Ridiculously Tasty Thai Cucumber Salad with Peanuts

Regular readers know we are huge fans of “Asian” cuisine–Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, or whatever imaginary Asian fusion dish someone has put together.  Many Asian dishes have a terrific flavor, without necessarily having a bunch of fat, sugar, or other carbs–especially if you skip the noodles and rice (unless you use low/no-carb shirataki noodles or rice).  And since Colleen’s diabetes diagnosis, we’ve really been trying to avoid the carbs and sugars, even more than the fats and the calories.

If you’re looking for a cold side as an accompaniment to an Asian dish like our Sriracha Grilled Chicken or our Spicy Slow Cooker Thai Pork, cucumber is a good place to start.  I’ve previously written about my Sunomono Salad, but I now have another favorite–Thai Cucumber Salad.  While not quite as easy as the Sunomono, it is pretty darn close, and can be done in 20 minutes or less, if you’re organized.

And with the ability to customize the heat of the dish with thai chilis or red pepper flakes, it is definitely more than just another cucumber salad!

Thai Cucumber Salad

Cucumber sliced.

Thai Cucumber Salad

All the “dry” ingredients together in a bowl. Mix “wet” ingredients in a smaller bowl, until you’re ready to combine and serve.

Thai Cucumber Salad

Thai Cucumber Salad tossed and ready to serve!

Ridiculously Easy Thai Cucumber Salad
 
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Easy and Tasty Thai Cucumber Salad with red onion, peanuts, and chiles is a great accompaniment to an Asian meat dish.
16g carbs and 5 Weight Watchers Points+ per serving.
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 medium or 2 large English Cucumbers, halved, seeded, and sliced
  • ¼ Cup Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar or Splenda
  • 2 Thai Chiles (or sub Serranos or dried chilis)
  • 1 Garlic Clove, diced or grated
  • 2 Tbsp Canola Oil (I sub 1 Tbsp Canola and 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil)
  • 1 Cup Cilantro, chopped
  • ½ Cup Roasted Peanuts
  • ½ Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • Kosher Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Whisk lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, chiles, garlic and oil together in a small bowl.
  2. Toss seeded and sliced cucumbers with cilantro, peanuts, and onion in a larger bowl.
  3. Combine salad and dressing and toss again.
  4. Add salt to taste.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼th of Salad Calories: 195 Fat: 14g Saturated fat: 2g Unsaturated fat: 4g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 16g Sugar: 6g Sodium: 692mg Fiber: 4g Protein: 5g Cholesterol: 0mg

 

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