Sweet & Spicy Cucumber Salad

★★★★★ 3 Reviews
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By Rhea Altamura
from Brooklyn, NY

I started making these for cookouts. By request, I now make them year-around. Some people prefer them crispy (short marinade period). After a couple of days, they're more akin to pickles (great on burgers).

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Sometimes you just need a quick salad for dinner and this sweet & spicy cucumber salad is the answer. Very tasty, it's made with ingredients you may have on hand. The salad is slightly spicy with coolness from the mint. The cucumbers stay nice and crisp. Zesty rice vinegar brings all the flavors together perfectly. A fantastic summer side dish.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
serves 4-5 as a side dish
prep time 15 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients

  • 2 lg
    cucumbers (peeled or unpeeled but washed) or 1 English cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 1 - 2 clove
    garlic (optional, depending on your garlic preference)
  • 1 sm
    handful fresh mint leaves (chopped) or 2 teaspoons dried mint leaves
  • 1/2 tsp
    red pepper flakes (add more if you prefer spicier)
  • 1/2 c
    seasoned rice wine vinegar
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How To Make

  • 1
    In a large bowl, combine cucumbers, garlic, mint leaves, and red pepper flakes. Toss in the bowl to distribute evenly. NOTE: Sometimes I stripe-peel my cucumbers, using a potato peeler. This means that I leave strips of skin for more texture.
  • 2
    Add rice wine vinegar. Toss again.
  • 3
    Cover bowl and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. (I place mine in a large plastic storage bag until serving time.)
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