Tropical Cucumber Salad

Tropical Cucumber Salad

8 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine May/June 2007

Combine cucumber, avocado and mango with a salty-sweet dressing for a taste of the tropics.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 3-5 teaspoons fish sauce, (see Shopping Tip)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 medium English cucumber, cut into 3/4-inch dice
  • 1 avocado, cut into 3/4-inch dice
  • 1 mango, cut into 3/4-inch dice (see Kitchen Tip)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


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  1. Whisk fish sauce to taste, lime zest, lime juice, oil, brown sugar, vinegar and crushed red pepper in a large bowl until combined. Add cucumber, avocado, mango and cilantro; gently toss to coat. Serve garnished with lime zest, if desired.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 hour.
  • Shopping Tip: Fish sauce is a pungent Southeast Asian condiment; find it in large supermarkets and Asian markets.
  • Kitchen Tip: To peel and cut a mango: 1. Slice both ends off the mango, revealing the long, slender seed inside. Set the fruit upright on a work surface and remove the skin with a sharp knife. 2. With the seed perpendicular to you, slice the fruit from both sides of the seed, yielding two large pieces. 3. Turn the seed parallel to you and slice the two smaller pieces of fruit from each side. 4. Cut the fruit into the desired shape.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1 cup
  • Per serving: 185 calories; 11 g fat(1 g sat); 5 g fiber; 22 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 89 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 14 g sugars; 2 g added sugars; 1157 IU vitamin A; 41 mg vitamin C; 30 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 305 mg sodium; 510 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fruit, 2 fat

Reviews 8

September 05, 2016
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By: Tawnya Morris Matthews
I wanted a recipe that came as close as possible to a salad I have at our Thai restaurant. This is the best! I added chopped scallions, a tbs of fresh grated ginger, 12 cherry tomatoes, deseeded and sliced and left out the avocado. I ate it all for dinner that evening!
August 24, 2016
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By: zimmernb
Amazing salad! Throw some cooked shrimp on top and you have a delicious dinner!
November 03, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious and Fresh tasting Light and fresh, I did modify somewhat. I used pineapple instead of mango (had in fridge) and I added red bell pepper, a jalapeno and some shredded lettuce leaves to give it more bulk as there was plenty of dressing..... Pros: Easy Cons: None
March 02, 2011
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By: mandorc
Amazing Flavors Amazing! I couldn't get enough. This by far is probably one of the best recipes on here. A must try!!! Pros: Healthy!!!
November 18, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This salad was great and went well with the Ginger-Coconut Chicken recipe! I would peel the cucumber, don't like the thick peel.
July 18, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I LOVE this salad! I added a bit more red pepper to spice things up a notch, but otherwise ran the recipe as is. If you are not going to serve it right away, I would suggest cutting the avocado and mango into larger pieces as they do tend to soften up a bit.
July 15, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Asian-inspired taste and super easy to make. A hit at potlucks always!
June 26, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This was really easy to make and a great hit with friends. I substituted the fish sauce with caramalized sugar water and added salt. It was perfect.