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Optimal Health Kitchen: Tiger Salad

Updated: May 6

The Perfect Year of the Tiger Side Dish!

Tiger salad is a light and refreshing Chinese recipe from the northern regions of China. The name of this salad – lao hu cai – literally translates to ‘tiger vegetable’. The fresh crunch and bright flavors of tiger salad pair perfectly with meat dishes, particularly grilled skewers, making it the perfect summer dish. And it’s bursting with summer ingredients like cucumber, cilantro, and green pepper.

Tiger salad is refreshing, crunchy, simple to make, full of flavor, and takes about 10 minutes to prepare.

Tiger Salad (Makes 2 cups of salad - serves 4 as a side dish)


  • 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped

  • ½ green pepper, sliced

  • 2 small cucumbers, julienned

  • 3 scallions, sliced into thin strips

  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil

  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar

  • 1 ½ tsp soy sauce

  • Salt (to taste)

  • Sesame seeds for serving


  1. In a medium bowl, mix chopped vegetables.

  2. Add the sesame oil slowly, adding just enough to make the cilantro leaves shine.

  3. Add the rice vinegar and soy sauce. Toss well. Taste and add salt or more oil if desired, being careful not to over dress the salad.

  4. Refrigerate 2-4 hours to let the flavors come together before serving with a sprinkling of sesame seeds.


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