Cucumber Salsa


Cucumber Salsa

I first tried this salsa for the closing ceremony of the Olympics.  My family joined us and we piled this salsa over a hefty plate of pinto bean nachos.  Cucumbers are not my first go to ingredient when I make salsa, but I have to admit I really enjoyed the refreshing bite this salsa offered.  I also set out a fiery, thinner salsa to drizzle over the nachos, so in between the heat and the surprise of seeing my teen crush George Michael shake his bon-bon on national TV I clearly need cooling off.  Enjoy!

This salsa would be a great addition to grilled shrimp or even great with a huge bowl of brown rice salad. I would recommend you discard the cucumber seeds to avoid  a watery salsa.

Cucumber Salsa

Yield: 3 cups


  • 2 cups finely diced, peeled cucumber
  • 1/2cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/4cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 jalapeño (with seeds), finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Mix first five ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Stir in lime juice and oil.
  3. Season to taste with kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and more lime juice, if desired.


recipe from Bon Appetit Magazine, June 2012





  1. says

    Love this salsa! We have something similar down here (in Mexico) called aguachile. It’s made with cucumbers and lots of lime juice and chopped serrano chilies. You can eat it as a salsa to accompany any dish made with mariscos, OR you can add raw shrimp directly to the salsa and let them “cook” in the lime juice. It’s really good, but it’s also very spicy.

    I love that George Michael was your teenage crush! He was one of mine too, and I screamed when I saw him during the closing ceremony. :)
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