Randy Mayor; Mary Catherine Muir
4 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)

Try this Thai-inspired salad with chicken or fish. The sugar in the dressing balances the heat of the red pepper. Salting the cucumber slices draws out some of the moisture, so they're especially crisp in the salad.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place the cucumber slices in a colander; sprinkle with salt. Toss well. Drain 1 hour. 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.

Step 2

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 vinegar reduction from heat; cool. Stir in onion. Combine cucumbers and vinegar reduction in a medium bowl; toss well. Sprinkle with peanuts.

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Ratings & Reviews

Outstanding Salad

May 21, 2018
I made this salad as a counterpoint to a Korean beef kalbi entree. The salad was excellent; bright and crispy with only a hint of spicy heat. I followed the recipe exactly with one exception: extra peanuts! My wife is not a big cucumber fan, but even she said that the salad was outstanding. Thank you for posting such a great recipe.

TBardallis's Review

August 17, 2009
Made this tonight with some of the 8 million cucumbers we have coming out of our garden right about now. It was DELICIOUS! My husband really liked it too. I will definitely be making this again and I wouldn't change a thing.

lauraleeanders's Review

August 22, 2010
Perfect with Thai food and a great way to get a (or two) serving of vegetables. I have returned to this recipe numerous times.

Noblefir75's Review

March 21, 2011
I absolutely love this dish. I make this a lot during the spring/summer months. Must try!!!

harrietlynns's Review

January 06, 2009
Excellent side dish for a thai dinner. I served it with chicken and pork sates and sticky rice. I made the recipe as written and would not change anything.

dmloss's Review

March 29, 2011
This recipe was excellent! I didn't make any modifications. I will definitely make again.

GayleR's Review

August 25, 2010
This tastes pretty good but was a lot more work than my standard cucumber recipe. I probably won't make it again.

Hachsnack's Review

August 07, 2014
This does take more time, but my favorite cucumber salad.

tara31's Review

November 20, 2010
I've been making this side dish for years. It's simple and tasty - always a hit!

robinarroyave's Review

October 08, 2012
I've made this recipe many times, and it always turns out great. It's an excellent salad to pair with "Broiled Tilapia with Thai Coconut-Curry Sauce".