Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad

Total Time
1hr 32mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 12 mins

I received this via email update from America's Test Kitchen. I'm looking forward to employing some of our bumper cucumber crop on this.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring vinegar and sugar to boil in saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until mixture reduces by half, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to medium bowl and cool to room temperature.
  2. Whisk in lime juice, ginger, chile, and sesame oil. Toss in cucumbers, scallions, and basil; season with salt and pepper, and let sit for 10 minutes or up to 1 hour. Serve.
Most Helpful

Perfect for the Thai Turkey dish as a side. It's just the two of us so I used 1 cucumber and cut the marinade in half just like JanuaryBride. I also substitued lemon juice since I didn't have lime and it was very good. I didn't have fresh or whole dried red chilli peppers so I used red pepper flakes for the heat. I will keep this recipe on hand and make it again.

MtSkiLover October 29, 2013

YUM! I used 1 cucumber and then cut the marinade in half. It was delicious after sitting for only about 30 minutes. I will certainly make this again.

JanuaryBride May 02, 2012

This is definitely the best cucumber salad recipe I've ever come across -- the strong flavors are a perfect combination of sweet, tart and spicy! I kept the skin on for extra nutrients and it turned out well, although if you do the same, you should make sure you taste the skin first for bitterness (and buy organic). I substituted lime with lemon juice because that's what I had on hand and it turned out well.

khg202 September 30, 2010