Spicy Cucumber Salad

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My assignment for this month’s secret recipe club was to make something from a new-to-me blog: Cookaholic Wife. Nichole clearly enjoys cooking and baking all sorts of recipes, but this healthy cucumber salad caught my eye right away.

spicy cucumber salad

This recipe is really easy, and it’s such a flavorful way to prepare cucumbers. Nichole adapted her recipe from this Korean cucumber salad, and I went ahead and adapted it a bit more.

A mandoline makes light work of slicing the cucumbers thin (I use this one), but you might prefer to just cut your cucumbers into bite-size pieces. Seedless cucumbers would be great here, but I used the standard variety. I forgot to add the toasted sesame seeds, but do think they’d make a nice addition.

I used spring onions from our garden which are a little different from traditional green onions/scallions, but you can feel free to use whatever type is available to you.

I really enjoyed this, and look forward to making it again when I have homegrown carrots and cucumbers from my garden. Thanks to Nichole for turning me on to this great summer salad (which coincidentally is a perfect side dish for the Get Grillin’ with Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin’ Canuck, sponsored by Ile de France Cheese, Rösle, Emile Henry, Rouxbe and ManPans).

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Adapted from Cookaholic Wife
Serves 2


  • *2 medium cucumbers preferably homegrown or organic, peeled and thinly sliced (I used a mandoline to slice my cucumbers)
  • *1 carrot peeled and sliced into thin discs (I used a mandoline for this)
  • *1-2 tablespoons minced green onion bottom parts only
  • *2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • *2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • *2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • *1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • *a splash of tamari or soy sauce or a pinch of sea salt
  • *1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds for garnish- optional


  • 1. Place sliced cucumbers in a medium bowl. Allow to rest for 10 minutes or so, then pour off any liquid that's been exuded from the cucumbers.
  • 2. Toss in the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Chill before serving, or enjoy at room temperature.

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  2. Love this sweet and sour version of refreshing salad! Happy to be a part of SRC and get to know you :) You have a lovely space and am off to browse your recipes.

  3. I love cucumbers, the husband, not so much. For that reason, I dont do much with cucmbers. This recipe, however, is calling to me. The hubby can find some leftover side dish and I will be enjoying this one soon. I love the addition of maple syrup to sweeten it up.

  4. What a delicious sounding recipe with all those veggies. I never would have thought to add maple syrup. I’d love to try some of that yummy salad.
    PS- I host a recipe swap every Wednesday and I’d love to have you if you get a chance.

  5. What a colorful salad, Winnie. I love it when healthy, tasty dishes are also pretty to look at. Thanks so much for sharing it in our Get Grillin’ event!

  6. This looks great! I can’t wait to start making a lot of fresh salads with all my veggies from my CSA bags. Great pick for SRC :)

  7. Perfect timing for me Winnie. I just got a delivery of organics Friday so now I’ve got the cucumbers, carrots and green onions and was JUST wondering what to do with a bit of abundance. This actually!

  8. Love this. I always have an abundance of cucumbers once my garden really gets going. I love using them this way! Thanks!

  9. This looks amazing. My cucumber vines are going nuts right now with tons of baby cucumbers, so I’m going to need all the cucumber recipes I can get. I can’t wait to try this one.

  10. Before I even started reading, I looked at the photo and thought, “Oh, that looks like Kim Chi! Yum!”. Kim Chi type salads are sooooo good for digestion. We love them ’round these parts. Beautiful photos.

  11. This is the second such salad I’ve seen recently, however, the addition of lime juice and maple syrup looks like it’d add a very unique flavour. I’ve got to try it!

  12. Winnie, great choice for this month’s Secret Recipe Club! I love Korean cold cucumber salad and this version sounds delicious!