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Thai Cucumber Salad with Roasted Peanuts

May 4, 2013

I often have a difficult time deciding what to do with cucumbers because unlike many other vegetables, they’re only served raw. Plain green salads topped with cherry tomatoes/cucumbers/onions/croutons are pretty boring to me at this point, and it seems like many of the ways I’ve come across to use them are simply variations on that theme. I do have a good recipe for a creamy dilled cucumber salad, but I don’t always have sour cream or fresh dill on hand. So I was pretty excited when I came across this recipe in Bon Appetit’s Fast Easy Fresh cookbook!

The Thai/Vietnamese flavor combination of lime, fish sauce, mint, and peanuts is a perfect accompaniment to crisp cucumbers, and besides the cucumbers themselves, most of the ingredients are staples in my pantry or fridge. This delicious salad is also super easy and fast to make, so it’s perfect if you need a healthy last-minute dish to pass at a potluck and want to bring something a bit more unusual than a basic tossed salad.

Thai cucumber salad

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1/4  cup fresh lime juice
  • 1½  tablespoons fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
  • 1½  tablespoons sugar
  • 1½  tablespoons minced seeded jalapeno chile (about 1 large)
  • 2  garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½  English cucumbers, halved, seeded, and thinly sliced
  • 3/4  cup sliced red onion
  • 3  tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3  tablespoons coarsely chopped lightly salted roasted peanuts

Directions

  1. Whisk lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, jalapeno, and garlic in medium bowl.
  2. Place cucumbers, onion, and mint in large bowl. Add dressing and toss to coat. Season salad to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with peanuts and serve.

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