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Crisp & Spicy Cucumber Salad Recipe

Crisp & Spicy Cucumber Salad Recipe

Rice vinegar, sesame oil and cayenne create a sweet-hot Asian flavor that will light up your taste buds! — Alivia Dockery, Parker, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + marinating YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Crisp & Spicy Cucumber Salad

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Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

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

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."

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."

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

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

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

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

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."

Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

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

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!"

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013


Reviewed Jun. 23, 2013

"So good I've made it twice in the past week. Addictive! It's my new summer favorite."

Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"Hot summer evening? Refresh yourself w/this! Great for garden time and the spices are just right! Didn't change a thing. Husband wants leftovers tonight! Very, very good."

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