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Vietnamese cucumber salad in a serving dish with wooden spoon.

Vietnamese Cucumber Salad is a refreshing summer dish that's perfect as a side dish for barbecue or any meal. Flavored with fresh herbs, crunchy peanuts, and a spicy dressing, this Asian salad can be quickly prepared in just 10 minutes.

Vietnamese cucumber salad in a serving dish with wooden spoon.Vietnamese cucumber salad in a serving dish with wooden spoon.

Crisp and refreshing cucumbers are one of the most sought-after ingredients for summer salads. I think this Vietnamese Cucumber Salad (Gỏi Dưa Leo) hits the spot.

Light and refreshing, this Vietnamese salad is a great accompaniment to barbecue or an easy side dish. While I love Korean cucumber salad, it's hard to decide which Asian cucumber salad deserves more credit.

A bowl of Vietnamese cucumber salad with a fork.A bowl of Vietnamese cucumber salad with a fork.

This Vietnamese-style cucumber salad is packed with fresh herbs like cilantro and mint. So if you're a gardener with an abundance of summer cucumbers and fresh herbs, you shouldn't miss this recipe.

The salad is flavored with vinegar, fish sauce, lime, sugar, and sesame oil, creating a delicious balance of sour, salty, and sweet. You'll love the subtle nuttiness that the sesame oil adds to this salad.

Plus, with the addition of nutty peanuts, you get a double dose of crunch. This really brings out the charm of Vietnamese cuisine.

Characteristics of the ingredients

Ingredients to prepare Vietnamese cucumber salad.Ingredients to prepare Vietnamese cucumber salad.
  • Cucumbers: Use seedless cucumbers such as English, Persian or Lebanese. If the skin is too thick and tough, peel it partially or completely. Cut them into thin slices.
    • If slicing is not your thing, a mandolin It's perfect for work.
  • Herbs: Fresh herbs are a must. Dried herbs will not have the same flavor. I love using a mix of mint and cilantro. If you can find Thai basil, it is great for this salad and commonly used in Southeast Asian cuisine.
  • Shallot: Scallions are commonly used in Vietnamese-style salads, but red onion or spring onions can easily be substituted. For this recipe, I used red onion.
  • Vinegar and Lime: I prefer unseasoned rice vinegar. I like to mix it with fresh lime juice for a more refreshing taste.
  • Fish sauce: This is essential for any Southeast Asian style salad and is now easy to find in many Western grocery stores. If you want a vegan version, use vegan fish sauce Instead.
  • Peanuts: I recommend using unsalted roasted peanuts to maximize the nutty flavor. You can find canned peanuts at any supermarket; just look for the unsalted version with no added sweeteners.

How to Make Vietnamese Cucumber Salad

Prepare the cucumbers: If desired, partially peel the cucumber skin, according to your preference. Cut the cucumbers into thin slices.

Combine the ingredients: In a large bowl, add the sliced ​​cucumber, cilantro, mint, red onion (or shallot or spring onion), and sliced ​​chili pepper.

Prepare the dressing: In a small bowl, stir together the fish sauce, sugar, garlic, vinegar, and sesame oil until the sugar has dissolved.

Mix and serve: Add the chopped peanuts and dressing to the cucumber mixture. Stir well to combine. Taste and adjust salt if necessary. Enjoy your salad right away!

Cucumber salad in a large serving bowl.Cucumber salad in a large serving bowl.

What to Serve with Vietnamese Cucumber Salad

Because this salad is so light and refreshing, it pairs well with many dishes from various cuisines. Try it with Thai crab cakes, Vietnamese chicken curry, or Filipino chicken adobo. The salad will accentuate the flavors of the main dish and add a refreshing balance to your meal.

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Vietnamese cucumber salad in a serving dish with wooden spoon.Vietnamese cucumber salad in a serving dish with wooden spoon.

Quick Vietnamese Cucumber Salad

Vietnamese Cucumber Salad is a refreshing summer dish, perfect for barbecues or any meal. With fresh herbs, crunchy peanuts, and a spicy dressing, it's ready in just 10 minutes.

  • 1 1/4 lb Persian, Lebanese or English cucumbers, finely sliced
  • 2-3 shallot, finely chopped. See note below
  • 1 green chili pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup coriander, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mint, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • If desired, partially peel the skin of the cucumber. Slice the cucumbers thinly. In a large bowl, mix the sliced ​​cucumbers with the cilantro, mint, red onion (or shallot or spring onion), and sliced ​​chili pepper.

  • In a separate bowl, combine the fish sauce, sugar, garlic, vinegar, lime juice, and sesame oil, whisking until the sugar dissolves.

  • Pour the dressing over the cucumber mixture. Add the chopped peanuts and mix everything together. Taste and add salt if necessary. Enjoy your refreshing Vietnamese cucumber salad today!

Scallions are commonly used in Vietnamese-style salads, but you can easily substitute them with red onions or spring onions.

Calories: 156kilocalorie, Carbohydrates: 15G, Protein: 5G, Fat: 10G, Saturated fats: 1G, Polyunsaturated fats: 4G, Monounsaturated fat: 4G, Sodium: 451mg, Potassium: 412mg, Fiber: 3G, Sugar: 7G, Vitamin A: 528IU, C vitamin: 11mg, Soccer: 59mg, Iron: 1mg

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