Thai-Inspired Sweet & Tangy Cucumber Salad

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Last week when I posted my recipe for Thai-Inspired Fried Rice with Chicken I included a little teaser for this salad. I love this salad with any Thai dish, and now I know it must be a reader favorite too – I’ve received a ton of emails requesting the recipe in the past week!

This basic recipe for Thai-Inspired Sweet & Tangy Cucumber Salad is my favorite, but I’ve also seen versions that use crushed peanut, cilantro, scallion, garlic, fish sauce, lime juice, and/or crushed red pepper flakes. Feel free to experiment with it and come up with a unique version that you like best.


Thai-Inspired Sweet & Tangy Cucumber Salad
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Yield: 4 servings
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar (or you could try it with honey instead; if so, start with about half the amount)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium English cucumber, halved length-wise and thinly sliced (see note below)
  • 1 medium white onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried, crushed mint leaves (or 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint leaves)
  1. Whisk together the vinegar, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl until the salt and sugar are dissolved.
  2. Stir in the cucumber, onion, and mint.
  3. Refrigerate at least one hour (but up to four) before serving.
English Cucumber Substitution: Instead of using 1 English cucumber, you can use about 3 Persian cucumbers (or any kind of smallish cucumber that is nearly seedless). If you’re using smaller cucumbers, such as Persian cucumbers, there is no need to halve them before thinly slicing.

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