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Mexican Cucumber Salad Recipe

Here is a simple Mexican cucumber salad recipe that makes a light lunchtime meal in terms of keeping the calories down and overall healthy eating. We know a lot of people just don’t have a lot of time at lunch, so try this Mexican cucumber salad instead of going to the bother of preparing sandwiches or soup, and enjoy the tasty, fresh flavors it offers in every mouthful.

Bright Fresh Flavors

You will experience a nice blend of flavors in this zesty Mexican cucumber salad and with one bite you are definitely south of the border in terms of taste.

Crunchy cucumbers, red and green bell peppers, tangy tomatoes (organic if possible, for a better flavor) and corn blended with a hint of fire with cumin and cilantro combine to make this tasty south of the border dish. It is so delicious and so infused with flavor you’ll be dancing around the sombrero in delight.

Serve this Mexican cucumber salad as a first course to a traditional Mexican main meal. Pass the crunchy tortilla chips and the chilled frozen margaritas, and you are all set for a wonderful meal. Just follow it up with your favorite Mexican entree and sides and do not forget the dessert at the end.

Take the first bite and the flavors dance across the taste buds. You can almost hear the Mariachi band in the distance. This delicious Mexican cucumber salad brings the flavors of Mexico to your table for all to enjoy. Guests will be yelling ‘Ole!’ at this taste sensation on a plate. Make sure to have plenty of chilled margaritas or fruited sangria to enjoy with your south of the border taste sensation. Alternatively just keep things simple and make this for lunch instead of as an appetizer. It goes just great with tortillas on the side.

Zesty Mexican Cucumber Salad Recipe
Summary: If you want to combine fresh produce with Mexican herbs and spices, try this dish which includes cumin, garlic, cilantro, and various fresh salad veggies, for a perfect result.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 6
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 chopped cucumber
  • 1 chopped red bell pepper
  • 8¾ oz can whole kernel corn (drained) (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 lb chopped fresh tomatoes (organic if possible)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Toss the cucumber with the corn (if using), green bell pepper, red bell pepper, and red wine vinegar.
  2. Season with the red pepper flakes, garlic, cumin, cilantro, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Sprinkle the tomatoes on top.
  4. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.
  5. Sprinkle over some fresh cilantro or dried chives before serving if liked.

Photo Description:

Fresh produce is a key component in Mexican cuisine, and this recipe certainly includes plenty of lovely salad vegetables. The dressing is made with garlic, cilantro, cumin, red pepper flakes, and red wine vinegar. You can feel free to swap the tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, and corn, for other salad ingredients. You can see in the picture we omitted the corn kernels. Consider adding black olive slices, radishes or perhaps artichoke hearts. This makes a nice appetizer or side dish, or you could serve it for lunch, perhaps with some crusty bread or warmed-up tortillas on the side.

Picture, recipes and/or content upgraded and edited: 03-30-16

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

We have everything from appetizers and snacks to soups, drinks, entrées, and much more. You will find everything from mild dishes to super-spicy ones, simple recipes based on fresh ingredients up to more complex ones suitable for a dinner party.

Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

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