Cucumber Salad With Magic Spice Blend

July 1, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: With a touch of spiky lime juice and a Salt Bae throw of my Magic Spice Blend, this tastes not unlike cucumbers with Tajín. Addictive, in other words. Plus, it's a three-ingredient salad when you need it the most (on busy weeknights like tonight).Eric Kim

Food52 Review: Featured in: My Lip-Smacking BBQ Ribs & the Secret Spice Blend That Makes Them Sing.The Editors

Serves: 1
Prep time: 5 min


  • 1 cucumber, sliced into medallions
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Magic Spice Blend, recipe follows

Magic Spice Blend

  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika (you can use regular sweet paprika if you don't like the taste of smoked)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed, crushed in the palm of your hand
In This Recipe


  1. On a large plate, lay the cucumber slices in a single layer.
  2. Sprinkle over the lime juice and 1 teaspoon of the Magic Spice Blend.

Magic Spice Blend

  1. Spoon all of the ingredients into a Mason jar and shake.

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Reviews (5) Questions (1)

5 Reviews

Cindy B. August 10, 2018
Has anyone tried this mix on anything else besides cucumbers?
Author Comment
Eric K. August 14, 2018
Hi Cindy, I outline in the article everything I love to put this spice blend on (ribs, chicken, salmon, etc.): Or are you talking about other fruits/vegetables? This would taste great on melon (really!). Let me know how it goes.
anna July 6, 2018
Can you use celery salt instead of celery seed? & if so how?
Mary H. August 10, 2018
I would think you could, however, you will need to adjust the kosher salt to taste.
Author Comment
Eric K. August 14, 2018
Thanks, Mary. Anna: You can! I'd use about a tablespoon of celery salt in that case. Just lower the kosher salt amount to taste, maybe even nix it completely and season the final dish w/ salt if it needs it. Some celery salts can be, well, quite salty.