Spicy Cucumber Salad With Peanuts

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

Try this Thai-inspired salad with chicken or fish. The sugar in the dressing balances the heat of the red pepper. From Cooking Light. (Prep time doesn't include 1 hour for cucumber to drain).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the cucumber slices in a colander; sprinkle with salt. Toss well. Drain 1 hour.
  2. Place cucumber slices on several layers of paper towels; cover with additional paper towels. Let stand 5 minutes, pressing down occasionally. Rinse and pat dry.
  3. Note: Salting the cucumber removes moisture so they'll be more crisp in the salad.
  4. Combine vinegar, water, sugar, and pepper in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook until reduced to 1/3 cup (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat; cool. Stir in onion.
  5. Combine cucumbers and vinegar reduction in a medium bowl; toss well. Sprinkle with peanuts.
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5 5

Loved this so much, will be making it lots. thank you

5 5

Wow the first bite was sweet and then the heat hit Wow. Made as written and the cucumbers were so cool and crispy which was a wonderful contrast to the sweet and hot dressing . Love the peanuts on top. This is a great side and would also make a great pot luck dish. Thanks so much for the post.

5 5

I am so glad I stumbled upon this recipe before my cucumbers went bad! This recipe is very unique and I will definitely make it again. I did make several changes due to the fact that some of the ingredients weren't on hand- instead of just peanuts, I mixed crunchy peanut butter with a bit of lime juice and soy sauce, and ended up with a creamy thai-esque sauce. Very good!