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Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad from TheFoodCharlatan.com
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Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad

This easy cucumber salad recipe is a fast and fresh summer side dish with a bit of a kick. The cilantro adds the perfect twist! A perfect compliment to a Mexican-style meal.


  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice, fresh
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cucumbers, very finely sliced (see photos)
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro, minced, to taste


  • Dice the jalapeno and garlic and add to a medium-sized bowl.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper. Use a whisk to incorporate the 3 tablespoons olive oil. Set aside.
  • Finely slice the cucumbers. Use a mandolin if you have it, but a very sharp knife will do the trick. (See photos below.) Add the cucumbers to the dressing and stir together.
  • Finely mince the cilantro and add it to the bowl. Stir to combine. You can either let it sit in the fridge to marinate for a couple hours, or serve immediately.


Make sure that you let the salad sit on the counter for a little while before serving if it's been in the fridge; the olive oil solidifies slightly when it's cold.


Serving: 1 cup, Calories: 94 kcal, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 9 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6 g, Sodium: 236 mg, Potassium: 188 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 2 g, Vitamin A: 151 IU, Vitamin C: 11 mg, Calcium: 21 mg, Iron: 1 mg