Cucumber Wasabi Dressing Recipe

Step into a world of bold flavors with our Cucumber Wasabi Dressing Recipe, a seamless blend of the refreshing coolness of cucumber and the sharp zest of wasabi. This recipe, inspired by the rich culinary traditions of Japan, is perfect for those seeking to add an exhilarating twist to their dishes. With just a handful of ingredients and a few simple steps, you can whip up a dressing that's not only tantalizing to the taste buds but also a delightful addition to your healthy eating repertoire. Perfect for drizzling over salads or as a unique dip, this dressing is a testament to the magic that happens when contrasting flavors meet. Let's prepare to elevate your meals with this light yet profoundly flavorful concoction, where every bite is a nod to the sophisticated balance of Japanese cuisine.
read time
1 minutes


Prep Time
5 minutes
Active Time
15 minutes
Total Time
20 minutes
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- 1 medium cucumber, peeled and seeded
- 2 tablespoons prepared wasabi
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- Salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil


Step 1 - Prepare the Cucumber

Grate the cucumber finely and squeeze out the excess water with a cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer.

Step 2 - Blend

In a blender, combine the grated cucumber, wasabi, rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil. Blend until smooth.

Step 3 - Emulsify

With the blender running on low, gradually add the olive oil until the dressing thickens slightly and is well combined.

Step 4 - Season

Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt, if necessary.

Step 5 - Serve

 Use immediately or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

What Is Wasabi?

Wasabi is a plant native to Japan, part of the Brassicaceae family, which also includes horseradish and mustard. It's most famously known for its root, which is grated into a green paste and used as a condiment in Japanese cuisine, particularly with sushi and sashimi. Wasabi has a unique cultivation process, often grown in water-rich environments, which contributes to its distinct flavor and rarity outside Japan.

What Does Wasabi Taste Like?

Wasabi offers a powerful, pungent flavor that is both spicy and slightly sweet. Unlike the heat from chili peppers that lingers and builds in the mouth, wasabi's intensity hits quickly and dissipates just as fast, targeting the nasal passages more than the tongue. Its sharp, clean heat is accompanied by a subtle earthiness, providing a unique taste experience that enhances rather than overwhelms dishes it accompanies.

Where can I buy Wasabi?

Great question – check out our marketplace where you can buy Wasabi directly from foragers and cultivators.

Learn more about Wasabi Root here.

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