Spicy Cucumber Salad

20 Mar

We recently celebrated Mother’s Day in England and for my mother I cooked a Chinese inspired meal with lots of different dishes. Some I’ve cooked before, like Stir Fried Beef with Ginger. Alongside the meat and fish dishes, I made a fresh and crunchy salad, inspired by one in my Gok Wan Cooks book. Sadly, there were very few leftovers the next day, and none at all of the salad!

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Ingredients to serve 4-6

  • 1 cucumber, partly peeled
  • ½ fresh chilli, finely sliced
  • 3 spring onions, finely sliced
  • A few handfuls of bean sprouts
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • A pinch of salt

Slice off the ends of the cucumber then slice it in half lengthways. Scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon and then cut the cucumber into chunks about .5cm wide.

Mix the cucumber with the chilli, beansprouts and spring onions. Mix the rest of the ingredients together to make the dressing and pour over the salad a couple of minutes before serving.


45 Responses to “Spicy Cucumber Salad”

  1. Promenade Claire March 20, 2015 at 12:40 #

    Good morning!
    Was planning Asian style food this weekend so will be adding a salad to the menu. Thanks x

    • Chica Andaluza March 20, 2015 at 15:57 #

      I never really thought of salad as an Asian thing (especially not Chinese) but this really worked!

  2. thecompletebook March 20, 2015 at 12:44 #

    Happy mommy’s day to your mommy and how lovely to be able to share the day with her and with a magnificent meal to boot.
    Love the salad!
    Have a beautiful weekend Tanya.
    🙂 Mandy xo
    PS. Hope you were able to see the eclipse.

    • Chica Andaluza March 20, 2015 at 15:58 #

      It was too cloudy to see the eclipse here – it just went sort of twilighty and cold L Have a great weekend too!

  3. Mad Dog March 20, 2015 at 12:48 #

    Ha ha – I hate it when there are no leftovers 😉

    • Chica Andaluza March 20, 2015 at 15:59 #

      Me too – although there were Singapore Noodles left over and I had them for breakfast the next day which Big Man found a bit traumatic as he tucked into coffee and magdalenas 😉

      • Mad Dog March 20, 2015 at 16:38 #

        I like his style 🙂

  4. thatemily March 20, 2015 at 15:39 #


  5. restlessjo March 20, 2015 at 17:44 #

    There’s a definite flavour of Spring in there, Tanya. Might have to give it a whirl 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza March 20, 2015 at 18:06 #

      And then the weather goes all wintery on us again this afternoon 😦

      • restlessjo March 20, 2015 at 18:10 #

        Oh, no! 😦 I tried to share you on PInterest but it was too hard so I gave up and used FB. I have a PInterest account but not a very active one.

      • Chica Andaluza March 20, 2015 at 18:11 #

        Haven’t mastered Pinterest yet and am only just getting to grips with FB so thank you!

  6. narf77 March 20, 2015 at 18:55 #

    Gorgeous salad Ms Chica. Is it really warm enough over there for salad?! Happy mothers day to your wonderful mum. Without her, you wouldn’t be “you” and the world wouldn’t be as bright 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza March 20, 2015 at 21:17 #

      Nope, not really warm enough for salad but I put lots of hot chilli and ginger into everything so they were all glad of a refreshing salad 😉 Cunning cooking!

    • Chica Andaluza March 20, 2015 at 21:18 #

      And thank you for your lovely words J

      • narf77 March 21, 2015 at 03:30 #

        You are welcome Ms Chica, they are well deserved 🙂

      • Chica Andaluza March 22, 2015 at 13:04 #


  7. themateriallady March 20, 2015 at 19:44 #

    I will try to remember this when it’s warm enough for salad!

  8. Eha March 21, 2015 at 01:01 #

    Lovely, lovely salad and have to check our respective ingredients! Don’t think the season of the year has much to do with the recipe!! SE Asia actually has a lot of salad recipes [whether it is always safe to eat them at street stalls is another matter 🙂 !] . . . besides this one methinks I love the green papaya one the most and make it most weeks . . .

  9. Tandy | Lavender and Lime March 21, 2015 at 06:09 #

    This sounds like such a refreshing salad Tanya 🙂

  10. Cecilia Mary Gunther March 21, 2015 at 18:49 #

    most excellent!

  11. chef mimi March 21, 2015 at 21:38 #

    That looks so good!!! I’ve posted on a cucumber salad, but it doesn’t have the bean sprouts included. There’s a little sugar and Tabasco, and it’s fabulous as well! You are a very nice daughter!

    • Chica Andaluza March 22, 2015 at 13:11 #

      I’m off to check out your recipe – cucumber is so under rated, but I love it!

  12. Margot @ Gather and Graze March 21, 2015 at 22:24 #

    This sounds fabulous Tanya! I have everything but the bean sprouts on hand, so will make this in the next day or two.

    • Chica Andaluza March 22, 2015 at 13:12 #

      I think with this lovely dressing you could substitute anything you fancy for the beansprouts!

  13. abdunnavi March 23, 2015 at 06:20 #

    emmm,…good recipe,…
    i think very delicious if add chili

  14. Rachel March 23, 2015 at 14:03 #

    Oh this sounds gooooood! (and , no water required ;-)) Always very happy to have a good salad idea for those long Texas summers. Mmmmmmm!

  15. Peri's Spice Ladle March 24, 2015 at 20:13 #

    A beautiful set of flavors with soy and rice vinegar…they manage to keep the vegetables looking yum and crisp to the bite:) Amazing salad – so simple too!

    • Chica Andaluza March 26, 2015 at 12:57 #

      It was amazing how beautiful it tasted, considering the simplicity of the ingredients!

  16. Foodfhonebook April 5, 2015 at 15:27 #

    Reblogged this on Foodfhonebook and commented:
    Nice and refreshing

  17. Sandal Boneka Murah April 16, 2015 at 03:13 #

    I am as a person really liked this recipe asia .

  18. Raden June 1, 2015 at 19:50 #

    Mistress have you ever been to Indonesia?, in Indonesia there is also a salad in peanut sauce, sprinkle the name gado gado,karedok and do you want to taste it ?

    • Chica Andaluza June 1, 2015 at 20:10 #

      I have been to beautiful Bali and indeed tasted gado gado which I enjoyed very much!

  19. Jual Boneka Wisuda Murah July 8, 2015 at 08:50 #

    Hmm.. Yummy.. its healthy foods for men.. 😀

  20. jamuherbalginjal July 31, 2015 at 06:17 #

    If in Indonesia called oseng2 bean sprouts. the menu is almost the same. I guess only in Indonesia alone menu like that, it turns out in the UK as well there ya?

  21. Suci Purnamasari March 3, 2016 at 07:22 #

    can you come to indonesia? you can teach all the housewife 🙂

  22. Rak Sepatu Gantung August 14, 2016 at 05:19 #

    the cucumber.. ahaha i love it

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