Spicy Asian Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Cilantro

I was serving some Asian tacos for dinner and wanted a fresh and healthy side dish with a kick. I adapted a recipe I found on Food and Wine to suit our tastes. This salad was flavorful, crunchy, sweet, and spicy and we all loved it. My son thought it was spicy but ate every bite and I loved the crisp cucumbers with a kick and felt  it paired nicely with the tacos. My daughter and husband loved this salad and fought over the last of it.

Combine the vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper together in a bowl. Whisk well. Add the cucumber,grape tomato slices, cilantro, and serrano chile slices into the bowl. Gently toss to coat evenly. Let sit for 10 minutes for flavors to mingle tossing every once in a while. Enjoy.

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Spicy Asian Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Cilantro

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 min.

Ingredients:

Vinaigrette:

4 tbsp sweetened rice vinegar
1 tbsp white sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp ginger, minced
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Salad:

1 long English cucumbers, sliced thinly
4-5 grape tomatoes, sliced thinly
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
1 serrano chile, sliced thinly

Directions:

Combine the vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper together in a bowl. Whisk well. Add the cucumber,grape tomato slices, cilantro, and serrano chile slices into the bowl. Gently toss to coat evenly. Let sit for 10 minutes for flavors to mingle tossing every once in a while. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Inspired by Food & Wine

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13 Responses to “Spicy Asian Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Cilantro”

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    Kris — July 8, 2014 @ 10:17 pm

    Looks good! I am a wimp with spicey, so I would have to make it a little less.
    Loved reading about your vacation in Idaho. Nice!!!!!!
    XO Kris

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    lenia — July 8, 2014 @ 10:36 pm

    What a refreshing salad!

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    Marjie — July 9, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

    I love cucumber salads, especially with tomatoes!

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    Carol at Wild Goose TEa — July 9, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

    This is perfect for a spicy meal accompaniment—-definitely refreshing.

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    Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine — July 9, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

    This looks fantastic Pam. I wouldn’t even need the tacos to go with it. I love super fresh tasting healthy salads like this, yum!

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    John@Kitchen Riffs — July 9, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

    I like this, a lot. We often make a cuke and tomato salad for dinner in the summer, but don’t often use Asian flavors in it. We should — this is so nice. Thanks.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — July 10, 2014 @ 2:13 am

    My kind of every day salad, Pam..fresh and very appetizing!

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    Jovina Coughlin — July 10, 2014 @ 5:42 am

    Very refreshing cucumber salad and I can use some of my jalapenos. You have me intrigued though – what are Asian tacos?

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    Kim in MD — July 10, 2014 @ 10:29 am

    My MIL has a huge garden, and it’s bursting with cucumbers and Sweet 100 and yellow pear tomatoes (as well as yellow squash, zucchini, and peppers). This will be a delicious recipe and I’m sure it’s amazing with the Asian tacos!

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    grace — July 10, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

    this is a particularly delightful cucumber salad!

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    Heather @ My Overflowing Cup — July 10, 2014 @ 3:39 pm

    I love that you added a spicy kick to this salad. Pinning this one – thanks!

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    Joanne — July 12, 2014 @ 5:40 am

    I don’t even really like cucumbers, but I seem to be OBSESSED with marinated cucumber salads lately! Can’t wait to try this.

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    celyn — July 30, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

    yum! loving the sound of this combination, i’m obsessed with cilantro so i love discovering recipes that use it! thanks for sharing!

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