This is a very simple cucumber salad made in Japanese style. Their is ginger-marinated in Mirin, giving the salad a sweet and sour taste.

How good is your guest etiquette?

I went to a birthday celebration some time ago and the host family was of Japanese descent. For the vegetarian guests, the only thing we could eat was this wonderful cucumber salad. The hosts were not being rude, they just were not informed of our dietary restrictions.

Overhead of strips of cucumber with sesame - Cucumber Salad

I have always heard that the Japanese people are one of the most humble, sweet, polite, pragmatic and respectful people. Those attributes were affirmed at this birthday celebration.

The hosts apologized profusely and even offered to order Pizza or other take-out of our choice. They couldn’t imagine us eating only the cucumber salad.

However, we politely declined as required by the unwritten rules of guest etiquette.

Were it not for these rules, I would have jumped up and demanded the pizza!!!!

The Saki was free flowing, so, many of the vegetarians were happy drinking the saki and eating the cucumber salad.

Closeup of strips of cucumber with sesame - Cucumber Salad

Guest etiquette is a very funny concept for me!

As a guest, all the etiquette protocols force you and me to say pleasant things about the host even though we don’t mean it.

Do you know how many times I have heard from my guests that I have a lovely home??

Do you know how many times I have used that exact phrase when I am a guest in someone’s home?

The answer to both questions is, “Too Many Times!”

Guest etiquette requires that particular compliment to be uttered right when the guest enters the home.

A compliment, even the most glaringly insincere ones, make the host feel special.

No matter how many times I have been a host or a guest, I am always surprised by the display of every guest etiquette protocol.

Closeup of strips of cucumber with sesame - Cucumber Salad

This cucumber salad calls for Mirin to be used. Mirin to the Japanese people is like Olive Oil to Italians. That is my conclusion.

I have seen Japanese chefs buy Mirin in bulk and go through it like water.

Cucumber salad is very simple to make. Infact, it is easily THE simplest thing I have made for my blog.

Unlike the traditional cucumber salad recipe, I actually soak ginger for about an hour in Mirin. If I can marinate it overnight, I choose that option.

P/S: have you tried my cucumber sandwich recipe?

So, what is your favorite or funny guest etiquette?

Overhead of strips of cucumber with sesame

Cucumber Salad made Japanese Style

Japanese Cucumber Salad made with mirin
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Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 2 people
Calories 84 kcal


  • 1 Japanese Cucumber Or English Cucumber
  • 1/4 cup Mirin Sub with Rice Vinegar)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt optional
  • 3 tsp sesame seeds
  • 4 slices ginger thinly sliced, peeled


  • In a small glass bottle, add the Mirin and ginger. Marinate overnight
  • Cut the cucumber in half, lengthwise
  • Using the potato peeler, create thin strips of cucumber.
  • Peel the cucumber, leaving alternating green strips.
  • Place the peels on a paper towel to soak up the moisture
  • Combine the ginger-soaked Mirin, sugar and salt and stir well.
  • Heat a pan but add no oil to it.
  • Add the sesame seeds and then toss lightly until light brown in color
  • In a mixing bowl, add the cucumber strips, Mirin mixture and sesame seeds.
  • Toss lightly using a pair of chopsticks

Serve the cucumber salad immediately


    I highly recommend the marinating of ginger and mirin


    Serving: 2gCalories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 18gFat: 1gSodium: 372mgPotassium: 41mgSugar: 11gVitamin A: 30IUVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 0.4mg
    Keyword cucumber salad, easy cucumber recipes, japanese style cucumber salad
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    1. I often give Parties and I always make sure to have a good choice of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. You never know…
      We have friends who are vegetarian, or vegan, or Muslim, so I have to cater for all of them (or not invite them, which would not be my choice)


      1. Thank you, Wilma! I am so happy to hear from you. I get wonderful comments from those who are meat lovers and you are very good at your recipes too. Not inviting a vegan or vegetarian is funny, but, you will miss having them at your party.

    2. Absolutely loved this post! Made me giggle. So many points true, but still too funny. Also really liked this simple yet so flavorful salad. I will definitely be trying it soon. Thanks so much for sharing it! I don;t know how you find the time to do all you do! So Appreciate you!

      1. Thank you so much, Laurie! You are very sweet for saying such lovely things about my blog. I love to make people giggle when they read my blog. Makes me happy! As for finding time, I was thinking the same thing about you. I see all that you do especially for the food blogging community and I am always pleasantly surprised. Keep up the good work.

      1. Thank you, Janette!!! LOL! I forgot how much you love Ginger!! You are cool! Glad you stopped by and said hello. I rarely cook with Mirin, so, this was a refreshing experience.