Easy Cucumber Salsa Recipe - a fresh, flavorful salsa made with a tangy vinaigrette. Perfect for scooping with tortilla chips or adding to chicken, fish, or shrimp.
Although you can find cucumbers at your market year-round, they're in season now and you'll likely find a bowl of this fresh-tasting cucumber salsa in my fridge on any given day this summer.
Why This Recipe Works
This salsa is so good! The cucumbers add a whole new level of freshness. Combine them with bell peppers, onions, jalapeños, and garlic, it's so refreshing and delicious!
It's perfect for eating with tortilla chips, as a side dish, or as a topping for chicken or fish.
- Cucumbers: Use any type of cucumbers you have available to you.
- Onion: I use red onions which are mild in flavor.
- Bell pepper: Peppers add a little extra flavor and crunch to the salsa. I love using red peppers, but yellow and orange would be delicious too.
- Cilantro: If you're not a fan of cilantro, feel free to add fresh parsley instead.
- Garlic: One clove of garlic is the perfect amount to use.
- Jalapeños: I love adding jalapeños to my salsa because I love the little bit of heat it brings. You can leave them out altogether, if you prefer.
- Lime juice: Fresh squeezed lime juice is best but bottled will work too.
- Olive oil: I always use extra virgin olive oil in my salsa vinaigrette recipes. Extra virgin olive oil is the least processed form of olive oil. It is an unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. Because of the way extra virgin olive oil is made, it retains a more true olive taste. It also contains more of the vitamins and minerals found in olives. It's my favorite type of olive oil to use but you may use light olive oil instead.
- Salt and black pepper: For flavor.
How To Make Cucumber Salsa
This fresh garden salsa couldn't be easier to make. It's similar to pico de gallo. Here's all you do:
- Chop all of the vegetables and add them to a large bowl.
- Whisk together a little lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper and drizzle it over the vegetables.
Frequently Asked Questions
This cucumber salsa recipe yields approximately 3 cups, not exactly a single serving. However, I've included it on One Dish Kitchen because it's a wonderful recipe and will keep in the fridge, covered for 4 days. You'll probably find like I do, that it's eaten well before that time.
Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients
If you have any ingredients leftover from this cucumber salsa recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes.
- Cucumbers: Cucumber Salad
- Red onions: Fresh Tomato Salad, Steak Fajitas, Greek Salad
- Red pepper: Ratatouille, Pasta Salad, Sausage and Peppers Sheet Pan Meal
- Cilantro: Carne Asada, Breakfast Burritos, Chicken Tagine
- Garlic: Black Bean Soup, Mashed Potatoes, Broiled Tomatoes
- Jalapeños: Guacamole Salad, Saag Paneer, Guacamole
- Lime juice: Key Lime Pie, Margarita, Lime Posset
- Olive oil: Vegetable Soup, Caprese Salad, Spinach Manicotti
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- 2 medium cucumbers , peeled and diced
- ½ red onion , chopped
- 1 red pepper , seeded and diced
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 2 tablespoons diced jalapenos
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
- Mix the cucumber, red onion, red pepper, cilantro, garlic and jalapeno in a medium bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Pour over the vegetables and toss to coat evenly.
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