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Sweet Chili Cucumbers and Onions

Sweet Chili Cucumbers and Onions ~ Fresh garden cucumbers and red onion mixed in an Asian-inspired vinaigrette of rice vinegar and sweet chili sauce.Sweet Chili Cucumbers and Onions ~ Fresh garden cucumbers and red onion mixed in an Asian-inspired vinaigrette of rice vinegar and sweet chili sauce ~ The Complete Savorist  Two garden fresh cucumbers screamed out at me to use them.  A red onion followed suit.  They begged, I complied, and created one of my most favorite concoctions to date.  This was so simple, extremely quick, but packed a wallop of flavor.

I was making grilled chicken with some Asian flavors and had some jasmine rice I wanted to use up. The cucumbers and onion just worked themselves into this wonderful dish.  Sweet, tangy, and tiny bit of heat.  If a dish can be refreshing, this one was refreshing.To be perfectly honest, I would be more than content to just eat this salad (?) straight from the bowl, all on its own.  It was that good.  Tomorrow I will share the chicken recipe with you and the dish fully assembled.  But since these cucs and onions were so good solo, I felt they deserved their own post.
Sweet Chili Cucumbers and Onions ~ Fresh garden cucumbers and red onion mixed in an Asian-inspired vinaigrette of rice vinegar and sweet chili sauce ~ The Complete Savorist Oh and with the left over salad, I did just eat it on my own. And then I made it again when I made a traditional Vietnamese dish, Mint and Ginger Chicken. This might be one of my new favorite dishes when I have left over cucumbers from the summer bounty. It comes together so incredibly fast, that I just can’t go wrong. I know you will love this Sweet Chili Cucumber and Onion salad.
Sweet Chili Cucumbers and Onions ~ Fresh garden cucumbers and red onion mixed in an Asian-inspired vinaigrette of rice vinegar and sweet chili sauce ~ The Complete Savorist Sweet Chili Cucumbers and Onions ~ Fresh garden cucumbers and red onion mixed in an Asian-inspired vinaigrette of rice vinegar and sweet chili sauce ~ The Complete Savorist

Sweet Chili Cucumbers and Onions

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 2 cucumbers; thinly sliced (or however you’d like them)
  • 1/2 cup red onion; thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp . rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp . sweet chili sauce
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt/pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add the cucumbers and onions to a medium sized bowl.
  2. In a smaller bowl, combine the vinegar, sweet chili sauce, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Whisk together well and pour over the cucumbers and onions.
  4. Toss them all together well and cover.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Sweet Chili Cucumbers and Onions ~ Fresh garden cucumbers and red onion mixed in an Asian-inspired vinaigrette of rice vinegar and sweet chili sauce ~ The Complete Savorist Sweet Chili Cucumbers and Onions ~ Fresh garden cucumbers and red onion mixed in an Asian-inspired vinaigrette of rice vinegar and sweet chili sauce ~ The Complete Savorist

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    janelle
    August 20, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Looks good. Bright and cheery dish!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 20, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks Janelle, it was rather tasty.

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    Cindy Gordon
    August 20, 2014 at 9:14 am

    This looks great, I LOVE the color! What a fun combo of foods

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 20, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      Thank you Cindy. It was a vibrant dish.

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    Kelly @ Tasting Page
    August 20, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Love this recipe and I’m so happy you didn’t add sugar. I’ve pinned and am anxious to try!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 20, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      Kelly, I am happy you love the recipe, but while I did not add any sugar, sugar is an ingredient in the sweet chili sauce. There was no corn syrup though.

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    Rachael @ Set the Table
    August 20, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I love side dishes like this that are flavorful, easy, and fresh. What a great way to use up cucumbers from my garden!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 20, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      Rachael, yes, this is the perfect way to use up some of those abundant cucs. I hope you and your family enjoy this.

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    Naomi
    August 21, 2014 at 5:02 am

    I love simple! Looks so delicious, love the idea of a bit of spice in there!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you Naomi. It is super simply.

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    Kim - Liv LIfe
    August 21, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Oh yes!! I’ve had a version of this made with all rice vinegar, but I’m loving the chili sauce in here. And I love that you don’t have added sugar. Making it!!!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 25, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Thank you Kim. I love sweet chili sauce, which does have sugar in it, but I did not add any additional sugar.

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    Dionne Baldwin
    August 22, 2014 at 12:03 am

    I am really liking the use of rice vinegar and the cucumber red onion combination has me very curious to try this! I hope I can get my hands on some fresh cucumbers. 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 25, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you Dionne, hope you are able to find some cucumbers. This dish is worth the hunt.

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    Nicole
    August 23, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Really nice recipe so simple but tasty love the colour combinations.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 25, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      I too love the color. Green and purple are my two favorites. ;-). This is a super simple dish to make.

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    Healing Tomato
    August 23, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I can use this as a falafal topping. What a great idea.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 25, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you HT. I think this would be great on a falafel.

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    Ellen @ From Scratch
    August 23, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Looks so refreshing! Can’t wait to try this one!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 25, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      I hope you enjoy this as much as I did, Ellen.

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