Spicy – And Fancy! – Cucumber Salad

19 Sep

This is Jamie Oliver’s recipe as seen on his 30-minute meals show. It’s incredibly simple and pretty fun to make.  (How many salads can boast that?) It looks fantastic and would work really well if you need a salad dish to impress.

Serves 2-3.


1 English cucumber
2 cm piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1 tb soy sauce
1 ts sesame oil
1 lime
small handful of cilantro, chopped
1/2 fresh red chile, diced into small pieces (optional, but tasty)


1. Using a peeler, peel the cucumber lengthwise into ribbons. Stop when you reach the seeds as you do not want to use the core of the cucumber. Set aside in a medium bowl.
2. In a small bowl mix ginger, soy, lime juice, sesame oil and red chile.
3. Chop the cilantro and add it to the cucumber ribbons.
4. Dress the salad ONLY when you are ready to eat, as the thin cucumber slices will wilt and become soggy if it’s dressed too early.


5 Responses to “Spicy – And Fancy! – Cucumber Salad”

  1. Sarah (@simplycooked) September 24, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    OOh, that sounds so easy and very tasty. 🙂 I love the idea of peeling the cucumber into ribbons. I bet it’s really pretty, too.

    • failingtherorschachtest September 24, 2011 at 11:59 am #

      The ribbons of cucumber look lovely in the bowl! I meant to take a pictue but completely forgot – I was too busy diving in to eat it. 🙂

    • failingtherorschachtest September 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

      The ribbons of cucumber look lovely in a bowl! I meant to take a picture but I was too busy devouring it to remember! 🙂

  2. disquisitive September 29, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    I am pretty freaking excited about trying this. I’m always on board with spicy things and things involving cucumber, so…

  3. Tracy September 29, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    That does sounds good! I’m really scared of chilli though (I’ve got no idea why!), so I think I’ll give this a go and leave the chilli out.
    The fear might be to do with everyone going on about how hot chillis are and that you can’t touch ANYTHING when you’ve cut one up etc etc.

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