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Thai Cucumber Salad

This Thai Cucumber Salad is light, crunchy and so delicious. Crisp cucumbers are mixed with thinly sliced red onion, fresh cilantro and mint, green onions, chopped peanuts and sesame seeds. The sweet rice vinegar dressing is the perfect finishing touch to this cucumber salad. 

Thai Cucumber Salad in glass bowl.

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THAI CUCUMBER SALAD

Thai recipes are among my favorite type of food. This Thai Cucumber Salad is similar to one from my favorite thai restaurant.

I knew I had to recreate it at home and share it with you guys.  The nice thing about this salad is that is it so easy to put together. This can come together in under 10 minutes.  

It makes a great side dish to your favorite Thai meal, the perfect summer side dish to bring to a get together or a healthy option for lunches.

One of my favorite vegetables is cucumbers. I love the crisp crunch that it cucumber adds to salads. 

Some other salads that I love that use cucumber are this Persian Tomato Cucumber Salad, Cucumber Tomato Yogurt Salad, Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Capers, Tomato Cucumber Feta Quinoa Salad, Asian Cucumber Salad and this Kale Cucumber Tabbouleh.

I also love using cucumber in this Quick Korean Cucumber Kimchi, Cucumber Hummus Bites and these Smoked Salmon Cucumber Appetizer Bites.

Today’s Thai Cucumber Salad would also be great as a topping to beef or shrimp tacos, an addition to a rice bowl or served alongside salmon. 

Thai Cucumber Salad ingredients.

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED FOR A THAI CUCUMBER SALAD:

This salad uses simple ingredients and is so easy to make!

ENGLISH CUCUMBERS 

RED ONION

GREEN ONIONS

FRESH CILANTRO

FRESH MINT

CHOPPED PEANUTS

SESAME SEEDS

THAI CHILIES {OPTIONAL}

FOR THE SALAD DRESSING:

RICE VINEGAR

GARLIC

LIME JUICE

RICE VINEGAR

HONEY 

Thai Cucumber Salad in a pottery bowl.

HOW TO MAKE THIS ASIAN CUCUMBER SALAD RECIPE

This delicious salad is so easy to put together. You can have it on the table in under 10 minutes which is so nice.

Start by adding the cucumber slices, green onions, red onions, cilantro, mint, peanuts, sesame seeds and optional Thai chiles into a large bowl. Set aside.

Thai Cucumber Salad ingredients in a bowl.

Then in a small bowl or mason jar, stir dressing ingredients all together until well mixed.

Thai Cucumber Salad dressing in a bowl.

Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss.

Garnish with extra cilantro and peanuts and serve at room temperature.

Serve or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Thai Cucumber Salad ingredients in a glass bowl.

WAYS TO MODIFY THIS THAI CUCUMBER SALAD

BEANS: Bean could be a nice addition to this salad and would add protein. Try chickpeas or white beans for a delicious addition. 

VEGETABLES: If you want to add more vegetables to this salad try snow peas, green beans, carrots, celery, radish or bell pepper. 

FRESH HERBS: I always think fresh herbs take salads to the next level. I used cilantro and mint in this salad. You could also adding parsley, dill or Thai basil. 

SPICES: Spices can help add flavor to this salad. Some good spices would be red pepper flakes, oregano or ginger powder.

GREENS: I like to add greens to salad. Some options would be arugula, spinach, kale or a mixed greens blend. 

GINGER: I love fresh ginger and it is a nice addition to this cucumber salad. You can use freshly grated ginger which I always think tastes better than ginger powder. 

FISH SAUCE: Another nice option that you can add to the dressing is fish sauce. It won’t be a vegetarian salad so be aware of that if you want it to be vegetarian. 

SESAME OIL: If you like a nutty flavor in your Thai dishes try adding sesame oil in place of extra virgin olive oil

Thai Cucumber Salad with peanuts.

WHAT TO SERVE THIS CUCUMBER SALAD WITH?

THAI ROASTED PUMPKIN SOUP

EASY THAI VEGETABLE GREEN CURRY

THAI TURKEY LETTUCE WRAPS 

SPICY THAI BASIL CHICKEN STIR-FRY

EASY THAI PORK STIR-FRY

THAI COCONUT ZOODLE SOUP

Thai Cucumber Salad with logo.

 

Thai Cucumber Salad in glass bowl.

Thai Cucumber Salad

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Thai Cucumber Salad is light, crunchy and so delicious. Crisp cucumbers are mixed with thinly sliced red onion, fresh cilantro and mint, green onions, chopped peanuts and sesame seeds. The sweet rice vinegar dressing is the perfect finishing touch to this cucumber salad. 

Ingredients

  • 2 english cucumbers, halved, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsps. sliced green onions
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/3 cup peanuts, chopped
  • 2 tsps. sesame seeds
  • 2 Thai chilies {sliced thin}, optional

FOR THE DRESSING

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsps. honey
  • 2 tbsps. lime juice
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Instructions

    1. Add the cucumbers, green onions, red onions, cilantro, mint, peanuts, sesame seeds and optional Thai chiles into a large bowl. Set aside.
    2. In a small bowl or mason jar, stir dressing ingredients all together until well mixed.
    3. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss.
    4. Garnish with extra cilantro and peanuts.
    5. Serve or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Notes

You can add crushred red pepper for extra spice.

If you like fish sauce you can add 1 or 2 tsps. of that to the salad for extra flavor.

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