Thai Cucumber Salad

Thai Cucumber Salad

This Thai Cucumber Salad is so easy to make! Bold flavored, Asian inspired ingredients come together to make a light, crunchy and delicious salad.
Fresh vegetables and a delicious Asian inspired dressing make up this easy Thai Cucumber Salad. Healthy, simple and flavor packed, this salad is more than just a side dish!

Refreshing cucumber, bold red onion, crunchy peanuts, spicy thai chilies and herbaceous cilantro are mixed with a homemade Thai dressing that really packs a punch and makes this salad anything but boring!

Thai flavor
If I had to pick one Asian cuisine over another, Thai would win every. single. time. Simple ingredients, bold flavors, it’s the best of the best! I adore Thai food and because I love it so much, I always try my hand at making and learning more about the great flavors the cuisine has to offer. Which is how this recipe came to life!

overhead shot of all the ingredients needed to make thai cucumber salad

Ingredients
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SALAD
Cucumbers – I used English cucumbers, sliced 1/4″ thin.
Onion – Red onion, halved and sliced 1/4″ thin.
Peanuts – I used roasted peanuts, crushed.
Cilantro – Freshly chopped!
Thai Chilies – Sliced thin. *These are optional for a little added spice!
DRESSING
Sesame Oil – You can use either toasted or regular!
Lime Juice – I used freshly squeezed!
Fish Sauce – This really adds to the flavor of the salad.
Garlic – Fresh is best! Minced.
Sugar – Plain ol’ granulated!
Salt – To taste.
detailed process shots showing how to make thai cucumber salad

How to make Thai cucumber salad
Combine Ingredients: Add the salad ingredients to a large salad bowl, reserving 1 tbsp of the crushed peanuts.
Make Dressing: Whisk the dressing ingredients together until the sugar dissolves. Pour the dressing into the salad bowl and toss well to coat.
Garnish & Serve: Garnish with the reserved peanuts and serve immediately.
Make it in advance
You can make this salad the night before and let it sit in the fridge overnight allowing the cucumber to soak up all of that delicious dressing. I wouldn’t recommend making this salad too far in advance because the cucumbers could become soggy – you still want that nice, crisp crunch!

thai cucumber salad garnished with peanuts and thai chilies

Additions
Looking for more oomph? Want to use up some of those forgotten ingredients in your fridge? This salad can be amplified by adding a few different ingredients. Try these out for some inspiration:

Broccoli
Grated Papaya
Corn
Bean sprouts
Snap Peas
Bell pepper
Crispy Wontons
Chickpeas/ beans
Apple
Pear
overhead shot of thai cucumber salad freshly made in a white plate with a wooden spoon inside

What to serve with your salad
This salad is a great option to serve as is for a light meal, snack or even a healthy lunch! If you want to make it a full dinner, I would recommend pairing this dish with my Baked Thai Salmon or Crockpot Thai Chicken – to really add to the Thai inspired flavors!

In reality, you can really serve this awesome salad with anything your heart desires, it’s THAT good!

Leftovers
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or transfer leftovers to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for 2-3 days.

THAI CUCUMBER SALAD

This Thai Cucumber Salad is so easy to make! Bold flavored, Asian inspired ingredients come together to make a light, crunchy and delicious salad.
INGREDIENTS
Salad
▢2 English cucumbers sliced 1/4″ thin
▢½ red onion halved and sliced 1/4″ thin
▢⅓ cup peanuts crushed, roasted
▢¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
▢1-2 Thai chilies sliced thin, optional
Dressing
▢2 teaspoon sesame oil toasted or regular
▢2 tablespoon lime juice
▢3 tablespoon fish sauce
▢1 clove garlic minced
▢1 ½ tablespoon sugar granulated
▢¼ teaspoon salt or to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine Ingredients: Add the salad ingredients to a large salad bowl, reserving 1 tbsp of the crushed peanuts.
Make Dressing: Whisk the dressing ingredients together until the sugar dissolves. Pour the dressing into the salad bowl and toss well to coat.
Garnish & Serve: Garnish with the reserved peanuts and serve immediately.
RECIPE NOTES
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or transfer leftovers to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for 2-3 days.
Nutrition Information:
Serving: 1servingCalories: 140kcal (7%)Carbohydrates: 14g (5%)Protein: 5g (10%)Fat: 8g (12%)Saturated Fat: 1g (6%)Sodium: 506mg (22%)Potassium: 344mg (10%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 8g (9%)Vitamin A: 225IU (5%)Vitamin C: 10mg (12%)Calcium: 40mg (4%)Iron: 1mg (6%)