Thai Cucumber Salad with Cashews

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Thai Cucumber Salad with Cashews | A Couple Cooks

Thai Cucumber Salad with Cashews | A Couple Cooks Thai Cucumber Salad with Cashews | A Couple Cooks

We had grand plans for our garden this year–and while it started out strong, aside from herbs all we got were cucumbers. Before cucumber season is gone, here’s a recipe we whipped up on a whim one night with our garden plenty. It’s slightly spicy from the red curry paste, and a wonderful jumble of textures with the crunchy cucumbers and cashews. It’s a lovely end of summer salad before we (gulp) say hello to squash and pumpkin spices.

What are your favorite summer foods you’re making before the season changes?

Our {other} favorite cucumber salad: German Cucumber Salad (Gurkensalat)


Thai Cucumber Salad with Cashews

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 4


  • 3 cucumbers
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 green onions
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro, loosely packed
  • 1 ½ tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup cashew halves


  1. Peel the cucumbers in alternating strips. Cut them in half and scrape out the seeds with a spoon, then cut each half into crescent shapes. Season with ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and drain the slices in a colander while preparing the remainder of the salad. Then pat the slices dry with a paper towel.
  2. Dice the red pepper. Thinly slice 2 green onions. Roughly chop ½ cup cilantro.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 ½ tablespoons white wine vinegar. 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil, 2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste, and a few pinches of kosher salt. Place the vegetables in a bowl and pour over the dressing. Garnish with cashew halves. (Note: The salad is best served fresh. If prepared in advance, keep the cucumbers, cashews and dressing separate from other vegetables, then mix them together at the time of serving.)



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    September 16, 2015 at 8:09 am

    This looks amazing! I love anything Thai but especially salad!

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    September 16, 2015 at 9:45 am

    This looks so fresh, delicious, and crunch-tastic! Unfortunately, cucumbers were the one thing in our garden that completely died out, so I’ll have to snag some store-bought ones to make this. I’m sure it’ll still be fantastic, though!

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    September 16, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Yum! This looks so good! For real, I am going to make this tonight!

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    September 16, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I never know what to do with cucumbers. They’re always just an auxiliary vegetable for me- something to throw into salads if I have them, but never interesting enough to buy. It looks like I’m really missing out with my lack of cucumber enthusiasm. I’ll have to give this a go.

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    Sarah | Well and Full
    September 16, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I love cucumber salads! They’re always so refreshing. But sometimes they can be a little bland so I love the curry paste in this recipe :)

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    September 20, 2015 at 5:18 am

    Cucumbers have never looked more appetizing to me than they do in these pictures. What a clever salad! Definitely saving this one. And I love the new website design too.

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    Julie @ Cooks with Cocktails
    September 22, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    This looks right up my alley! I love Thai flavors and this one looks so original and delish. I want to try it stat! Love that you mixed cucumbers and cashews :)

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    Tina Elm
    September 22, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Modified this recipe so It would make two servings. I also added chopped rotisserie chicken breast that that I had leftover
    (hubby is a meat lover!). I stumbled onto this blog because I thought it was a “cooking for two” blog. So far I have been able to adjust all the recipes to keep from having too many leftovers. Love the style of writing, makes it very easy to follow. I also appreciate the recipes not having hard to find ingredients. Thanks.

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    January 12, 2016 at 1:45 am

    Made this as part of dinner tonight. So delicious!!!

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    October 13, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    This looks delicious and I love that there are so few ingredients needed! Thank you for sharing, I’ll be giving this beautiful salad a try! :)

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