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This cucumber salsa is cool and zesty, pairing this crunchy veggie with jalapeño, cilantro and lime. Ideal for chips, tacos, and more!

Cucumber Salsa

Here’s a unique salsa variation everyone should try: Cucumber Salsa! Using this green vegetable instead of tomato is a bit off the beaten path. But turns out, cucumber is just the veggie for pairing with jalapeño, cilantro and lime! It adds a cooling essence and a hydrating crunch to each bite. Zingy and zesty, it’s ideal for dipping chips or showering over tacos. Or, sprinkle it over grilled salmon for a summery meal. Anything goes here!

Ingredients in cucumber salsa

All you need are a handful of ingredients to make a killer cucumber salsa! Like with any salsa, the time is in the chopping. It takes about 15 minutes to chop all the ingredients: but the payoff is immense! Take one bite, and the zingy, crunchy cool flavor will sweep you off your feet. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • English cucumber (or standard cucumber; see below!)
  • Red bell pepper
  • Red onion
  • Jalapeño peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Cumin
  • Lime juice
  • Kosher salt
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English cucumber vs standard cucumber

This cucumber salsa is best with an English cucumber, but you can use a standard cucumber if that’s what you have on hand! What’s the difference and why is it better in this salsa?

  • English cucumbers are long and straight, with a thin skin with ridges. The seeds are very small and the flavor is sweeter than a standard cucumber. Because of the thin skin and small seeds, it doesn’t need to be peeled or seeded before eating! The flesh has a bright green color which looks beautiful in recipes. Because the thin skin is so fragile, it’s sold with a plastic covering in the grocery store.
  • Standard slicing cucumbers are shorter, with thick, dark green skin and very large seeds. The thick skin and seeds can be bitter, so they’re often removed when cooking. You can use it here, but you’ll need to peel and seed it first. The flavor is not quite the same as the English cucumber, but it’s still tasty!

How long does cucumber salsa last?

Homemade cucumber salsa lasts 4 days refrigerated. While it’s best when it’s fresh, it lasts well and the flavor intensifies over time.

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Ways to use cucumber salsa

This cucumber salsa is quite versatile: it’s great on its own as a dip, but it’s even more fun combined into a meal! Here are a few ways to serve it:

How do you plan to serve your cucumber salsa? Let us know in the comments below!

Chickpea tacos

More cucumber recipes

Got a few more cool cucumbers on hand? Here are some of our favorite cucumber recipes to use them:

This cucumber salsa recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Cucumber Salsa

Cucumber Salsa

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings (about 3 cups) 1x


This cucumber salsa is cool and zesty, pairing this crunchy veggie with jalapeño, cilantro and lime. Ideal for chips, tacos, and more!


  • 2 cups finely diced English cucumber (1 English cucumber or about 2 standard cucumbers, peeled and seeded)
  • ½ cup minced red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup minced red onion (about 1/4 large onion)
  • 1 to 2 jalapeño peppers, seeds removed (depending on your spice tolerance)*
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Chop the English cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, jalapeño peppers, and cilantro as noted above.
  2. Place the vegetables in a medium bowl and mix with the cumin, lime juice, and kosher salt. Taste and adjust flavors as desired. Serve immediately with chips, tacos or grilled fish. Stores refrigerated for up to 4 days.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Mexican inspired
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Cucumber salsa, cucumber salsa recipe

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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