Spicy Cucumbers and Peanuts

spicy cucumbers and peanuts


  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cucumber, cut into slices about 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño chili, thinly sliced
  • Leaves from 1/4 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbs. roasted peanuts


  • Combine the vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper in a small pot.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low.
  • Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.
  • Remove from the heat and let cool completely.
  • Place the cucumber slices, onion and chili  in a large bowl and pour in the vinegar mixture. Stir to coat well. Leave the bowl out at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, to blend the flavors.
  • Right before serving, coarsely chop the cilantro and the peanuts. Add the cilantro to the salad and stir. Top with the peanuts right before serving.
  • Serve at room temperature. Serves 4.