Crisp & Spicy Cucumber Salad Recipe
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Crisp & Spicy Cucumber Salad Recipe

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Rice vinegar, sesame oil and cayenne create a sweet-hot Asian flavor that will light up your taste buds! —Alivia Dockery, Jensen Beach, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + marinating
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + marinating
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 small English cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 serrano or jalapeno pepper, seeded and thinly sliced, optional
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon each salt, garlic powder and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • Optional toppings: minced fresh cilantro, chopped peanuts and additional sliced green onion

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup (calculated without toppings): 96 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 51mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In a small bowl, mix marinade ingredients, stirring to dissolve sugar. Pour over vegetables; toss to combine. Refrigerate, covered, 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. Serve with a slotted spoon. Top as desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Crisp & Spicy Cucumber Salad in Taste of Home June/July 2013

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waynepat User ID: 1352809 254345
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016


rwippel User ID: 4262008 240694
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

"This is such a great, fresh side. I love to serve this along side Asian-inspired dishes."

mollymay4 User ID: 6481847 231222
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2015

"made without the jalepenos but was still too hot for my taste. Otherwise delicious and will make again. love the variety of veggies in this salad. Very colorful presentation."

Orbs User ID: 7287623 153026
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2014

"Delicious. I served this on individual lettuce leaves. I used Champagne vinegar, and added 2 TBS of sweet chili sauce instead of the soy sauce. I chose chopped peanuts for my topping. Thank you, Alivia, for this tasty recipe."

annrms User ID: 2649709 119769
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

"Very attractive salad! Cool and crisp taste in spite of the spice! Definitely a keeper."

Pinfox User ID: 7678446 125989
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"Made this for a lunch party and everyone raved about it."

kvandes User ID: 5211117 188523
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"Very refreshing. Loved the sweet asian inspired dressing. I added some grape tomatoes to it and omitted the onion. Will keep this for next summer's cook outs."

pconrad2009 User ID: 4089028 140831
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

"unique blend of flavors. refreshing and crisp. hint of hotness with cayenne and jalapenos"

janeenj User ID: 7132464 119766
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2013

"easy, fast and healthy. I made it using my new spiral mandolin and it made the salad much more fun to eat. Excellent & cooling with fresh farmer's market cucumbers. Spicy dressing is a good twist on an old standby. Loved it!"

ahmom User ID: 3426126 119764
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013


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