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Thai Cucumber Salad

This cucumber salad with crunchy peanuts in a sweet, tangy and spicy Thai-inspired dressing is full of bold, vibrant flavors.  An easy 10-minute side dish!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings


For the dressing: 

  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

For the salad:

  • 1 large English cucumber washed and thinly sliced (about 4 cups sliced)
  • ½ cup sliced green onions about 2 green onions - green and white parts
  • cup chopped salted peanuts


  • Whisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.  Set aside.  
  • Place sliced cucumbers, green onions and peanuts in a medium bowl and gently toss to combine. 
  • Drizzle with dressing and toss again to combine and coat with dressing.
  • Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.


  • I prefer this served within a few hours of preparing, but it can be made and served up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Increase or decrease the amount of crushed red pepper according to your personal taste.
  • Delicious additions include chopped avocado, seeded and diced jalapeno, shredded carrots and chopped fresh cilantro.