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From the author, Stefan Bloom: The name “Cucumber Salsa” is just about a recipe in itself – dice up your cucumbers, add some acid and a little oil, some onion and chile, and you’re pretty much done. But even though this is all dead-simple, it’s delicious, and with the markets filling up with cheap, in-season cucumbers, this is a terrific way to serve a maybe slightly-underused vegetable.
This salsa’s good with chips, and it’s best on anything grilled – the cool, juicy cucumber is a great foil for the char you get from the grill.
(Adapted from Bon Appetit)
From Plant-Based on a Budget: We all love the traditional salsa (usually made with tomatoes, chiles, and onions) but this cucumber salsa will revolutionize your dipping world. It’s fresh, juicy and it goes perfectly with so many dishes. Did we mention how easy it is to prepare? It’s so easy!
Summer Salsa Feast
Whenever you’re having a lunch al fresco or a garden family gathering, adding a variety of fresh salsas to your table is a great idea. You can prepare a traditional tomato and onions salsa, a mango tomato salsa, and this delicious cucumber salsa. It is basically a salsa party!
It’s a known fact that adding salsa to any savory dish makes it amazing. Homemade fresh salsas are a fantastic way to up your veggie intake while adding tons of flavor. But for us, the best part is that the addition of a fresh salsa like this one makes a dull and dry dish a juicy and tasty delight.
Fresh and Spicy
In order to prepare this cucumber salsa, you’ll need cucumbers, lemon juice, red onion, olive oil, cilantro, and chiles (like jalapeños or serranos). So be prepared to enjoy some serious spicy kick, but as always, you can adjust it by reducing the amount or the kind of chiles you add. If you’re not into hot and spicy salsas at all, just replace them with some green or red mild peppers.
Looking for more salsa varieties? Try:
Photos by Alfonso Revilla
- 2 medium cucumbers peeled and diced
- Juice of 1 lemon or 2 limes
- ½ of a small red onion minced
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- A decent-sized handful of cilantro chopped
- 1-2 chiles jalapeños, serranos, etc. – just make sure you taste a little piece before you add it to check the heat level; or 3/4 teaspoon red chile flakes
- Salt and pepper
- Put everything in a bowl and mix together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- It's best if you can let it sit for a little while – like half an hour – for everything to come together, but it's also just fine if you eat it right away.
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