seasoning rice spice is one of my favorite things to use in salads and slaws. It's so flavorful and adds so much depth and texture. If you don't have it, you can leave it out or swap it for some crispy chili oil if you like spice.
- Toasted Sesame Seeds - Furikake has sesame seeds but I like to add extra! You could leave it out if you don't have them on their own.
- Seasoned Rice Wine Vinegar - The seasoned rice wine vinegar is slightly sweetened which makes it perfect for this dish. If you use regular rice wine vinegar, you might need to add another pinch of salt of it's too "punchy".
How to make it
Making this easy asian avocado salad is super easy!
First, add cucumbers, salt and sugar to a bowl and toss.
Let it sit for 3 minutes or so then add cubed avocado, furikake, toasted sesame seeds and seasoned rice wine vinegar.
Toss it all together and season once more with sugar and salt if needed.
Best if enjoyed right away.
What goes with Asian Avocado Salad with Cucumbers and Furikake
They also go really nicely with my soy sauce marinated drunken eggs.
For more tasty asian inspired recipes, try this sesame crusted ahi tuna tacos with sesame slaw, tiktok viral sweet chili salmon sushi cups, sweet chili salmon sushi bake, or my singapore street noodles.
Frequently asked questions
What is japanese seasoning?
Furikake, my friends, is a delightful Japanese seasoning that's like savory sprinkles of goodness! With its delightful medley of dried fish, sesame seeds, chopped seaweed, and various spices, it jazzes up your plate, making any humble rice dish, egg, veggie or ramen bowl sing with flavor!
What should I use a a furikake substitute?
Oh honey, are we out of furikake? No need to stress! Dive into your pantry and grab some sesame seeds, nori, a little dash of salt, and why not some bonito flakes for that umami kick? It's like DIY magic, you're not just cooking, you're creating your very own furikake substitute! Go on, unleash your inner chef!
Is Furikake vegan or vegetarian?
Traditional Furikake often plays the flavor field with ingredients like dried fish, so not always vegetarian or vegan. But hey, there are plenty of veg-friendly versions out there too - just check the ingredients and make sure it aligns with your plant-based lifestyle!
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Asian Avocado Salad with Cucumbers and Furikake
- Add cucumbers, salt and sugar to a bowl and toss.
- Let it sit for 3 minutes or so then add avocado, furikake, and seasoned rice wine vinegar.
- Toss it all together and season once more with sugar and salt if needed.
- Best if enjoyed right away.