Thai-Inspired Sunomono with Jalapeno, Cilantro, and Basil


This is a pinch of this recipe, where most of the ingredients are to your taste preference. Two jalapenos provided plenty of delicious heat for me. Garnish with chopped nuts, sesame seeds, and sliced red chile peppers. Furikake is also great as a topping!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 servings


  • cup rice vinegar, or more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon minced lemongrass, or to taste

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce, or to taste

  • 2 cucumbers, thinly sliced

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced, or to taste

  • ½ bunch cilantro, coarsely chopped, or to taste

  • 2 sprigs fresh basil, coarsely chopped, or to taste


  1. Whisk rice vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, ginger, lemongrass, and soy sauce together in a large bowl. Stir in cucumbers, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, and basil.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute apple cider vinegar (such as Bragg(R)) for the rice vinegar if desired. Peanut butter can work instead of roasted sesame oil in a pinch. Use 4 packets sugar substitute instead of the sugar if desired.

I haven't tried them, but fish sauce or hoisin might be great toppings as well.

For stronger flavor, refrigerate sunomono overnight.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

43 Calories
2g Fat
5g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 43
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 103mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 141mg 3%

* 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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