This easy cucumber salad is a refreshing and healthy side dish that can accompany any meal, whether it’s a BBQ or a family dinner. And the best part? You only need five simple ingredients to make this easy cucumber salad. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to make a delicious cucumber salad with cucumbers, sugar, rice wine vinegar, jalapenos, and chopped cilantro.
Because this recipe only has 5 simple ingredients, it’s perfect for my Five-Ingredient-Friday series.
Tips to make cucumber salad
- For a milder version of this salad, you can omit the jalapenos or reduce the amount used. If you prefer a spicier salad, leave the seeds in the jalapenos or use serrano peppers instead.
- To save time, you can slice the cucumbers ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to make the salad.
- If you don’t have rice wine vinegar, you can substitute it with white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
- The salad can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days, but it’s best served fresh.
The five ingredients I used for this recipe were cucumbers, sugar, rice wine vinegar, jalapenos and chopped cilantro. The ingredients mix super well together and you’re left with a wonderfully fresh cucumber dish! I’ve used parsley instead of cilantro, or chives, or basil or even a mix of fresh herbs. And I’ve used red wine vinegar in place of the rice wine vinegar, it’s really whatever you have on hand
I used to have a raised garden bed with legs and would get my herbs and jalapenos from it, but if not homegrown, the farmers market is a great place to get ingredients.
This easy 5 ingredient cucumber salad is a quick and simple side dish that is perfect for a hot summer day. It’s light, refreshing, and full of flavor. The combination of sweet, tangy, and spicy flavors from the sugar, rice wine vinegar, jalapenos, and cilantro make this salad a crowd-pleaser. Try it out at your next BBQ or family dinner, and enjoy the compliments that come your way!
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Quick Cucumber Salad Recipe
- 1 seedless cucumber chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 - 1 jalapeno pepper finely chopped
- 1-2 tablespoons fresh chopped herbs (cilantro parsley, basil or chives, or a combination of them
- Mix cucumbers and salt in a bowl, let sit for 15 minutes-30 minutes, then drain and pat dry with paper towel. Sprinkle with a dash of salt.
- Whisk together sugar and vinegar until the sugar dissolves, then add jalapenos and fresh herbs.
- Add cucumbers to a bowl and pour sauce over it and serve.