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Radish and Cucumber Salad with Peppers and Thai Basil

If you get radishes from the Farmers Market, this Radish and Cucumber Salad with Peppers and Thai Basil is a fun way to use them! Check out the Salads Index to find more recipes like this one.

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Radish and Cucumber Salad with Peppers and Thai Basil

If you were paying attention yesterday you might have predicted something with radishes was coming today after I visited the Salt Lake City Farmers Market and came home with three kinds of radishes. I love the spicy flavor of radishes, and they were tasty in this Radish and Cucumber Salad with Peppers and Thai Basil. But if you’re not going to the Farmers Market, just use radishes from your favorite store.

Radishes for Radish Salad

Do you have any idea how many kinds of radishes there are? I was quite amazed at all the varieties, and apparently these are Purple Plum radishes or Plum Purple Radishes, depending on who you ask. Whatever you call them, they’re delicious, large, and mild radishes with great crispness and a pleasant flavor. I’d definitely buy them again. They were perfect for this salad, which was slightly adapted from a recipe made by the bubbly Rachel Ray on the Food Network. This is a salad for people who love the sharp, licoricey flavor of Thai basil, so if you’re not excited about that flavor you might want to substitute cilantro or mint for the basil.

Radish and Cucumber Salad with Peppers and Thai Basil

More Salads with Radishes:

Crunchy Chopped Salad with Gorgonzola and Radishes from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Easy Broccoli and Radish Low-Carb Salad with Gorgonzola from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Asian Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Radishes and Edamame from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cilantro-Lover’s Low-Carb Leftover Chicken Salad from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Radish and Cucumber Salad with Peppers and Thai Basil

If you get radishes from the Farmers Market, this Radish and Cucumber Salad with Peppers and Thai Basil is a fun way to use them!


  • 3-4 large Purple Plum radishes or 8-10 regular red radishes (original recipe called for white radishes)
  • 3 small cucumbers
  • 1 red bell pepper (or use half red, half yellow like I did)
  • 20-40 Thai basil leaves (or use regular fresh basil)

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 2-3 T sweetener of your choice
  • 2 T peanut oil or other mild flavored oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Aleppo pepper or 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (or use your favorite hot sauce, use more or less to taste.)
  • sea salt, to taste


  1. Wash radishes, cut in fourths lengthwise, then slice into thick slices. Wash cucumbers, cut off ends, cut in half lengthwise, then cut into thick slices. (You may need to peel them if you use cucumbers from the store.) Cut ends off red pepper, remove seeds, then cut into short strips.
  2. In large mixing bowl with a lid, combine rice vinegar, sweetener or sugar, and oil and whisk together. (I find that some brands of rice vinegar are much more tart than others, so I’d start with less sweetener or sugar and add more until it tastes sweet enough to you.)
  3. Add desired amount of Aleppo pepper, Cayenne, or hot sauce to dressing and mix well. (Again, add and taste until it tastes as hot as you want it.)
  4. Add cut radishes, cucumbers, and peppers to dressing and mix well. Refrigerate for an hour or two.
  5. Just before serving, wash basil leaves and chop coarsely or tear. Add basil to salad, mix to combine, season with sea salt if desired, and serve immediately.


Recipe was adapted slightly from this recipe on the Food Network.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Radish and Cucumber Salad with Peppers and Thai Basil is a great dish for low-carb diet plans, and for any phase of the South Beach Diet. Use an approved sweetener for the dressing if you’re limiting carbs.

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13 comments on “Radish and Cucumber Salad with Peppers and Thai Basil”

  1. I must admit…I hate radishes but I open enough to try them anew. This salad might actually to the trick to balance the spicy-ness of a radish. I’ll buy some radishes & give this a go!

  2. EMWK, so glad you liked it. Cucumbers are so great. I especially love the ones from the garden, but they’re a long ways off still.

  3. Wow! That cucumber salad woke up my mouth and had me singing in Thai! And yes, those baby cucumbers are great! Thank you for that yummy recipe! (Big Hugs)

  4. EMWK, don’t you just LOVE those baby cucumbers. Try this recipe if you like Thai food. It’s one of my favorites for cucumbers.

    Toni, keep hearing about those radishes with butter and salt! Well, actually doesn’t just about anything taste good with butter and salt?

    Maria, thanks. I did like this picture. (I know, I’m so critical sometimes of my own photos. But some of them really do stink.)

  5. What wonderful colors in this salad. Your picture is perfect!

  6. I adore radishes. My mom used to eat them with butter and salt – very French! This salad looks lovely and very refreshing – thanks!

  7. I have those baby cucumbers in my fridge just waiting for your recipe links. Thanks:)

  8. Crystal, I think radishes are a requirement in the CSA boxes this time of year.

    Katie, you need Costco so you can get those great baby cucumbers. Ok, I’d give up Costco to live in France, and that’s saying something!

    Christine, I LOVE radishes!

    Chigiy, hope you like it.

    My space layouts: I agree, everything about radishes is great.

  9. Yum ! Summer radishes – I LOVE the color.

    I almost do radishes like wine – smell – observe color – then taste!

  10. The dressing sounds yummy. I have some of the ingredients in my frig right now. I think I’ll make something close to it tonight.

  11. Lovely salad Kalyn. Aren’t radishes just great?
    Thanks for the link! 🙂

  12. I love all the summer radishes. I just can’t get into the big black ones the French are so fond of. I suppose I should try – next year.
    Never thought of pairing them with cukes – but I live by my garden and they’re not in season together…

  13. This is so perfect Kalyn! Not only am I back to blogging and checking out others’ sites, we’re also getting our first crop share of the season tomorrow. It will surely have some radishes in it!


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