Sesame Peanut Cucumber Salad

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Author Notes: It’s hard to beat an ice cold cucumber salad on a hot day. Unfortunately, they can be find very one dimensional at times. This light but flavor-rich salad was inspired by Deborah Madison’s recipe for Cucumber Salad with Chile and Peanuts from her book Local Flavors. It’s a bit fussier than your standard cucumber salad, but well worth the extra five minutes it will take you to mince some ginger and zest your lime.Bob Vivant

Serves 2-3

  • 1 large cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 large or a few small radishes, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 fresh hot red chile pepper, diced (Remove the seeds for a milder salad.)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated or finely minced
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons salted and roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • Fresh Thai basil, mint, or cilantro or a combination of them, chopped
  1. Place the cucumber slices, radishes, and chile pepper in a large bowl, toss to mix.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the garlic, ginger, lime zest and juice, rice vinegar, fish sauce, sesame oil, and honey. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the cucumbers and toss until thoroughly mixed. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to deepen.
  3. Before serving add the sesame seeds, peanuts, and herbs and toss again.
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about 1 month ago Brenda Nejedlo

Great recipe! Easy and good. I substituted some jalpenos for the red chile, as I had those on hand. Omitted the sesame seeds because I didn't have any. Man, this was yummy and leftovers were just as good the next day.


about 1 year ago MiamiMom

Wow! This was fantastic. Used regular sesame seeds, bottled lime juice (I know, I know) and didn't have time to marinate. We inhaled it. Next time I'll double it. Mmmmmmmmm.


over 1 year ago Petite fee

Love this!! very refreshing!


almost 2 years ago sumradagnoth

made this last night - super refreshing on a hot summer night in south florida!


almost 2 years ago Steven Peck

This sounds delicious and so refreshing! I have a request: Can anyone suggest a good substitute for fish sauce since my husband is highly allergic.


almost 2 years ago bugbitten

Not to be facetious, but could you be more specific about the fish sauce allergy? My wife is allergic to figs, of all things!


almost 2 years ago Steven Peck

Oh my! Never heard of that one. He's highly allergic to all things fish and seafood. Which is unfortunate, as fish and seafood are among my favorites.


almost 2 years ago bookgeekgirl

You might try a bit of soy sauce as a substitute for fish sauce. It's not exactly the same flavor profile, but it will give you a little bit of the salty/umami flavor you would have gotten from fish sauce. Or just skip it -- there are plenty of other things here to give you good flavor.


almost 2 years ago Steven Peck

Thank you! Soy sauce makes sense. I appreciate your contribution, Bookgeekgirl!


almost 2 years ago susan g

The salad makes a good crunchy spike over a boring taco filling. I added sliced onions, since we can't get through a meal without them. I'll come back to this in a more expected context. A keeper!


almost 2 years ago Cosmos

Didn't have peanuts so added a little peanut butter to mixture. Very tasty!


almost 2 years ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

Yum. Congrats on the wildcard.


over 2 years ago bugbitten

Thanks for this, I'll make it to go alongside Nasi Goren.