Spicy Cucumber and Jalapeño Salad

This spicy cucumber and jalapeño salad is an easy and refreshing side for any summer meal.

Spicy Cucumber and Jalapeño Salad

Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

This is my go-to salad for a light lunch because it doesn’t take a lot of time to make. It makes for a great side at barbecues throughout the summer. The sweet and sour tang with the refreshing crunch of cucumber is super satisfying to the palate and is a nice balance to heavier mains. 

Persian Cucumbers are Best

Use Persian cucumbers because they have a crisp center and tend to be less watery than other varieties. They are also petite, matching the size of the jalapeños. There is no need to peel them or remove their seeds. 

Spicy Cucumber and Jalapeno Salad on a Plate with a Halved Jalapeno and Utensils

Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

The Mandoline is Your Friend

Although a sharp chef’s knife and a cutting board is all you need to cut the cucumbers and jalapeños into very thin slices—about 1/16-inch—a mandoline is a great kitchen tool to lean on. It will help you get even slices and speed up prep time.

Spicy Cucumber and Jalapeño Salad

Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

Quick Tips for a Quick Salad

  • Use cold cucumbers, jalapeños, and cilantro straight from the fridge for a chilled salad that you can serve right away. 
  • The cucumbers will release some liquid naturally as they sit. This liquid is very tasty and can be used as a light dressing for salads or even over cold noodles.

Easy Substitution Ideas

This recipe is easy to tweak based on the veggies you have on hand. 

  • Persian Cucumber: Use thin-skinned cucumbers like English or Japanese. They are waterier. Instead of rounds, slice them thinly into half-moon or quarters so that they are about the width of the sliced jalapeños.
  • Jalapeños: Serrano chilis are a great alternative, though you can use any fresh chilis you have around and like. 
  • Rice Vinegar: Use white, apple cider, or champagne vinegar.
  • Agave: Replace with granulated sugar.
Spicy Cucumber and Jalapeño Salad with Utensils

Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

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Spicy Cucumber and Jalapeño Salad

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4 servings
Yield 4 cups

I typically leave the seeds in the jalapeños, but if you would like it less spicy, feel free to take them out.


  • 8 small Persian cucumbers, cut into 1/16-inch rounds (about 4 cups)

  • 4 small jalapeños, cut into 1/16-inch rounds (about 1 cup)

  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons agave syrup, plus more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste


  1. Combine the ingredients: 

    In a medium bowl, combine the cucumbers, jalapeños, cilantro, rice vinegar, agave, and salt. Toss well to combine.

    Sliced Cucumbers in a Bowl Next to a Cup of Agave and Smaller Bowls with Jalapeno Slices, Herbs, and Salt for Spicy Cucumber and Jalapeno Salad

    Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

    Spicy Cucumber and Jalapeño Salad with a Small Bowl of Salt Next to It

    Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

  2. Serve: 

    Taste and adjust seasoning with agave and salt as needed. Serve immediately.

    Leftovers can be stored tightly covered in the fridge for 2 days. The cucumbers will lose their crispiness, but they will still be delicious.

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    Spicy Cucumber and Jalapeno Salad

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
65 Calories
0g Fat
15g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 65
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 533mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 32mg 162%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 220mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.