These Miso Gochujang Cucumber Pickles take almost no time to make and are perfect for a quick meal. The natural juice from the pickles makes a flavorful sauce that is delicious tossed with soba noodles as a cold noodle salad.
The other day after I got home from a meeting, I opened the refrigerator and found hardly a scrap of leftovers. I was starving so a quick and easy lunch was in order.
Soba noodles are my go-to for lunch when there doesn’t seem to be anything to eat. They take just 6 minutes to cook once the water has come to a boil. That’s just enough time to make these Miso Gochujang Cucumber Pickles. You really can’t go wrong with this combination – two fermented bean products that have tons of flavor.
The best part of this salad is that the cucumbers let out their natural juices as they sit in the marinade, so you’ll have a flavorful sauce to toss with the soba noodles.
After the soba noodles are done, be sure to rinse them in cool water well so they don’t stick together. Top with some of these cool and spicy cucumber pickles, and lunch will be ready in no time.
Miso Gochujang Cucumber Salad
- 4 cups thinly sliced seeded cucumbers
Miso Gochujang Sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium light miso
- 1 tablespoon gochujang
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 scallion minced
Mix together all Miso Gochujang Sauce ingredients in a bowl. Toss with cucumbers and serve.
Inspired by Cooking Light.
Kumar's Kitchen says
This is a real quick and delicious meal to make,loved the instant sweet tart cucumber pickles,they make the soba noodles all the more refreshing,we would love trying out this pickle with other things too,terrific recipe 🙂
Thanks Kumar – I’ve been having fun with quick pickles this summer. They’re so refreshing and easy to make.
Totally pinned….this looks wonderful Jeanette 🙂
Thanks Marla ~ lots of umami going on in these pickles.
Helene D'souza says
I am always looking for quick and easy recipes such as your dish here Jeanette. Need to tr it soon! Have a nice weekend =)
Judy Moses says
I’ll look for some gochujang and will try this!
Judy, you can find gochujang in most Asian stores. Whole Foods might also carry it.
Cucumbers and soba sound divine, especially in this heat and humidity. Lovely blog, Jeanette!
Thanks for stopping by Nik! Yes, this is a great hot weather dish – quick to come together so less time in the kitchen.
Alyssa (Everyday Maven) says
Those cucumbers sound amazing Jeanette!
Thanks Alyssa – super easy and delicious!
Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says
So quick and easy! I love his recipe…quick AND healthy! When, we’re really busy, this is what we need. Thanks so much for sharing, girl. 🙂 Pinning tonight! xo
Thanks Stacy – appreciate you sharing this – it is a really quick, easy and healthy meal + it’s packed with flavor.
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says
Gochujang — totally new to me. Putting this on my shopping list!
Lydia – you have to try gochujang – I think you’ll really like it. Sweet and spicy, it’s great in stir-fries, marinades, dipping sauces.
i am going to have that for lunch.
Hope you like it – it’s so easy to make.
Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com says
Thank you for helping me learn something new today – before I stumbled on your recipe, I had not heard of Miso Gochujang! gorgeous pictures!
Shashi, hope you have a chance to try miso and/or gochujang. They are great ways to add umami and saltiness to dishes at the same time.
Gomo | cHow Divine says
Love this Jeanette! This is a great summertime dish!
Thanks Gomo – loving all the summer produce and cold noodles
I’ve been hankering for a noodle salad…and your yummy cukes look like the perfect topping!
Thanks Liz – I eat cold soba noodles a lot during the summer so this easy pickle was a great way to switch things up.
Since I have a crazy schedule, I am always looking for a quick and easy meal. The flavors sounds amazing
I apologize, I hit send and I wasn’t done with my comment:-p
We can get loads of cucumber at our farmers market, so that is perfect! Yum, Hugs, Terra
Terra – I’ve been getting lots of cucumbers in my CSA Box the last couple of weeks, so we’ve been eating them almost every day. I was trying to mix things up a bit by making a quick pickle that’s a little different than most.
Angie@Angie's Recipes says
A really wonderful meal…both soba and cucumber pickles are wholesome, though I have never thought of putting them together.
I can’t eat the noodles but I’d sure love to try the pickles!
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says
That pickles definitely looks divine! Droooool 😀
Thanks Kiran! I’ve been making lots of quick pickles this summer.
The cucumbers are delicious!
Juliet, so glad you enjoyed these! Thanks for letting me know.