Asian Cucumber Salad

Do you have a restaurant you go to where you always order the same dish?

I have a lot of restaurants like this especially a particular Thai restaurant. I just love Thai food and the menu at this restaurant has a lot to choose from.

Cucumber salad

A coworker and I always got Thai food over our lunch break.  I walked in saying I was going to try something new but when it came down to it I got the same thing. The lunch special (spicy basil chicken) with a small little chicken soup and an Asian Cucumber Salad.  I could never move past this combination due to the fear that whatever I ordered just wouldn’t live up to it.

Now back to that Asian Cucumber Salad. I  crave salads a lot and this one of those. I recreated it at home because it seemed easy enough, healthy and I knew my husband wouldn’t touch it (he hates cucumbers) so I would have it all to myself! 😉

Cucumber Salad

This recipe is very similar to the one I get at my favorite Thai restaurant thanks to Alice at Savory Sweet Life. I added 1 jalapeno to my salad for a little extra spice but feel free to leave that out. I just love the crunch of cucumbers and how refreshing this salad is.  The spice and sweetness mix perfectly together.

Asian Cucumber Salad

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Serves: 4

A sweet and spicy Asian cucumber salad is refreshing and the perfect amount of crunch.
  • 1 large cucumber peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup of rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp. of thai chili garlic sauce
  • pinch of salt
  1. In a microwavable bowl add rice vinegar, sugar, chili garlic sauce, and salt.
  2. Heat the bowl in the microwave for 40 seconds.
  3. Stir the vinaigrette until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  4. In a medium size bowl add the cucumber, carrot and red onion.
  5. Pour vinaigrette over the cucumber mixture and toss until the salad is coated in the vinaigrette.
  6. Cool in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.
  7. Garnish with the jalapenos.

Recipe from Savory Sweet Life

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  1. Beth Blacksin says

    Julia: i’ve always wanted to make this but didnt know how to get the sugar/vinegar sauce to work. I’ve got farmer’s market cukes, so thx for posting. Beth

    • Julia says

      I hope you like it! This sugar/vinegar sauce wasn’t as sweet as the Thai restaurant but I still really liked it. You could do more sugar if you prefer a less vinegar vinaigrette. Enjoy!!

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