Thai Cucumber Salad

This salad was one of my favorites at a local Thai restaurant. After some coaxing and a five-dollar tip, I persuaded an unexperienced doe-eyed waitress to part with the recipe. So are the perils of hacker-cuisine in Eastern Wisconsin. The perfect side dish on a hot day – try with grilled corn and pork chops.



1/4 cup red or rice wine vinegar
Juice from one fresh lemon or lime
1 tbs sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, to taste
2 cucumbers, peeled and julienned
1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup washed cilantro leaves
2 large, fresh garden Thai basil leaves, cut in thin strips (optional)



Mix dressing, salt, sugar and pepper in a dish using a wire whisk.

Add to the veggies and toss to coat. Cover and marinate for at least 2 hours.

You can substitute a fresh serrano or jalapeno pepper for the pepper flakes.


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