Thai Cucumber Salad

Thai Cucumber Salad in grey bowl.

This Thai Cucumber Salad is crunchy, sweet & tangy. It’s a refreshing salad that can be made ahead of time and is perfect for the warm summer months.

What is Thai Cucumber Salad?

This fresh and delicious cucumber salad is crunchy, tangy, salty and sweet. The dressing combines lime juice, garlic, fish sauce and sugar for the perfect blend of umami flavor. And, the salad ingredients couldn’t be simpler – cucumber, red onion, jalapenos and cilantro.

If you’re eating it for lunch, you can add in some extra protein by sprinkling on some roasted salty peanuts. Or, you can serve this salad for dinner as a side dish with these Sesame Chicken Noodles or these Grilled Lamb Chops with Spicy Peanut Sauce.

Similar to this Daikon Radish Salad or this Asian Cucumber Salad, this Thai cucumber salad is the perfect accompaniment with rich, hearty dishes since it’s so light and crunchy.

How to Make Thai Cucumber Salad:

  1. Slice the cucumbers in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.
  2. Thinly slice the cucumbers.
  3. Whisk together the salad dressing ingredients.
  4. Toss together and serve.

Can I Make Cucumber Salad Ahead of Time?

  • You can make cucumber salad ahead of time. Simply store it tightly covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

How Long Does Cucumber Salad Last?

  • This salad will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. However, the longer the cucumbers marinate in the dressing, the more they’ll lose their crispness. If you would like the salad to remain crisp, plan to serve it the day you make it. Alternatively, you can mix up the dressing separately (up to 3 days beforehand) and toss it with the cucumbers right before you plan to serve.

Thai Cucumber Salad in grey bowl.

Thai Cucumber Salad Tips:

  • Use English cucumbers (also called seedless or hothouse cucumbers). They aren’t treated with a wax coating like regular cucumbers and they have less seeds.
  • Seed the cucumbers by slicing them in half and scooping out the seeds with a spoon. If you skip this step, the salad will become watery.
  • For optimum flavor, let the salad sit in the fridge for at least 20-minutes before serving so that the dressing can soak in a bit.
  • You can dress up your salad by adding in other vegetables like red peppers, carrots or radish. Also, you can sprinkle on chopped peanuts, almonds, or toasted rice powder at the end for extra crunch.

Thai Cucumber Salad in grey bowl next to bowl of rice.

What to Serve with Cucumber Salad:

Thai Cucumber Salad in grey bowl.

Thai Cucumber Salad

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: asian cucumber salad, cucumber salad, thai cucumber salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 215 kcal

This Thai Cucumber Salad is crunchy, sweet & tangy. It's a refreshing salad that can be made ahead of time and is perfect for the warm summer months.

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 jalapeno pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped or grated
  • 2 Tablespoons avocado or canola oil
  • 2 English cucumbers halved lengthwise seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the lime juice with the fish sauce, sugar, chiles, garlic and oil. 

In a large bowl, toss the cucumbers, cilantro, peanuts and onion. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Recipe Notes

    This salad will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, but the cucumbers will lose some of their crunch. For best results, serve within one day. 

    Nutrition Facts
    Thai Cucumber Salad
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 215 Calories from Fat 144
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 16g 25%
    Saturated Fat 1g 5%
    Sodium 437mg 18%
    Potassium 423mg 12%
    Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
    Sugars 6g
    Protein 6g 12%
    Vitamin A 6.6%
    Vitamin C 17.8%
    Calcium 4.5%
    Iron 4.6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    5 comments

    1. Jenni LeBaron


      This salad looks absolutely delicious! I agree with the tip about using English cucumbers, they are so much better than traditional. I love the spice level in this and the texture from the nuts.

      Reply

    2. Mary

      This sounds do delicious and refreshing. And, oddly enough, I have all of the ingredients at home right now. I know what I’m having for lunch today!!!

      Reply

    3. Mary


      This sounds do delicious and refreshing. And, funny enough, I have all of the ingredients at home right now. I know what I’m having for lunch today!!!

      Reply

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