Wake-Up-Your-Mouth Thai Cucumber Salad
This Wake-Up-Your-Mouth Thai Cucumber Salad is perfect as a side dish for any main dish with Asian flavors, and with approved sweeteners it’s low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, South Beach Diet friendly, dairy-free, and gluten-free with the right ingredient choices. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
I’m a huge fan of Thai Cuisine, known for dishes that contain a balance of spicy, sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and savory (or Umami) flavors. I love how the many flavors work together so well in this Wake-Up-Your-Mouth Thai Cucumber Salad, even if some of the ingredients I’ve used are not authentically Thai. This light cucumber salad is a perfect side dish for grilled meat, seafood, or tofu, but I probably eat this most often as a quick main-dish salad for a very flavorful summer lunch.
The dressing for the salad has lime juice, Stevia In the Raw Granulated Sweetener (or your preferred sweetener; use sugar if you don’t care about it being sugar free), Green Tabasco sauce, and garlic, and the Umami flavor notes come from fish sauce. 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.
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.) Whisk together the lime juice, fish sauce, Splenda or sugar, Green Tabasco, and garlic puree to make the dressing. You can chop the mint, but my mint leaves were quite large so I sliced them into chiffonade strips. Combine the cucumber pieces and chopped or sliced mint in a bowl, then stir in the dressing. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Top the salad with a generous amount of chopped peanuts and serve immediately. (This salad doesn’t keep very well, but you probably won’t have any leftovers!)
More Salad Ideas with Cucumbers:
Cucumber and Avocado Salad with Lime, Mint, and Feta from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Thai Cucumber Salad from Cookin’ Canuck
Tomato, Cucumber, and Radish Salad with Yogurt and Tahini Dressing from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Wake-Up-Your-Mouth Thai Cucumber Salad
This Wake-Up-Your-Mouth Thai Cucumber Salad is perfect as a side dish to compliment a main dish with Asian flavors.
- 2 European cucumbers or 4 fresh garden cucumbers or mini Persian cucumbers
- 1/2 cup chopped or sliced fresh mint (measure after chopping)
- 1/4 cup (or more) chopped peanuts
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 T Fish Sauce (see notes)
- 1 1/2 T Stevia In the Raw Granulated Sweetener, Splenda, or sweetener of your choice, or use sugar
- 1 tsp. green Tabasco sauce
- 1 1/2 tsp. garlic puree (sometimes called ground garlic in Asian food stores)
- Cut ends off cucumbers, then partially peel, leaving thin strips of peel in stripes along the cucumber.
- Cut striped cucumbers in half lengthwise, then in 1/2 inch slices.
- Wash mint, dry well and chop coarsely or slice into chiffonade strips.
- Coarsely chop peanuts.
- Mix dressing ingredients.
- Combine chopped mint and cucumbers in plastic bowl, add dressing and stir a few times so cucumbers and mint are completely coated with dressing.
- Pour into serving bowl, season with salt and pepper if desired.
- Sprinkle chopped peanuts over and serve immediately.
- This doesn’t keep well; the taste of the mint completely overtakes the other ingredients if it’s refrigerated overnight, so make as much as will be eaten right away. (It might work to cut the cucumbers, chop mint, and mix the dressing and keep refrigerated for a few hours, but toss the salad together right before serving.)
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit Magazine, August 2001.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Cucumbers are a great low-glycemic food choice, and with the substitution of an approved sweetener instead of sugar, this Wake-Up-Your-Mouth Thai Cucumber Salad would be perfect for any phase of the South Beach Diet, as well as other types of low-carb and low-glycemic diet plans. (Even if you used sugar, this still wouldn’t have that much sugar in a serving.)
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