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Thai Cucumber Salad With Sweet And Savoury Dressing

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A sweet and savoury dressed Thai cucumber salad topped with crunchy roasted peanuts.

You’ll love the Asian flavours in the simple dressing that brings this entire recipe to life.

Ontario has the best cucumbers available at local farmer’s markets throughout the summer.

Even better is if you’ve got a green thumb and enjoy vegetable gardening grow cucumbers at home.

Depending on the cucumber variety, it can take 55-70 days from seedling to harvest.

Thai Cucumber Salad with Peanuts and a Sweet and Savoury Dressing
Thai Cucumber Salad with Peanuts and a Sweet and Savoury Dressing

Varieties Of Cucumbers Grown In Ontario

Cucumbers are best when they are fresh, crunchy or preserved by making pickles.

Shorter varieties of cucumbers are used for pickling and have a bumpy exterior, whereas the slicing type is smooth.

According to the Garden Ontario website, where you will find information about how to grow cucumbers, you’ll also find cucumbers.

Below is a chart split into varieties of pickling and slicing cucumbers grown in fields or greenhouses.

Pickling VarietySlicing Variety
National Pickling
Carolina
Multipik
Poinsett
Straight 8
Sweet Slice
Sweet Success
Varieties of cucumbers grown in Ontario for pickling and slicing – Source: Garden Ontario Website

In 2019, 89 growers produced almost 40,000 tons of cucumbers for processing in Ontario, 90% of which were harvested by hand and 10% mechanically. 

Ontario Cucumbers

How To Prep And Store Cucumbers

Fun Fact: Did you know that cucumbers are best left on the counter and not in the refrigerator until it is cut open?

We keep English cucumbers on the counter in plastic wrap for a few days without issues.

If cucumbers come with a plastic wrap, keep that on until you’re ready to use them as it retains moisture.

Alternatively, if you grow cucumbers, you can store them on the counter for up to a week without wrapping.

You can also refrigerate cucumbers for a few days, and when you are ready to eat one, run it under cold water.

I often find that they get soft after a few days, so we always leave them out.

Ways To Eat Cucumbers

Mini Cucumbers are washed, sliced and dried to make a Thai Cucumber Salad
Mini Cucumbers are washed, sliced and dried to make a Thai Cucumber Salad

You can eat cucumbers with or without the peel, which has nutritional value, although we partial peel them for our son.

He’s Autistic and struggles with food textures, so his diet is limited. If he eats cucumbers, we’ll serve them how he likes them.

We’ve also purchased small cucumbers pre-bagged from Costco, which are perfect for his lunch, pickling or salads.

Cucumbers can be sliced, diced, or shredded, or you can make fancy shapes using a variety of knife cutters.

The cutter we own is fantastic for making crinkle-cut cucumbers, potatoes, carrots, pickling beets, and kohlrabi, to name a few.

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How To Make Thai Cucumber Salad

The printable recipe is below.

Crunchy Fresh Cucumber Salad with Asian-inspired flavours and a sweet and spicy dressing.
Fresh Cucumber Salad with Asian-inspired flavours
  • Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 mini cucumbers or 1 English cucumber (use any slicing cucumber you’d like)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 stalks of celery washed and sliced thin
  • 4 red radishes that are washed and sliced thin
  • 2 fresh basil leaves rolled and sliced thin
  • 4 fresh mint leaves rolled and sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup of roasted peanuts
  • Fennel greens (optional)

Sweet and Spicy Thai Cucumber Salad Dressing

How to make a simple sweet and spicy salad dressing in a 500 ml mason jar.

Add all the ingredients below into a mason jar and shake for 30 seconds.

You can find these ingredients at almost every grocery store or on Amazon.

Mason Jar Dressing For Thai Cucumber Salad

As you can imagine, the dressing is a significant player in this salad with loads of flavour.

I fell in love with this recipe, although I had to play around with the flavours until they were just right.

Set the finished dressing aside until you are ready to pour it over your vegetables.

If you plan to take the Thai Cucumber Salad to a party, add the dressing five minutes before serving and mix thoroughly.

The significant part about using the mason jar is that it’s easy to pack for a picnic or party.

Sprinkle the chopped roasted peanuts over the mixed salad last, so they don’t get soggy.

Yield: 4

Thai Cucumber Salad With A Sweet and Savory Dressing and Chopped Peanuts

Asian cucumber salad

An Asian-inspired Thai Cucumber Salad with a sweet and savoury homemade dressing along with chopped peanuts.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 mini cucumbers or 1 English cucumber (use any slicing cucumber you'd like)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 stalks of celery washed and sliced thin
  • 4 red radishes that are washed and sliced thin
  • 2 fresh basil leaves rolled and sliced thin
  • 4 fresh mint leaves rolled and sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup of roasted peanuts
  • Fennel greens (optional)
  • Sweet and Savouy Dressing Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon Siracha sauce or hot pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar (keto low-carb)
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice or bottled lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or sugar-free syrup keto and low-carb.

Instructions

Make the sweet and savoury dressing first in a 500 ml mason jar.

  1. Add all of the ingredients apart from the peanuts and fennel into the mason jar, tighten the lid and shake for about 30 seconds.
  2. 1 teaspoon Siracha sauce or hot pepper flakes
  3. 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  4. 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar (keto
    low-carb)
  5. 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  6. 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  7. 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger
  8. 2 cloves of fresh garlic minced
  9. 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice or bottled lime juice
  10. 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  11. 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  12. 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or sugarsugar-free syrup (keto and low-carb

How to make the cucumber salad

  1. Wash and slice the mini cucumbers then dry them off by setting them on a kitchen towel for a few minutes. It's important that the cucumbers are dry,
  2. Slice the red onions thin
  3. Wash and dry the celery and slice
  4. Chop the tip of the radish then wash and slice thin
  5. Take both the fresh mint and fresh basil, roll and slice thin
  6. Add all of the ingredients into a large serving bowl
  7. Top with the dressing and mix 5 mins before serving
  8. Add fennel greens and chopped peanuts over top the finished salad

Notes

Using a mason jar for the dressing helps for easy transportation if you are going to a party.

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Our garden has so many cucumbers, so I thought since we love to relish on our burgers, hotdogs and sausages, I’d make a homemade cucumber relish.

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