Here’s an easy recipe for making the best cilantro lime cucumber salad that you can enjoy any time of the year.
With its zesty lime, bright cilantro, and cool cucumbers, there’s no doubt that this homemade cilantro lime cucumber salad is a delicious and healthy side dish sure to please any crowd. It is the perfect side dish!
Cilantro Lime Cucumber Salad Recipe
Who doesn't love a recipe that takes almost no time at all? Cilantro lime cucumber salad requires few ingredients yet delivers a big flavor.
Today's recipe is one of those dishes that often gets overlooked (hello, I don't particularly enjoy the taste of cilantro), but don't let it fool you!
This flavorful side dish is a great addition to any meal that will have your family or guests asking for seconds. Not only is this salad delicious and inviting, but it's also incredibly easy to make.
It only requires a few simple ingredients as mentioned earlier. It's the perfect last-minute side dish for when you're in a rush or don't have many groceries in your pantry. it’s sure to be a hit with everyone!
This recipe is healthy, gluten-free, and vegan!
Here's why you'll love this cilantro lime cucumber salad
It's light and refreshing: If you're looking for a healthier side dish option, cilantro lime cucumber salad is a perfect choice.
The crispness of the cucumbers mixed with the zesty flavor from the cilantro and lime juice creates an incredibly light flavor that won't leave you feeling stuffed.
Low calorie yet still satisfying: If calories are something you count, then this salad is for you. The combination of cucumbers and fresh herbs makes it a healthy choice without sacrificing taste or satisfaction.
While this recipe uses extra virgin olive oil, it is a type of healthy oil, and don't worry most of it will sink to the bottom of the salad bowl so you aren’t getting a lot of added calories.
It's easy to make: The best part about this cilantro lime cucumber salad is how quickly it comes together. You can have it ready in under 5 minutes, I used a mandolin slicer to slice the cucumber and that literally took about 1 minute! You could even chop the onions with the mandolin chopper if you prefer.
Economical: this salad is a very economical dish that can be made with ingredients you likely have in your pantry or refrigerator. The cost of the salad ingredients combined should not exceed £3/$8, making it cheap and it serves at least 4-6 people conveniently as a side dish.
Versatile: This cilantro lime cucumber salad is incredibly versatile and can be modified to suit your tastes and in whatever proportions you prefer. You can add sliced avocados, different types of cheeses or nuts, diced tomatoes, and even cooked shrimp to switch things up a bit.
What you will need
To make this healthy cilantro lime cucumber salad you will need the following handful of ingredients
Extra virgin olive oil: sub with olive oil or avocado oil
Onion: use any type of onion you prefer
Honey: this is optional but recommended to balance out the tartness of the lime juice
Chili flakes: I used red chili flakes, sub with fresh green or red jalopeno
Salt and pepper
How to make cilantro lime cucumber salad
In a large bowl, add sliced cucumbers, thinly sliced onions, finely chopped cilantro, lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, honey, chili flakes, salt, and pepper.
Using two spoons gently toss everything together until evenly mixed, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes for the flavor to meld before serving. Enjoy!
What to serve it with
This is a versatile salad and can be served with just about any dish or even on its own as an appetizer. For a light lunch or dinner, try serving it with air fryer salmon bites or stovetop chicken, fish tacos, or even sausage and potatoes. It’s also great served alongside burgers, meatballs, and sandwiches for a fresh and flavorful side dish.
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Cilantro Lime Cucumber Salad
- Mixing bowl
- 1 English cucumbers thinly sliced
- 2 Tablespoons cilantro finely chopped
- Juice of one lime about 1½ Tablespoons
- ⅓ cup onion thinly sliced
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil sub with olive oil
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- Chili flakes
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, add sliced cucumbers, thinly sliced onions, finely chopped cilantro, lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, honey, chili flakes, salt and pepper.
- Using two spoons, gently toss everything together until evenly mixed, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes for the flavors to meld before serving. Enjoy!
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