Thai Cucumber Salad

The inspiration behind this recipe comes from one of my favorite restaurants here in Charlotte, Cowfish. It’s become a go to lunch spot for us because the food is good, the menu is extensive and they have the best bento box for kids. Scottie and I have started going on the regular with a few of  our friends and one of the side items off the menu is a Thai Cucumber Salad. After one of our lunch dates I decided my next mission was to recreate this tasty little salad at home.


This Thai Cucumber Salad is light and refreshing making it the perfect side dish for the warmer months. It would make a great addition to an outdoor BBQ or picnic since it’s simple to put together and can be served at room temperature. There are different elements to this salad that makes it so unique, yet delicious. Crisp cucumbers are soaked in a sweet and tangy dressing and topped with aromatic cilantro and a hint of spice from the red pepper flakes. It’s everything you could want and more.



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Thai Cucumber Salad
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 3 large cucumbers, peeled, seeded, halved lengthwise, and cut into slices
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the sugar and vinegar till the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. In a medium-sized bowl add the cucumbers, onions, red pepper flakes, salt and cilantro. Toss to combine.
  2. Allow to marinate at least 30 minutes before serving



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By | 2018-06-01T09:37:52+00:00 April 28th, 2015|Food, Sides|13 Comments


  1. Elizabeth April 28, 2015 at 8:00 am

    I have three cukes in the fridge right now that were just waiting for this recipe to be posted. Yay!!

  2. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine April 28, 2015 at 10:40 am

    What a great cucumber salad! My family is obsessed with my grandmas cucumber salad, just cucumbers, onions, vinegar…and probably other stuff! Haha!

  3. Karli @ Peas of Cake April 28, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    This sounds yummy! I may even try it with my veggie spiral slicer… I wonder if that’d work. Thnx! 🙂

  4. admin April 28, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    That’s a great Idea. Let me know if you do

  5. admin April 28, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Sounds great!

  6. admin April 28, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Let me know what you think

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  9. Pat Foster April 10, 2017 at 12:17 am

    My husband said this was the salad to take to the next family reunionm

  10. Carli June 2, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Made this tonight to go with/on our steak fajitas. I was looking for a recipe that was like Cowfish. You nailed it! Everyone loved it and it was super easy to whip up. Thank you!

  11. admin June 3, 2018 at 7:47 am

    I’m so glad to hear that. Thank you!

  12. Kristi June 12, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    I have always LOVED the Thai cucumbers at Cowfish, and stumbled upon this recipe last night. I gave it a go earlier today, and they are amazing! Seriously identical to the Cowfish ones. Thank you! 👏🏼

  13. admin July 14, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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