Thai Cucumber Salad

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Yield: 4 cups

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This salad is a staple at Thai restaurants. A light, refreshing combination for summer meals, it's quick and easy to put together, and perfectly complements barbecued meats or curries. You can make the dressing ahead and keep it in the frige, and mix up a batch as you need it.

Thai Cucumber Salad

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Yield: 4 cups
Published: 06/02/2010

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sweetened chili garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Salad

  • 3 cups (1 Euro-style) cucumber, unpeeled and sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup sliced sweet or red onion
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • all of the marinade

Garnish (optional)

  • fresh mint or cilantro leaves
  • chopped peanuts

Tips from our bakers

  • Sweetened chili sauce is more liquid, translucent and sweet than sambal, with flecks of chili pepper seeds and skin throughout. It's an excellent brush-on sauce for grilled chicken or meats. Maesri is the brand we've seen most often; its label is yellow-orange and says "Sweet Chilli Sauce".
  • Cucumbers look nice when they're "striped" with your peeler; peel a strip, leave a 1/2-inch strip of the skin intact, and peel another strip all the way around. When the cucumbers are cut they look like flowers.

Directions

1) For the marinade: Combine the sugar and vinegar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, just until the sugar melts. Remove from the heat and stir in the chili sauce and salt. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

2) In a medium bowl, combine the cucumbers, onion, and pepper. Add just enough marinade to cover the vegetables, stir, and chill for 1 hour before serving. Garnish with fresh mint or cilantro and chopped peanuts if desired.

Nutrition information

Serving Size: 1/2 cup, 131g Servings Per Batch: 8 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82 Calories from Fat: 2 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 464mg Total Carbohydrate: 21g Dietary Fiber: 1g Sugars: 18g Protein: 1g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.

Reviews

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  • star rating 07/15/2010
  • Rita Horn from Westhampton MA
  • This was marvelously refreshing during the current heat wave, esp with the addition of mint and Thai basil from my garden,and some lime juice. Gluten can really weigh you down in a heat wave. There are coops in Brattleboro and Northampton that might carry your mixes. They offer a discount to members for buying a case at a time. Stop and Shop also has gluten free foods in the natural foods section.
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