Asian Cucumber Salad


If you love papaya salad, then you will most definitely, LOVE this cucumber salad! It’s easy, fresh, and takes little time to prepare! It’s a little salty, tangy, and suuuuper spicy! Of course, you can control just how spicy you like it, but I say…GO BIG, OR GO HOME.


2 large cucumbers sliced julienne (about 14 ounces)

2 small pieces of garlic

2-20 red Thai chili peppers

1/2 tsp of chili flakes

1/4 tsp of shrimp paste

1 Tbsp of liquid prahok

1 Tbsp of good fish sauce

1/2 Tbsp of sugar

1 whole lime PLUS a half

cherry tomatoes, halved

mortar and pestle

msg (optional)


Place your garlic cloves into your mortar and begin to smash them, just until you can easily remove the peel. Add in your chili peppers, chili flakes, and shrimp paste, and pound them until you’ve created a paste. Add in your tomatoes, and gently pound them until you’ve released most of the juices from them. Add in your prahok, fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, and msg. Add in your cucumbers, and gently pound it, until combined. Adjust seasoning as needed. Serve immediately!