Lime and Cilantro Cucumber Salad



  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • Black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cucumbers, very finely sliced
  • 4 tablespoons minced cilantro (or to taste)


Dice the jalapeno and garlic, and add to a medium-sized bowl. Add fresh lime juice, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper. Use a whisk to incorporate olive oil. Set aside. Finely slice the cucumbers. Use a mandolin if you have it, but a very sharp knife will also do the trick. (See photos below.) Add the cucumbers to the dressing and stir. Finely mince the cilantro and add it to the bowl. Stir to combine. You can either let it sit in the fridge to marinate for a couple hours or serve immediately. If you let it sit in the fridge, allow it to come to room temperature before serving.