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Thai Cucumber Salad

Thai Cucumber Salad will wake up your mouth with amazing flavors, and it’s perfect low-carb side dish for any main dish with Asian flavors.

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Thai Cucumber Salad in serving bowl with plates, forks, salt, and pepper.

The flavors that are the trademark of Thai food work together so well in this Thai Cucumber Salad, even if some ingredients I’ve used are not authentically Thai. And this light cucumber salad is a perfect side dish for grilled meat, seafood, or tofu, and I’d also eat this as a very flavorful summer lunch. And all the flavors in this salad will definitely wake up your mouth!

If you like Thai food and cucumbers I bet you’re going to love this salad as much as I did! This is something I’ve made over and over since I first posted the recipe years ago, and I’m happy it’s getting new photos to encourage you to try it!

What Are the Flavors of Thai Cuisine?

I’m a huge fan of Thai Cuisine, which is known for dishes that contain an assortment of spicy, sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and savory (or Umami) flavors. Read more about Thai Cuisine to see how these flavors are combined in amazing dishes.

What gives this cucumber salad Thai flavors?

I’m not claiming this salad is authentically Thai, but it does have a good combination of the flavors used in Thai cuisine. The dressing for the salad has lime juice, Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or your preferred sweetener, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), and garlic, and the Umami flavor notes come from fish sauce (affiliate link). This Asian condiment (with a strong aroma but fantastic flavor) may be an unusual ingredient for some readers, but I’d never make this without it. Be sure to use Gluten-Free Fish Sauce if you need the recipe to be gluten-free. 

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • European cucumbers or fresh garden cucumbers
  • fresh mint
  • chopped peanuts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh-squeezed lime juice, I used my fresh-frozen lime juice
  • Fish Sauce, preferably Red Boat Fish Sauce (affiliate link) which is gluten-free
  • Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or other sweetener of your choice
  • Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) or other spicy hot sauce
  • garlic puree or minced garlic

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How to Make Thai Cucumber Salad:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Cut up cucumbers into bite-sized pieces. (I’ve made this with European cucumbers, garden cucumbers, and also small Persian cucumbers, and all were good. I wouldn’t use waxy cucumbers from the grocery store for this salad.)
  2. Whisk together the lime juice, fish sauce (affiliate link), Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or your preferred sweetener, Green Tabasco (affiliate link), and garlic to make the dressing.
  3. Chop the mint, or cut mint leaves into thin strips if you prefer.
  4. Combine the cucumber pieces and chopped or sliced mint in a bowl, then stir in the dressing.
  5. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  6. Top the salad with a generous amount of chopped peanuts and serve immediately.
  7. If the salad makes more than you’ll eat at one time I would prepare ingredients but refrigerate separately; then stir together as many servings of the salad as you’ll be eating!

Thai Cucumber Salad in serving bowl with plates, forks, salt, and pepper

Make it a Meal:

Thai Cucumber Salad would taste great with Sauteed Scallops with Garlic, Grilled Shrimp Skewers, Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken, Thai-Inspired Ground Turkey Stir Fry, or Sanpete County Grilled Turkey Kabobs.

More Salad Ideas with Cucumbers:

Check out Low-Carb Cucumber Salads to Keep You Cool to find 25 more interesting salads with cucumbers from Kalyn’s Kitchen! Can you tell I am a huge fan of cucumber salads!

Thai Cucumber Salad close-up photo in serving bowl with plates, forks, salt, and pepper.

Thai Cucumber Salad

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

This Thai Cucumber Salad is perfect as a side dish for any dinner with Asian flavors.


Salad Ingredients

  • 2  European cucumbers or 4 fresh garden cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup chopped or sliced fresh mint (measure after chopping)
  • 1/4 cup (or more) chopped peanuts
  • salt and pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 1/2 T Fish Sauce (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 T Monkfruit Sweetener (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. Green Tabasco Sauce (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic puree or minced garlic


  1. Cut ends off cucumbers, then partially peel, leaving thin strips of peel in stripes along the cucumber.
  2. Cut striped cucumbers in half lengthwise, then in 1/2 inch slices.
  3. Wash mint, dry well and chop coarsely or slice into strips.
  4. Coarsely chop peanuts.
  5. Mix dressing ingredients.
  6. Combine chopped mint and cucumbers in plastic bowl, add dressing and stir a few times so cucumbers and mint are completely coated with dressing.
  7. Pour into serving bowl, season with salt and pepper if desired.
  8. Sprinkle chopped peanuts over and serve immediately.
  9. If the recipe makes more than you'll eat at once, I would cut the cucumbers, chop mint, and mix the dressing but keep them refrigerated separately and toss the toss the amount of salad you want together right before serving.


I like Red Boat Fish Sauce (affiliate link), but if you can’t find that I’d look for one that says Thai Fish Sauce. Red Boat Fish Sauce is gluten-free. I would use Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) for this salad, but use your preferred sweetener. If you don't have Green Tabasco (affiliate link) use any spicy hot sauce of your choice.

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit Magazine, August 2001.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 3.1gSaturated Fat: .5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2.2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 451mgCarbohydrates: 5.5gFiber: 1.1gSugar: 2.1gProtein: 2.3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Cucumbers are a great low-carb and low-glycemic food choice, and with an approved sweetener instead of sugar, this Thai Cucumber Salad would be perfect for low-carb diet plans, as well as any phase of the original South Beach Diet. (Even if you used sugar, this still wouldn’t have that much sugar in a serving.)

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2006, and I have literally made it every summer since then! The photos were updated in 2013 and in 2021 the post was updated with more information and the photos were improved again.

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    39 Comments on “Thai Cucumber Salad”

  1. I’ll have to buy some green Tabasco. Hope it’s not too spicy. You have so many awesome looking and sounding recipes. I appreciate all the tags, too. Interesting to see all the overlaps. By the way, Red Boat is the fish sauce I use, it’s pretty good. So surprisingly useful in recipes.

    • The Green Tabasco is just a little spicy and very flavorful. I love that Red Boat Fish Sauce; agree that is really adds a lot to recipe. Hope you enjoy the salad. Glad you are enjoying the blog!

  2. I made this today and it's great…..I did make a couple of changes to it though. I don't care for mint so I left it out and added about 1/2 t. of cilantro paste to the dressing. And instead of green Tabasco I used Siracha (sp) hot sauce. It's a very tasty salad and I will be making this again and again. :). Thanks Kalyn for another winning recipe.

  3. Alyssa, if you like Thai flavors you are going to LOVE this!

  4. I love that you reppost these gems from the archives. I am going to pick up some persian cucumbers and make this as a side dish with my oven fried chicken this week – sounds awesome!

  5. Joanne, I could seriously eat this all year round!

  6. I NEVER tire of thai flavors! This sounds like such a great salad.

  7. Lindsey, thanks! Glad you liked it and it was so fun to finally meet you!

  8. I am still thinking about this salad. SO GOOD. I was telling my husband about it. I just love, love, love your recipes.

  9. So glad you liked it. I wouldn't have thought of subbing Worcestershire for fish sauce, but I can see it would work. Very smart!

  10. I made this for lunch today and served it alongside Stephanie O'Dea's "Almost Rotisserie Chicken" in the CrockPot.

    Didn't have fish sauce, so substituted Worcestershire Sauce and it was yummmmers good!!!

  11. Jasey, so glad you liked it!

  12. Stumbled onto this while looking for a fish recipe and it is SOOOOO GOOD!! Simple to make and the flavors are absolutely divine. Leftovers? I just added it all to a big salad and used as a healthy dressing! One of my new favorite recipes.

    thank you!

  13. This really looks very tempting and sure is healthy as well. Will absolutely try this salad. It looks very fresh and the combination of ingredients here makes it a very promising dish to serve even to guests!

  14. Sarah, I think your variations sound good.

    I recently made this salad and added strips of leftover flank steak that I warmed a bit in pan. I thought this dressing went well with the steak too.

  15. Thanks for the recipe! I made it last night substituting lemon for lime and added a bit of chili sesame oil. Delicious!

  16. Theresa, hope you like it!

  17. I stumbled upon your blog by chance. I love the look of your blog and the content is very good. This Thai cucumber salad looks easy to make and delicious. I shall have a go at it!

  18. Carolyn, I agree. Totally love this salad!