Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad

Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad is a type of side salad made out of thinly sliced cucumber dressed with a sweet and spicy vinegar.

Spicy Sweet Cucumber Salad

With some of the Philippine grilled or fried meat and seafood dishes a side dish like this recipe will be a good pair, the sour and sweet taste of this salad gives a good balance of flavours which evens out the oily and sometimes salty dish. So if you are planning to have some of those dishes give this a try and if you do not fancy this you can also try this other sour salad side dishes like atchara  and ensaladang talong, trust me it will definitely liven up what you are eating.

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Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Free Style


Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad is a type of side salad made out of thinly sliced cucumber dressed with a sweet and spicy vinegar.


  • 2 Medium Telegraph Cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 5 chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a bowl mix together vinegar, chillies, sugar, salt sesame oil, and freshly ground black pepper
  2. Add cucumbers into the bowl and mix to coat evenly with the vinegar sauce.
  3. Place in bowl then serve.


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  1. peachkins says:

    I love this both as a sidedish and a snack…

  2. I love sweet and sour cucumber salad!
    :-) Mandy

  3. Henry says:

    I know its healthy but I do not eat cucumber for some reason, haha.

  4. Kristy says:

    I love the vinegar in this recipe. I”m sure I would love it. And it’s so light and healthy too. :)

  5. ceciliag says:

    perfect, i eat this almost every day in the summer as soon as i start picking the cucumbers.. i am so looking forward to the summer and all the good food! c

  6. So simple and just one of those fantastic dishes!

  7. PolaM says:

    I think I’ve seen something similar recently, I’m wondering where…. ;)

    I love the addition of chili, I guess that is the difference between the German and the Filipino version…

  8. Eri says:

    I dont know what telegraph cucumbers are! Anyways, your salad looks so refreshing!

  9. Simply Tia says:

    This is good, healthy stuff. I like!

  10. I just love a cucumber salad. It’s fresh, clean, and so wonderful to eat. Wonderful recipe

  11. Joanne says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE cucumber salads like this. Delicious!

  12. meri says:

    I eat cucumbers every single day. really, every day. I might have to shake things up with this recipe! Thanks!

  13. I can imagine this going very well with a schnitzel! Mmmm

  14. I make this most of the time though some variances in the ingredients added inside. Its great as a side dish for our white rice.

  15. Kathryn says:

    I do a really plain version of this–just the cucumbers, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper–and its simplicity is such a welcome complement to heavy or spicy or oily foods, but I agree that a little pizzazz would be a great plus as well, so I may just put in those chiles next time!

  16. foodjaunts says:

    Ooo, I’ve never had this but definitely want to try it. I love cucumbers but unfortunately my husband hates them (completely weird I know). I’m going to make this next time I head up to my family’s. Do you soften the chilies in water first or just use them dried?

  17. Perfect – can´t wait for summer and a garden full of cucumbers!

  18. I love pickles like this because as you say, it really helps to cut through the richness of fatty (read: yummy) food.

  19. instead of eating junkfood, this would be more delicious and healthy..

  20. Dear Raymund,

    I love this in summer and my tendency is to add more fresh chillies to make it spicy and sour :)

  21. Wonder if this is very similar to Thai cucumber salad – I just had it a few days ago… seems similar but never had seen Thai cucumber salad recipe so I can’t tell. I love that salad, and I bet I can eat a lot of this salad. Will give this a try very soon!

  22. I really like the amount of vinegar and the dried chillies in this recipe. I’ll bet hot, fresh chillies would be great too. Thanks for this.

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