Confetti Cucumber Salsa

I love growing cucumbers, truly I do! But boy are they prolific. With just one Persian cucumber plant I have enough cucumbers for the neighborhood. If you too are a summer gardener faced with the same dilemma of too many cucumbers, or if you just love the taste of cool and crunchy cucumbers, here’s an easy and fun way to use them, in a colorful salsa!

With a little mint, some finely chopped red onion, red bell pepper, and jalapeño, this cucumber salsa is cool and light, perfect for the summer, and lovely with grilled chicken, fish, or shrimp.

Confetti Cucumber Salsa Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 2 cups of salsa

Some individual jalapeños refuse to be hot. Others will light your mouth on fire. If you find yourself with a dud, just add some red pepper flakes to the salsa to your desired level of hotness.



  • 1 large cucumber or 2 small cucumbers (about 1/2 pound to 3/4 pound total), seeded and finely diced (peel first if the cucumber is thick-skinned, leave peel on if thin-skinned)
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red, orange, or yellow bell pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeño (more to taste)


To make the salsa, place all of the salsa ingredients into a medium bowl, and gently stir to combine. Taste and add more jalapeño if you desire more heat.

Keeps for several days, covered and chilled in the refrigerator.

Perfect for serving with grilled chicken or seafood.

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  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    I really like addition of mint.

  • ~ Carmen ~

    This reminds me somewhat of a Persian dish my mum makes. Yum. Love the cucumber. :] //

  • Robert

    I whipped up a very similar salad last month for my sweetie. Instead of the bell pepper I used roasted red bell pepper. My secret ingredient was mango. Also, a little heavier on the jalapeno and sushi vinegar. She loved it! I’m now preparing it once a week.

  • Julie

    One thing we would sometimes do with cucumbers (because they are so prolific and you run out of ideas of what to do with them!) is actually let them grow out and become big cucumbers then use them in soup – boil water with some small pork riblets, add diced cucumber and salt. The cucumber cooks almost instantly and this is one of those easy soups my mother would make at home during the summer. It’s also good when cold, which is a plus for hot summer days.

    The soup itself actually uses a slightly different type of cucumber-like melon, but those are not found in the U.S. (to the best of my knowledge) and a big cucumber tastes similar enough.

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