Thai Cucumber Tomato Salad with Mint, Basil and Cilantro

If you’re been reading for awhile, then you know that I love Thai food.  We eat Thai several times a week because most of the family loves it (except my son who only eats the rice), it’s a good way to eat up our veggies, it’s delicious, and the most important reason of all–it’s fast.  Dinner can be on the table in the time it takes to cook the rice. This Thai cucumber tomato salad is based off one I had in a restaurant. I loved the flavors together. I added plenty of mint, basil, and cilantro, naturally.

Summer produce is at its peak, and this salad is made that much better because of the vine-ripened tomatoes and cucumbers I received in my CSA share this past week.  If you have an abundance of cucumbers, I bet you’ll love them in this salad and make it once or twice a week.  (And drink the sauce from the bottom of the bowl when the veggies are gone.)

I think I like Thai food so much because of the flavor party that’s always going on. It’s spicy, sweet, and salty all at the same time. This salad has no shortage of flavor. I added plenty of garlic, lime juice, fish sauce, fresh herbs and hot peppers.

My husband got home late last night from a film shoot.  It was after midnight and I said, “Hey, you want some of the salad I made for dinner?”  I handed him the bowl and a fork.

“What is this?”

“Why?  Do you hate it?”

“No…I love it.”

That’s how I feel about it too.

Thai Cucumber Tomato Salad with Mint, Basil and Cilantro
 
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A crunchy, flavorful Thai cucumber salad with tomatoes, peppers, and plenty of herbs with a tasty vinaigrette.
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Recipe type: Salad, side
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 2-3 small cucumbers, cut in half lengthwise, if desired, and cut into ⅛” slices
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 small hot peppers, thinly sliced crosswise (I used banana peppers)
  • 1 cup chopped or torn fresh herbs
  • juice of 1 limes
  • 1 Tbsp. Thai fish sauce*
  • 1 Tbsp. cane sugar
  • 1 large garlic clove, grated or finely minced
Instructions
  1. Place all of the veggies in a bowl with the herbs. Add the other ingredients and toss lightly. Let stand a little while before serving to allow flavors to blend.

*You can use vegetarian fish sauce or soy, if you’re vegan, and if you can find it. :)

Other great recipes I recommend:

Wake Up Your Mouth Thai Cucumber Salad from Kalyn’s Kitchen (one of my very favorites)
Cucumber Salad with Dill from Simply Recipes
Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream and Dill from Martha Stewart

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2 Responses to “Thai Cucumber Tomato Salad with Mint, Basil and Cilantro”

  1. Heidi August 31, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    I am a huge fan of Thai salads, thanks to my sister living there for a year and several visits. My go to salad dressing has a rice wine vinegar base, and when it hits the cucs it marinades so nicely. Yours looks delish!

  2. Becky @ Project Domestication September 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    I’ve got to try this. Love me some thai and i’ve got all the ingredients minus the mint…but my mom has an outrageously big mint plant that I’m sure she’ll be happy to see me using!

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