Sweet and Spicy Cucumbers

I generally don’t like salads that are sweet, but this one is definitely an exception!  It’s fairly simple to make and stays good for a day or two in the fridge.  I love the spiciness of the crushed red pepper.  Fresh mint tastes good in this too, but since you’re adding dried mint, it’s not essential.  Since it’s sweet and spicy, I usually make this with Thai food or some other Asian themed heavy meal.


1/3 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes (pizza pepper)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp dried mint
2 lbs cucumbers, chopped into small cubes
1/4 cup red onion, chopped fine (optional)
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped fine
2 tbsp parsley, chopped fine
2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped fine (optional)


1.  In a large bowl, mix the white vinegar, sugar, red pepper flakes, salt, and dried mint until the sugar dissolves.

2.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix well until all the cucumbers are coated.

3.  Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.



  1. Yum! Great idea. I didn’t have enough red pepper flakes, so I chopped up a small jalepeno. It turned out really well and I bet it will be even better tomorrow .

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