Spicy Cucumber and Peanut Salad


This fresh cucumber and peanut salad has a real kick! Asian chili-garlic sauce packs lots of flavor in dressing. My mom adds rice noodles, making it a great lunch or dinner add-on. I prefer it as-is.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon chile-garlic sauce (such as Huy Fong Foods®)

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (Optional)

  • 2 medium cucumbers - halved lengthwise, seeds scraped out with a spoon, and thinly sliced

  • ½ cup chopped peanuts

  • 2 green onions, chopped


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir until softened and lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

  2. Whisk vinegar and sugar together in a salad bowl until sugar has dissolved. Whisk in chili-garlic sauce, fish sauce, coriander, red pepper flakes, and cooled garlic until thoroughly combined. Stir in cucumbers, peanuts, and green onions until coated with dressing. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

155 Calories
11g Fat
13g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 155
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 438mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 7mg 35%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 374mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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