Do you love Thai food as much as I do? I just can’t get enough of it! The flavors are all so fresh. And bold. And healthy (unless I lose control and order that amazing “Crack Chicken” – listed as Crispy Garlic Chicken on the menu at Buddha Ruksa). Lose control? Me?! Yep. What can I say? It’s like “crack” to me. On the other hand, I also enjoy a spicy, charred Chicken Satay with that delicious peanut sauce for dipping, little pieces of toast on the side (a Thai-style peanut butter sandwich, right?), and the BEST part – the Thai-style Marinated Cucumber Salad. I claim the whole little bowl of that delicious goodness all for myself!
Now that I’ve figured out how to do it, I make this salad several times a month. It’s a yummy and easy side dish with Spicy Korean Grilled Pork, Thai Curry Chicken, Thai Grilled chicken, or Salty, Sweet, Sticky Wings. Honestly, it’s good anytime! The cool cucumbers put out the heat of any spicy dish.
Cucumbers are readily available at most times of the year, and I use all types for this recipe, but the little Persian cucumbers I used this time are perfect! They are seedless, the skins are pleasantly edible, and *bonus*: they’re burpless (if that’s an important factor for you). I’m sure that many of you have cucumbers in the garden all ready to pick and they would be the best choice for this salad. Simply slice them up, sprinkle with salt, plop them into a bowl and top with vinegar and sweet chili sauce. I add a little red bell pepper and cilantro for color, but you can skip that if you’d like. Cool, vinegar-y, pucker-y goodness. EnJOY!
- 1 cup cucumber, sliced, per person
- Salt, to taste
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. Sweet Chili Sauce
- 1 Tbsp. Red Bell Pepper, sliced thinly (optional)
- 1 Tbsp. Cilantro, chopped (optional)
- Sprinkle the cucumbers with salt, then put them into the serving bowl.
- Add peppers and cilantro.
- Top with vinegar and chili sauce and stir to combine and coat well.
- Chill for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours, stirring every now and then to make sure the cucumbers are soaking in the dressing.