Thai Cucumber Salad Recipe with Red Chili Soy Vinaigrette

Thai Cucumber Salad Recipe spiked with Red Chili Soy Vinaigrette is flavorful, refreshing, easy and the perfect companion to all your Asian dinners or stand-alone-delicious! 

This Thai Cucumber Salad recipe is not only bursting with chilled cucumbers but carrots, bell peppers and red onion for a popping fresh crunch, but the real star is the Red Chili Soy Vinaigrette.  It infuses the Asian Cucumber Salad Recipe with a sweet and savory zing that is simply irresistible! 

Close up photo of Thai Cucumber Salad on a white plate and bamboo place-mat.


Do you ever get so distracted that you completely miss your exit? or burn the cake in the oven? or peel a cucumber because you think its zucchini?

And that is why all these cucumbers are peeled.

Which turned out to be a good thing because once I peeled my cucumbers and finally got off the phone to realize that my cucumbers were in fact, not zucchini, I needed to use them right away which means you get this Thai Cucumber Salad Recipe with Red Chili Soy Vinaigrette sooner rather than later!  And I know my dear friend Taralynn has been asking for this recipe – so she would prefer sooner!  And I know you would prefer sooner too because this cucumber salad is so easy, tasty and refreshing, it will probably become your favorite Asian side dish, or simply your favorite salad!

Showing how to serve Thai Cucumber Salad by adding to a white plate and bamboo place-mat.

Taralynn first tasted the deliciousness that is this salad a while back when we had her and her husband over for dinner.  I served them my insanely delicious Skinny General Tso’s Chicken aka My Favorite Chicken Ever! – because it is my favorite chicken ever!

She also wanted that recipe.

Showing how to serve a Thai Cucumber Salad top shot on a white plate and bamboo place-mat.

So what do you serve with General Tsos’s Chicken that won’t compete but compliment? but can still stand on its own?

Front view showing how to serve a Thai Cucumber Salad on a white plate and bamboo place-mat.

This Thai Cucumber Salad Recipe!  Unlike a lot of salads, this salad is marinaded in a vinaigrette so the dressing/salad is almost zero fat!  A vinaigrette of  Thai Red Chili Sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, lime juice, ginger, garlic and a dash of sugar.  Can you taste it now?!

As the cucumber, carrots, bell peppers and red onion slumber in the marinade, they soak up the Asian flavors for a subtly sublime taste and a a not so subtle crunch of thinly sliced cucumbers, matchstick carrots, red bell peppers and peanuts.  This Asian Cucumber Salad Recipe is cold, crisp, refreshing, with a slight zing from the chili sauce.

Front view showing how to garnish a Thai Cucumber Salad with peanuts on a white plate and bamboo place-mat.

Its a great side dish, or anytime dish.  I actually just love eating it by itself because this Thai Cucumber Salad Recipe can stand on its own!

Warning: its deliciousness might distract you.

Thai Cucumber Salad Recipe with Red Chili Soy Vinaigrette

Thai Cucumber Salad Recipe spiked with Red Chili Soy Vinaigrette is flavorful, refreshing, easy and the perfect companion to all your Asian dinners or stand-alone-delicious! 
Servings: 4
Total Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Thai Sweet Chili Soy Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons Thai sweet chili sauce *
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced


  • 2 cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Matchstick carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped


  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts


  • Whisk Dressing ingredients together in a large bowl. Add salad ingredients and toss to coat. Chill 1 hour before serving. When ready to serve, toss well. Garnish with chopped peanuts.
  • The cucumbers will release some of their water as they marinate – so be aware that the vinaigrette will increase the longer the cucumbers marinate.


*Can be found in the Asian section of any grocery store – it also makes a great dipping sauce for anything Asian!

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  1. Tina B says

    That salad does look refreshing! I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Jen says

      My pleasure, Tina! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Shelby says

    This sounds absolutely delicious. I love the coolness of the cuke and the kick in your marinade!

    • Jen says

      Thanks Shelby! I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Misty Lunceford says

    Looks so YUMMY! Wonderful pictures. Looks like you eat it right off the page :)Great job!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Misty, that is a huge compliment!

    • Jen says

      Thanks Jessica! Just in time for summer 🙂

    • Jen says

      Thanks Sheena! I usually go for the not so healthy salads so this is a nice break for me 🙂

  4. Risa says

    Nice twist on the regular old boring lettuce salad!

    • Jen says

      Thanks Risa – a lot less chopping too!

    • Jen says

      Thanks Neva. I hope you family loves it too! Its great for summer!

    • Jen says

      Thanks Marion, my pleasure! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Jen says

      Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful summer and get to eat some cucumber salad 🙂

    • Jen says

      Thanks Dawn! You are so right – can’t go wrong with cucumber salad!

  5. Marcy says

    Making this for a BBQ tomorrow. Just whipped up the dressing and it’s taking all of my self control to not make the salad and eat it all today!

    • Jen says

      What a great idea to bring this to a BBQ! I admire your self control 🙂 Enjoy!

  6. karen says

    Delicious recipe!I made it last night and just loved it. It will go in the cucumber recipe rotation once the cucs grow!

    • Jen says

      That’s awesome Karen! And that’s so cool you grow your own cucumbers! Thank’s for letting me know you loved it!!!

  7. Lynn says

    I made this yesterday with my Spiralizer. It is insanely delicious and so visually appetizing to look at. Thanks for another great recipe!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Lynn! I bet this is absolutely beautiful with a spriralizer – I am tempted to redo the pics with that! Thank you for trying my recipes and I love your comments!

  8. Marji says

    This recipe is delicious. I first soak the sliced cucumbers in a bowl, sprinkled with salt, for about an hour. Then rinse the salt off the cucumbers and let them sit for awhile. No problem with weeping cucumbers after you put the dressing is put on them.

    • Jen says

      Thank you for taking the time to comment Marji – you made my day! I am going to have to try your tip with the salt – thank you!

  9. Debi says

    Made this weekend and it was fabulous! I added cilantro to it. Will be in my rotation.

    • Jen says

      I’m so happy to hear that, thanks Debi!