A Pretty Pair of Spicy Cucumber Salads

I have an uncontrollable attraction to cucumber salads. If there were a vegetable online dating network, I would check the box stating only cucumbers need apply. Therefore, I can’t pass up trying any cucumber salad recipe I come across. There’s just something about a crunchy, chilled cucumber salad that is incomparably refreshing and satisfying in the summertime. Add some crunch with peanuts and carrots, a little heat with cayenne and jalapeños, and you’ve got yourself a permanent position in the summer salad rotation in the Anderson kitchen.
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Both salads begin the same way with one large English cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeds removed and sliced into crescents. It’s really simple to remove the seeds. Just drag a spoon down the center, scraping out all the seeds and the surrounding watery flesh.

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Spicy Cucumber Carrot Salad
Adapted from Cooking Light


3 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. canola oil
2 tsp. dark sesame oil
1 small garlic clove minced or pressed in garlic press
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 long English cucumber prepared as mentioned above
1 cup of matchstick cut carrots
1 tsp. sesame seeds

Toast sesame seeds in small skillet over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, being careful not to burn. Combine first seven ingredients in a bowl, stirring well with whisk. Add cucumber and carrots, toss well. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serves 2-4.

Cucumber Salad with Jalapeño and Roasted Peanuts
Adapted from Local Flavors


1 long English cucumber prepared as mentioned above
1 bunch scallions, including 1/2 inch of the greens, thinly sliced on diagonal
1 jalapeño pepper, seeds and ribs removed, finely diced (or less depending on your taste)
juice of 2 limes
grated zest of 1 lime
1 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauace
1 Tbsp. light brown sugar
4 tsp. roasted peanut oil
1/3 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
6 mint leaves, slivered
6 large basil leaves, chopped

Combine cucumber, scallions and jalapeño in a large bowl. Combine lime juice, zest, soy sauce, sugar and oil. Toss vegetables with dressing. Add peanuts and herbs, toss again. Serves 2-4.


3 Responses to “A Pretty Pair of Spicy Cucumber Salads”

  1. 1 Ninette July 5, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Looks delicious! I love cucumber salad too.

  2. 2 Ninette July 5, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Looks delicious! I love cucumber salad too.
    BTW I love your blog!

  1. 1 superdrupermegapuper54321 Trackback on July 21, 2009 at 9:56 am

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