Cucumber Salad with Cilantro and Lime

This easy Everyday Cucumber Salad with Chili and Lime pairs well with so many things!  Vegan, paleo and Gluten-free! Cool and refreshing, serve it alongside grilled fish or meat. Great for Sunday meal prep - make a big batch and tuck it into tacos, buddha bowls or simply spoon it over a bowl of nutty quinoa during the busy workweek. Or bring it to a potluck for a healthy side dish. A delicious, seasonal companion to just about everything! #cucumber #cucumbersalad #potluck #mealprep #easy #healthy #batchcooking #vegan #paleo #glutenfree #lowcarb #lowcalorie

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Cucumber Salad with Cilantro Lime can be adapted to pair with most any ethnic cuisine. Here it’s seasoned with cilantro and lime but scroll down to the notes and discover all the possibilities. Cool and refreshing, this vegan cucumber salad is a delicious, healthy accompaniment to just about everything!


  • 2 large English Cucumbers (or 6 Persian cucumbers) thinly sliced (skin on) see notes.
  • ¼ of a red onion, very thinly sliced (or sub pickled red onion, or scallions)
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced (optional, see notes) 
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (or use lemon) 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Aleppo Chili flakes (optional, or regular chili flakes)
  • ½ teaspoon coriander (optional)
  • ½ bunch cilantro, or Italian parsley, or dill  (½ cup chopped, more to taste)


Place all ingredients in a bowl, and gently toss. Taste, adjust salt and acid. You want this to taste flavorful!

See recipe notes below for other flavor combinations.

This version above is a good “all around” salad- paring well with American, Middle Eastern or Mexican Food.

I love using a mandolin for the cucumbers and onion, for an extra thin slicing.

The salad with get very “juicy” as it sits in the fridge, and I like to use the flavorful juice over cooked quinoa or rice. It’s really flavorful and refreshing- so make sure to add enough salt and acid. 🙂


Cutting the cucumbers thicker with keep them stay crisper longer. I actually really like them cut thinly (⅛ inch)  and personally don’t mind when they get soft after a few days in the fridge…but this is my own personal preference.  If you prefer them to stay crispy, cut them into thicker, ¼ inch slices. 😉

For a Scandinavian twist, sub dill for the cilantro and lemon for the lime. Leave out the jalapeño.

Greek- Try mint and parsley with lemon, no jalapeño.

Middle Eastern – lemon instead of lime.

Mexican- add a pinch of chipotle powder for smokiness (start very light)


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