Thai Cucumber and Pineapple Salad

Thai Cucumber and Pineapple Salad


While I was at the grocery store I noticed that they still had cheap pineapples and I remembered coming across the idea of a Thai pineapple and cucumber salad while I was researching the Thai pineapple fried rice that I made recently. Using pineapple in a salad had sounded like a good idea and I remembered wanting to try it out. I started with the base of the salad being the pineapple and the cucumber and from there I added a bunch of fresh herbs including some green onions, cilantro and mint. For the dressing I went with some pretty classic Thai flavours including fish sauce, lime juice, a birds eye chili and some palm sugar to round things out. I also had a large red chili that needed to be used so I threw that in as well though the birds eye chili certainly provided enough heat. The cucumber and pineapple salad turned out really nice! With both the cucumber and the pineapple being nice and cool and juicy this salad is perfect for warm summer days. The dressing was a really nice balance of salty, tart, and spicy hot and the sweetness of the pineapple balanced it out really nicely. The chopped up birds eye chili was one of my favorite parts of this salad as every once in a while you would get hit by and intense burst of heat but then the next bite would be full of juicy, quenching pineapple and cucumber.

Thai Cucumber and Pineapple Salad

(makes 2 salads)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 pineapple (peeled, cored and cut into bite sized pieces)
1/2 cucumber (peeled and cut into bite sized pieces)
2 green onions (sliced)
1 handful cilantro
1 handful mint (chopped)
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 lime (juice and zest)
1 teaspoon palm sugar (grated or sugar)
1 birds eye chili (chopped)
1 handful peanuts (roasted and chopped, optional)

Directions:
1. Mix the pineapple, cucumber, green onions, cilantro and mint in a large bowl.
2. Mix the fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and chili in a small bowl.
3. Toss the salad in the dressing to coat.
4. Serve garnished with chopped roasted peanuts.

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33 comments:

daphne said...

yum! Love the thai flavours in it and of course the tangy pineapple. I always associate pineapple with sunshine too!

meeso said...

Excellent salad, looks beautiful, awesome presentation!

Nicole said...

yummo!! I love pineapple. Might make this when summer comes back around

toni said...

Oh, wow! Perfect combo - sweet, spicy and that crunch of peanut with the cool mint thing - yes!

Jackie at PhamFatale.com said...

You like it hot :) I absolutely love the colors. Add some shredded chicken and a little dry roasted jasmin rice and you'll have some Vietnamese gỏi. It's oh so good. Check my veggie version at http://www.phamfatale.com/id_349/title_Bi-Chay-Shredded-Tofu-and-Crispy-Mock-Pork/

Anncoo said...

Yummy! This is one of my favourite.
You're getting more like a Thai now.

nita scot said...

looks and sounds delicious. love the combination of flavors, sweet and spicy

Treehouse Chef said...

Beautiful salad. Never thought of this combination before, which is why I like reading your blog. I always learn so much. Great Recipes!!!

Nina Timm said...

Great balance of tastes here!!! Heat and cold....perfect!!!

Ann said...

Such an awesome color combo there Kevin!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A delightful salad! Very refreshing! a great combo...

Cheers,

Rosa

Conor said...

I love the mint leaf perched so daintily in the front.

Arch said...

The picture is wonderful as always...I love pineapple in salads, its such a fresh juicy bite...

Jo said...

Such great flavours for a refreshing salad. Delicious and love the pics.

♥peachkins♥ said...

it looks like a medley of sweet sour and spicy!! I love it!

Dana said...

What a gorgeous salad! I make Asian food frequently and am always looking for a good salad to serve alongside.

amandalouden said...

WOW! I love those colors!

Saee Koranne-Khandekar said...

Look at those colors! Sounds wonderful!

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

Sounds divine!
Char

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
I just stumbled upon your blog and I am going to add you to my favorites so that I can keep coming back. Your food photographs are awesome and your recipes come across as simple to follow. I love how diverse they are!
~First timer

Jennifer said...

Now that is vibrant!! I love the mix of thai flavors in this salad! great salad for summer!

Pam said...

Wow - what a stunning photo Kevin! I am loving the colors and flavors used int his salad.

Pam said...

I adore thai cucumber salads and I'm sure the addition of pineapple would only make me love it more!

Jeff said...

I have pineapples coming out of the ying yang. Trying to find new uses for them because one can eat so many refrigerator pickles before it gets old. Love the idea!

Soma said...

Sounds good. I do not like fish sauce, so i would do it without. love the peanuts in it.

Parker said...

Wonderful fresh flavors.

LoralieS said...

This was a terrific salad! Couldn't find a red chile so I used a jalapeno. Reminds me of a salad I make every summer with watermelon, cucmber, mint and balsamic vinegar. Thanks for the recipe.

Cara said...

I love the beautiful colors here!

the happy couple said...

sounds like an interesting flavor combo. btw your pics are beautiful. thanks for stopping by my blog!

Debbie said...

This looks so refreshing. There is no food better than Thai, I'm still learning how to get the flavors right but it is the only type of food I'm willing to eat out. Can't wait to give this one a try.

aubrey said...

This was delicious and pretty- I liked it so much that I'll be making it again to bring a bbq next week. Thanks!

Alta said...

Oh, yummy! I saw this was on Saveur.com today, congratulations! And I really need to make this!

Anonymous said...

I just made this and yum yum yum! I did not have fresh pineapple, so I used a drained can of chunks, and soy sauce since I didnt have fish sauce. I also through in a red bell pepper for color. I will be making this again soon! Thank you!

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