Sweet Vietnamese cucumber salad

Sweet Vietnamese cucumber salad

Green Kitchen Travels

When our daughter was nine months old, we spent two weeks in a tiny bungalow on the Vietnamese island Phu Quoc, without any hot water and with only three hours of electricity each day. We didn’t fully realise what we had got ourselves into until we arrived there, and as large spiders climbed our mosquito net at night and scorpions crawled outside our door (true story), we started to question if we were taking our adventure a few steps too far. Looking back, those two weeks actually turned out to be the best part of the trip. We didn’t get any animal bites (if you don’t count the mosquitoes) and we got to eat some of the most fantastic and authentic Vietnamese food at the local wood-fired restaurant. Apart from summer rolls, noodle soups and stir-fries, we also had a variation of this delicious cucumber salad every night. It might look simple, but the sweet Vietnamese flavours make this salad the perfect accompaniment. A touch of honey, sesame oil, fresh coriander (cilantro), lime and chilli make the cucumber, radishes and pea sprouts dance in your mouth.


Quantity Ingredient
1 cucumber
5 radishes
1 handful coriander, leaves picked and torn
1 handful pea sprouts
1/2 fresh chilli, seeded and very thinly sliced
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon clear honey
1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  1. Rinse the cucumber well in water and pat dry. Divide lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Slice the cucumber and radishes thinly using a mandolin or a sharp knife and place in a bowl.
  2. Add the coriander, pea sprouts and chilli and toss gently. Drizzle with sesame oil, lime juice and honey. Toss gently again. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve.
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