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Crisp cucumbers and juicy tomatoes come together with a simple yet spicy combination of spices. You will love this Spicy Cucumber Salad. Enjoy it as a boldly-flavored and refreshing snack, side dish, or appetizer!
Spicy Cucumber & Tomato Salad Recipe – Made in 5 Minutes
Summertime flavors are in the air. As your summer garden evolves over each week, soon being able to handpick fresh tomatoes & cucumbers, this salad will be on your table.
We have already started picking our fresh tomatoes and cucumbers from our garden and made a lovely salad. Tomatoes from the garden are simply the best.
Want to try your hand at it?
Here is a great start article from Modern Farmer – “How to Grow your own Tomatoes”
As far back as I can remember, this Cucumber Salad has been served at every barbecue or picnic my family has hosted! It has become a staple in our home. I especially love to serve it with Stacked Double Cheeseburger With Bacon.
My little Emily, at age 6, started eating this salad and had absolutely no clue I was using chili peppers in her salad. She has always eaten her entire serving. Keep in mind, that she loves fresh veggies (tomatoes are her fav).
What was shocking was she ate it. She absolutely refuses to eat anything that contains heat. I am not going to tell her what I do to make this salad amazing.
So if you are finding yourself swimming in an abundance of homegrown tomatoes and cucumber, this recipe is a must-try.
Ingredients Needed for Spicy Cucumber Salad
Whip up this Spicy Cucumber Salad whenever you want to spice up your snack of sliced cucumbers with tomatoes. It is a fun dish for get-togethers. It’s crisp, bursting with flavor, and easy to make.
- 2 large cucumbers – Sliced
- 1 large tomato – Chopped
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp sesame seeds
- 1/2 tsp red chili flakes (or use to taste)
- 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup sugar
Please note a full printable recipe with a list of an ingredient below.
This salad starts with fresh crisp cucumbers. While it’s optional, I often scrape out the seeds of the tomatoes to keep the salad from getting watery. This step is totally optional, and it’s not necessary to scrape them.
I also prefer to use my mandoline slicer instead of cutting my cucumbers with a knife. My personal preference.
Step 1 – Heat on the stove. On the stovetop, add rice wine vinegar, sugar, salt, and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan. Heat all ingredients until the sugar has completely dissolved. Mixing frequently.
Step 2 – Refrigerate. Once the sugar is dissolved, place it in a bowl in the fridge until completely cool.
Step 3 – Chop, slice, and toss to coat. Place sliced cucumber & chopped tomato in a salad bowl and coat with cooled rice wine vinegar mixture. Toss well to coat.
Step 4 – Sprinkle with spices. Top your salad with a nice sprinkling of chili flakes and sesame seeds.
Step 5 – Serve. You can serve it immediately or keep it in the fridge. The longer it stays in the fridge, the longer the sauce penetrates the vegetables.
How to Store this salad?
In the Refrigerator: The assembled salad will last in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Spicy Cucumber Salad Recipe
Anyone who loves spicy food or exciting side dishes will surely love this cucumber salad recipe.
Before You Start – Place your cucumbers in the refrigerator to cool for about 2 hours. This Cucumber salad goes well with grilled meats, burgers, fish, or just on its own!
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- 2 large cucumbers (Sliced)
- 1 large tomato (Chopped)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. sesame seeds
- 1/2 tsp. red chili flakes (or use to taste)
- 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- On the stovetop, add rice wine vinegar, sugar, salt, and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan. Heat all ingredients until sugar has completely dissolved. Mixing frequently.
- Once sugar is dissolved, place in a bowl in the fridge until completely cool.
- Place sliced cucumber & chopped tomato in salad bowl and coat with cooled rice wine vinegar mixture. Toss well to coat.
- Keep in the fridge at least 4 hours before serving.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chili flakes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 587mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g
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Other Summertime Favorite Meal Ideas
Eating out is easy, and it usually tastes delicious, but it’s expensive. Making this meal at home will save you money. Add this recipe to your weekly meal plan.