Cucumber Mint Salad with Spicy Asian Dressing

  • serves 4

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This quick and easy dish is inspired by a common salad in Thai cooking. Like all Thai food it’s full of nicely balanced flavours. The sweetness of the cucumbers is sharpened by the sourness of the spicy dressing, which in turn is cooled by the refreshing mint.

13 Ratings
Directions for: Cucumber Mint Salad with Spicy Asian Dressing


For the Salad:

1 large cucumber

1 thinly sliced red onion

1 handful of mint leaves

For the Dressing:

1 cup of rice wine vinegar

2 heaping spoonfuls of Thai chili garlic sauce

2 heaping spoonfuls of sugar

A sprinkle or two of salt


For the Salad:

1. Thinly slice the cucumber and toss it with the red onion, mint and a generous splash of the dressing. Serve immediately or let rest for a few minutes.

For the Dressing:

1. Whisk everything together until a smooth dressing forms using an old-fashioned whisk and bowl.

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