Easy Summer Salad Recipe with Goya

IMG_5852_1Summer is in full swing, so cool things down with a healthy summer salad featuring seasonal ingredients.  Today’s recipe is a simple salad made from goya, onion, and cucumber.  It is great as a side dish and can be scaled to feed a crowd.  I made this dish for the after party of our undokai and it went over great.


  • 1 Goya
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1/2 onion
  • Dressing (sesame seed dressing is suggested)
  • salt
  • About 1 tbsp mayonnaise


Cut the ends off your goya, then slice it in half along the length.  Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and the membrane holding them.  Use a mandolin to slice the goya thinly.  Use extreme caution when using a mandolin as the goya may not work well with a guard.  You may find it easier to bend the goya together to slice.  Alternatively you can use a knife but the slices will be thicker.  Place the sliced goya in a solution of salt and mayonnaise.  This will help draw out some of the bitter flavor from the goya.  Let the goya sit about 5 minutes.  Remove the goya and strain and rinse it.  Keep the salt water for the cucumber.  Place the goya in the refrigerator to cool

Use a peeler to remove about half the cucumber skin in strips. Cut the ends off and use a mandolin to slice the cucumber at the same thickness as the goya.  Place the cucumber slices in the salt water to rest about 5 minutes then drain, rinse, and place in the refrigerator.

Use the mandolin to slice half an onion.  Combine the drained vegetables in a bowl.  Add dressing (a mayonnaise based dressing rather than an acidic dressing will help balance against some of the more astringent flavors in the salad).  I used the popular sesame seed dressing found in any Japanese store.  Serve and enjoy.

Scaling: This recipe is one serving, but you can easily turn this into a side dish for a party as I did in the video above.  Simply keep the same ratio of 1:1:1/2.  If you use a mandolin you will probably not be able to utilize the entire vegetable amount safely. Leave the ends to protect you hands and use them in a different recipe.