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Crisp Cucumber Salsa Recipe

Crisp Cucumber Salsa Recipe

Here's a fantastic way to use cucumbers. You'll love the creamy and crunchy texture and super-fresh flavors. —Charlene Skjerven, Hoolpe, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 2 cups finely chopped cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped seeded tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • Baked tortilla chip scoops


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In another bowl, combine the sour cream, lemon juice, lime juice, cumin and seasoned salt. Pour over cucumber mixture and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately with chips. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Don't skip seeding the cucumber. If you do, you may end up with watery salad.
  • To make seeding a breeze, halve cucumbers lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the pulpy centers.
  • This is a stellar topping for simple grilled salmon.
  • Nutritional Facts

    1/4 cup: 16 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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    glue82 User ID: 1147360 252130
    Reviewed Aug. 2, 2016

    "Our family enjoyed this. Although it is not as exciting as traditional salsa, we think it is a great way to use part of our cucumber excess. I did not have any tomato or cilantro and will make this again when I have all the ingredients! ??"

    newgrandma User ID: 1077052 248858
    Reviewed May. 31, 2016

    "I thought it was okay but probably will not make it again. It needs more pizazz!"

    kkmichaelson User ID: 4570463 248837
    Reviewed May. 30, 2016

    "Delicious. I also added chopped black olives. I think it would be great on top of grilled chicken or grilled fish... especially salmon."

    melel1717 User ID: 8768688 248724
    Reviewed May. 28, 2016

    "This is just fresh, crispy & WONDERFUL... I added a small amount of thinly sliced red bell peppers and before it was on the table is was gone.... Making some more right now.... try it and enjoy...."

    katie2375 User ID: 7932133 235473
    Reviewed Oct. 23, 2015

    "Different and refreshing!"

    cherylmuellner User ID: 1012411 232689
    Reviewed Sep. 11, 2015

    "did not like this for all the work involved"

    kckamargo63 User ID: 7981779 232070
    Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015

    "I loved this salsa! So fresh and crisp!"

    Kilyena User ID: 6143949 231178
    Reviewed Aug. 13, 2015

    "I made this salsa. I increased the red onion and added 2 small cubed avocado's and doubled the sour cream/lime mixture. It was gobbled up in no time. I served it as a side with Spicy Garlic Lime chicken. It is definitely something I will be making often. My family raved about it. Thank you Charlene for a wonderful recipe!"

    Accent2010 User ID: 8317019 229639
    Reviewed Jul. 16, 2015

    "I made this salsa and it is soo good and adds a fresh cool hot yet spicy flavor to tacos, tostadas, sopes, and even over eggs and ham. I love it and so does all my family."

    rwippel User ID: 4262008 229599
    Reviewed Jul. 15, 2015

    "I wasn't too impressed with this recipe. I thought it would be fun to change things up with this "salsa" but it didn't cut it for me :("

    ipperwash67 User ID: 3730031 228771
    Reviewed Jun. 30, 2015

    "Absolutely fantastic!!!!!"

    janetlutter User ID: 8360151 228733
    Reviewed Jun. 29, 2015

    "I put this over chicken and it was delicious and healthy! My kids don't like spicy so I put a chile pepper instead of jalapeno. I think it would be great both ways."

    gcalabrese User ID: 8074561 228018
    Reviewed Jun. 16, 2015

    "Great salsa. Refreshing. Was very nicely paired with a Hendrick's Gin Martini!"

    Nessa.03 User ID: 7651380 227568
    Reviewed Jun. 7, 2015

    "Best salsa I've ever had. I make it all the time and everybody comments on how great it is. The kids even love it. I like that it's not the traditional tomatoe salsa."

    JeanneGail User ID: 3716528 164219
    Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

    "I love this salsa. But does anyone know if this can be canned?"

    Jaimesmom User ID: 7871639 168788
    Reviewed Jun. 30, 2014

    "Love it! Will make it again! I only use cilantro and lime juice."

    katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 114456
    Reviewed Jun. 3, 2014

    "I love this recipe! It's lite and easy. We also use soft tacos and use it as a little wrap. Yummy! I make it all Summer long."

    antiem1947 User ID: 7414172 210808
    Reviewed May. 25, 2014

    "Yumm-o n quick and easy ."

    Moonchach User ID: 7627277 166566
    Reviewed May. 21, 2014

    "Yummy and refreshing. Will make again for sure. You could leave out the sour cream if desired, I used kosher salt, and increased the cilantro cause I love it."

    karen8666 User ID: 4031330 99892
    Reviewed Nov. 21, 2013

    "I used regular sour cream instead of low fat. This was wonderful. Cool. Crisp, Tasty."

    seasons4 User ID: 978190 124588
    Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

    "I've made this recipe twice, and I can't stop eating it! Received many compliments from our guests."

    gpdp9207 User ID: 4066541 180746
    Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

    "I tried this last night with the veggies from my garden. I added some banana peppers and a few shakes of Mrs Dash tomato, basil, garlic season. I will make this again. Thank you, Danette"

    leesybasigs User ID: 7400151 124587
    Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

    "Ingredients only cost me about $12.00 and I have enough to make 2 more batches! This is absolutely delicious with a perfect amount of zestiness and bountiful amounts of flavor... Lots of chopping but WELL worth it!!!"

    Stampincat User ID: 6827493 98953
    Reviewed Aug. 28, 2013

    "This year I have an abundance of cucumbers and this recipe is a great change to my usual marinated cucumber salad. I was fantastic. I made it a second time and realized I didn't have a jalapeno pepper, it was still good, but missed that little added taste. Will make it over and over!"

    KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 183357
    Reviewed Aug. 28, 2013

    "I picked 32 cucumbers from my garden this morning, along with several jalapeños and red onions, then turned to Taste of Home to find a recipe to use them in and there it was - Crisp Cucumber Salsa. I made twice the recipe. I didn't have lime juice, so I doubled the lemon juice and added several packets of crystallized lime and it worked out very well. I also used a good quality Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream. Delicious! I will definitely be making this salsa again and look forward to sharing it with family and friends!"

    valanddansmith User ID: 988113 181577
    Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013

    "This was very good and very refreshing! Added the seasoning salt as directed, although it didn't really seem to fit with the rest of the ingredients. Not really sure exactly what it contributed to the dish, but I loved the salsa overall. Can't wait to finish the leftovers at lunch!"

    cheriy User ID: 6410661 99890
    Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

    "This is an awesome way to use the multitude of cucumbers. It is an awesome recipe! Couldn't stop eating it. I added more cilantro and more more jalopeno plus threw in some dry ranch mix. Yummmmmmy!"

    mreilly615 User ID: 2340136 181893
    Reviewed May. 30, 2012

    "Really good and fresh. Had this with the garden tuna pita sandwiches. Will make this again."

    mycalicat User ID: 5108137 180741
    Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

    "Light and fresh. When I served it at a party, there was nothing left. On my Do Again list."

    justmbeth User ID: 1196484 99700
    Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

    "This was a very good alternative to tomato based salsa. I added some hot sauce to add a bit of heat to it."

    carrie carney User ID: 1551037 181883
    Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

    "very good. Would definitely make this again. I served with pita chips instead of tortilla chips."

    sam28 User ID: 2843136 124586
    Reviewed Aug. 6, 2011

    "Love this recipe! Such an awesome combo of cool summer veggies with hot and spicy salsa ingredients. I regularly make salsa so I like it spicy! :) I added an extra jalapeno and garlic and substituted cayenne for the cumin cuz I don't like the flavor of cumin. It was a HUGE hit with all who tried. Definetly recommend"

    koco75 User ID: 5781120 181575
    Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

    "It was so delish! Everyone wanted the recipe. I have made over and over again. Perfect!"

    SwimCathy User ID: 4061162 99648
    Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

    "I made this for my parents and it was a big hit. I mixed all except the sour cream and ate it with chips. Then I drained it very well and added sour cream to a portion of the cucumber mixture. It was a big hit both ways. I added more onion, garlic, and salt for a little more kick in flavor."

    JCV4 User ID: 628113 98952
    Reviewed Jul. 6, 2011

    "This was a different twist on traditional salsa and went over well with the crowd I made it for. Very refreshing and was great with the scoop chips!"

    angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 181881
    Reviewed Jul. 1, 2011

    "Could not imagine eating this with chips like a salsa, but it was an excellent topping for fish tacos! The only thing I changed was to add a little extra cilantro (about 2 T total)."

    Foodisyum User ID: 5550620 124585
    Reviewed Jun. 23, 2011

    "This is a decent recipe, but I'm not a fan of how green the cilantro made it taste. I added some pepper sauce, and would add a little more red onion. It's good, but I wouldn't say it's fantastic."

    obsessedwithfood User ID: 3724663 144266
    Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

    "After reading all the reviews, I was expecting to be "wowwed". But, unfortunately, I wasn't. It was good but I must be more of a traditional tomato salsa kind of girl. I'm glad I only made half of a batch. My family wrinkled their noses and wouldn't even try it."

    carolyn5683 User ID: 3451718 164217
    Reviewed Jun. 18, 2011

    "Love cucumbers. So this was a really twist on salsa."

    bassoonmom User ID: 6050472 168784
    Reviewed Jun. 18, 2011

    "sooo good and refreshing!! A keeper recipe!"

    FREIBERG93 User ID: 1808784 124584
    Reviewed Jun. 18, 2011

    "Very easy to make! It was very cool and refreshing on a hot summer day! My 5 year old even loved it and wanted to have it for dinner!"

    Mrsproxima User ID: 955866 105317
    Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

    "It served as a refreshing side for our dinner last night. My husband and I both enjoyed it. The flavor was very fresh and cool tasting."

    vieux User ID: 4712790 144264
    Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

    "I would also strongly recommend this for fish tacos"

    vieux User ID: 4712790 114282
    Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

    "Excellent!!! I added diced avocado and used it as an alternative filling for tacos with grilled steal. Definitely a keeper and will make it again"

    aclobb User ID: 3411798 166392
    Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

    "This recipe is great!!"

    Jessica2783 User ID: 5112860 210807
    Reviewed Aug. 4, 2010

    "This is delicious! My one & only complaint about the recipe is that "the garlic is overkill"- she found it to be too garlic-y."

    postess1 User ID: 4822946 114281
    Reviewed Jul. 25, 2010

    "My husband loves this recipe and I've made it twice already. It's a great way to use up the cucumbers from the garden that seem to be growing overnight. Can't wait to make it for the next picnic."

    lenfinger User ID: 1357210 185239
    Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

    "Just made this tonight...I love the sour cream, which you don't see in a traditional salsa. But my husband and I both love sour cream, so I knew this would be a winner! It is, definitely."

    robinlaz User ID: 2813667 181879
    Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

    "It was the hit of the party - so fresh and delightful for the summer!"

    ttm524 User ID: 1398597 166390
    Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

    "This was such a delicious and excellent appetizer for our summer dinner party. I got asked for the recipe and it was completely gone by the end of the night. Great with pita chips!"

    p64pgr1 User ID: 4184347 210806
    Reviewed Jul. 10, 2010

    "I've already made this twice with rave revues. My picky teenaged nieces gobbled it up. It was great instead of dressing on a mixed-green salad. I used a little more cilantro and a bigger pepper the second time. Yum"

    Motorhomegal User ID: 2005041 114280
    Reviewed Jun. 7, 2010

    " This sound interesting....anyone with a subscription care to share, please ?  TIA

    mommakreegs User ID: 3612967 124583
    Reviewed Jun. 7, 2010

    "I thought it was just missing a little something so I just added a tbsp on italian was absolutely delicious! I would recommend making a double batch thought cause the effort I put into it, I ate almost half of it right after making it!"

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