BEST Thai Cucumber Salad
I simply love Thai cuisine! The food creations of this spicy cooking style are second only to my favorite Italian cuisine. I’ve been so fortunate to have been able to spend a good deal of time over the course of two years in Thailand . . . and in various regions of the country too. The food is extraordinary and my memory simply cannot forget the infamous Thai Cucumber Salad.
While in Thailand, I met a wonderful woman from the university where I was working on some academic research. Both her graduate student and she literally drove me everywhere, including taking me to the best restaurants. She knew what I loved and always ordered the food off the menu for me. . . I was never disappointed with her selections. One of the lightest dishes that I went crazy over (and still do) that bursts with flavor in your mouth, is a uniquely Thai version of cucumber salad.
You can find this salad on the menus of nearly every Thai restaurant, but it will be difficult to find this particular recipe creation because from consolidating about 10 different recipes, I can claim this recipe as my own. I could literally eat the entire serving bowl of this stuff. Well actually, I do! The dressing is to die for! I hope that you try it and feel the same! PS: This is not hot or fiery at all, as are many Thai dishes. However, if you want some heat, then just add it.
Before I provide the recipe below, I wanted to point out the place mat with the embroidered pink flowers in the next picture. This dainty place mat is just one example of the native, handmade crafts that I purchased in Thailand. I’ve always loved the combination of pink and green in my gardens and even decorated my home with those colors (sometimes dominant in rooms, and other times barely there in other rooms).
The ceramic celadon plate is from Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, from the Baan Celadon pottery company. I don’t know how much of that celadon I purchased, but it is all over the house for use or for decorating accents. Celadon pottery is just exquisite! (photos are a bit old from the original posting of this recipe).
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The BEST Thai Cucumber Salad
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Additional Time: 0 hours
- Cook Time: 0 hours
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Cuisine: Thai
- Diet: VegetarianDiet
This recipe for Thai Cucumber Salad is as authentic as one can get. Inspired by all of the glorious Thai dishes and excellent Thai cooks who shared recipes wth me, this is simply the BEST Thai Cucumber Salad! Enjoy, enjoy, ENJOY!
For the Salad:
- 2 large English cucumbers, cut lengthwise in half and then slice into 1/4” thick slices
- 1/4 – 1/3 cup red onions, very thinly sliced or chopped
- 1 medium jalapeno pepper or 1 Thai red chili if you prefer true “Thai Hot” heat, seeded and finely minced
- 6 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
- 3/4 – 1 cup unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts
- 3 Tbsp. peanut oil or sesame oil
- 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp. Thai garlic chili pepper sauce (this is not HOT sauce at all)
- 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Zest of one lime
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 Tbsp. Asian/Thai fish sauce
- 1/4 tsp. white pepper
- Red pepper flakes (sprinkle on only as much as you like or eliminate for no heat addition)
First make the dressing:
- In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the salad.
- Add more of any of the flavors that you prefer, which is the true Thai way.
- Spoon onto a lovely serving plate or individual salad plates.
- Garnish with cilantro leaves and sliced limes.
- Serve with a platter of extra lime slices, red pepper flakes, chopped cilantro, chopped peanuts, Thai sweet chili sauce, sugar, salt, etc. for your guests to add more of their favorite flavors.
I am forever indebted to the University of Tennessee which supported my travels and research to Thailand for two summers. Additionally, I must thank Dr. Warunee Thanapase of Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand for the tireless amount of time that she drove me around her beautiful country sharing everything that I could soak in after our research work was complete.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 538
- Sugar: 21
- Sodium: 1219
- Fat: 37
- Saturated Fat: 7
- Unsaturated Fat: 25
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 39
- Fiber: 5
- Protein: 18
- Cholesterol: 26
Keywords: Thai; cucumber; salad
Originally posted in 2010 and updated with current photos and information in 2022
wow,it sure looks good, but is it as spicy as it sounds??
No Annie, it’s spiced ‘just right’. Let me know what you think!
Especially after looking at those chili flakes … yum!
You bet, Elra! You’ve got that right!
First, let me say what a wonderful opportunity have spent time in Thailand. In college, I had a Thai roommate and experienced some fiery wonderful food.
I have the ingredients to make this cucumber salad, I think I will, this evening.
beautiful place mats and pottery.
Mmmmmmm, looks yummy. Susan
From the beautiful place mat to the tableware to the salad, it’s all beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
Very beautiful! I too am nervous about the heat but it sounds like a refreshing, tasty dish.
that looks wickedly delicious!
Hi Anne and Sea, Oh this salad is not at all hot in terms of spicy heat. The red pepper flakes can be eliminated or decreased, but don’t worry….you don’t need to drink a cold beverage with this at all. To be on the safe side, don’t put in any red pepper flakes. The Thai garlic chili sauce is tame, tame, tame . . . but adds a wonderful flavor! Thanks for asking and I made an edit to the recipe to let everyone else who reads this, know that this isn’t spicy hot. Roz
Amazing Roz. I am always at a loss with cukes, thanks for the idea. BTW- I would double the red pepper flakes, you know I like the hot stuff!
This really dioes sound like a flavourful salad Roz. Thai is a favourite around here.
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wow fab salad also adore Thai food
We love Thai food so will try this sometime, unfortunately though our cucumber plants have finished producing this season.
What a lovely cucumber salad Roz. We eat a lot of cucumbers in our house. Your photos are absolutely amazing.
Looks delicious and refreshing. Also looks like a salad I would like to try, thanks.
Not only is it beautiful, it sounds like all of the kinds of flavors I love!! Awesome, Roz =) Thank you for sharing it with the hearth and soul hop this week!
(and p.s…you weren’t late…it is on Tuesdays)
HI Roz and thanks so much for sharing this lovely recipe on the hearth and soul hop! I also love that you shared your travels with us as well and how you fell in love with a culture, its crafts and it’s food. I adore how places have the ability to ensnare us and never let us go. My father was raised as a Greek in china and we have always felt the presence of Shaghai in every aspect of our lives. Hugs and don’t forget I will be mentioning your lovely new blog carnival on my thoughts on friday link love at a moderate life, so come by and say hi! [email protected]
That salad looks divine – my kind of thing totally, and I adore your beautiful celadon bowls.
perfect for end of summer before they get scarce! lot this!
I’m so envious of your time in Thailand – to have a personal guide to take you to the best restos sounds like a dream. It’s always good to live a dream, isn’t it? Thank you for sharing this recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop. I’ve got to try it, and soon! I’ve got one last cucumber from my garden…
This looks so refreshing and I like that it’s not loaded with sugar like mostother cucumber salads.
I love Thai food, also, especially the salads. Salty, sweet and crunchy. Yum. Your photo with the lime and peanuts is making my mouth water.
That is a beautiful place mat, so delicate… And I adore this salad, looks delicious 🙂
The pottery sets off this delicious dish perfectly! I am a thai cucumber salad lover – I will be trying this! Thanks for linking to the hearth and soul hop!
That looks delicious!
Hi, following for the friday blog hop! This recipe looks amazing. May have to take a trip to the store to pick up some ingredients! Yum
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It looks perfecly delicious.
Stopping on in to nab this recipe from the Friday Foodie blog hop! We love Thai food, too! We have a really great restaurant 25 mins. away. I want to cook more Thai though because we dont get to eat their very often.
Stop on in and link up today! I’d love for you to link this recipe up in my RECIPE Tab 2~~
This recipe looks great! I’m so glad we found each others blogs, I love coming back here! Thanks for linking up to Family Food Fridays, looking forward to seeing you next week. 🙂
must make this salad ASAP! Drool!!!!
OMG! What a great idea to make this with cucumbers! I have made something similar with spaghetti squash but man this sounds fantastic and looks so refreshing as well. Can’t wait to try it–your recipes are fantastic. I’m gonna post this one on my blog today Thanks!
I LOVE this celadon. My hubby and I purchased an entire set while vacationing in Chang Mai about 14 hrs ago. It’s all mostly gone now after being broken over the years. I have some goblets and some chop stick bolders that I’d love to sell if you’re interested. Can’t bring myself to just put them in a garage cell but they don’t match my new stuff Fro Italy. Would love to find them a proper home where they will be used and enjoyed.
Apologize for my typos above. They occurred while using my iPhone.
Thank you for posting this wonderful salad, I made it with our first cucumber harvest of the season and everyone really enjoyed it. I posted and shared the linky love on my blog: Thai Cucumber Salad on Cook Lisa Cook
Thank you so much Lisa, for such a kind compliment and I am so thrilled that your family loved my salad. It is truly wonderful and now I’ve to make it again right now, especially in these hot temps of summer!
We love this salad and ordered it every time we eat at a Thai restaurant. So happy you posted this recipe again, now I can make it! Thanks so much!
Hope you summer is going well!
Xo Anna and Liz
Thanks Anna and Liz, great minds think alike alright! We all love Thai food and cucumber salad! Perfect for summer too!
So refreshing and moreish! I have to try that dressing soon.
Let me know what you think Angie!
Fabulous salad!! I bought 3 cucumbers at the market yesterday, and needed a salad idea for tomorrow. Thanks! This is perfect!
MJ, If you enjoy Thai food, than you will certainly love this cucumber salad!