Spicy Cucumber Salad

This cucumber salad side dish goes great as a spicy accompaniment to grilled or roasted chicken or fish.

Spicy Cucumber Salad

This cucumber salad side dish goes great as a spicy accompaniment to grilled or roasted chicken or fish.


  • 1 jalapeno pepper (seeds included, finely minced)
  • 2 large cucumbers (peeled and seeds removed, cut in 1/8” slices)
  • ¼ clove garlic (finely minced)
  • 1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup fresh dill (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds (toasted)
  • 2 tbsp black sesame seeds (toasted)


  • To remove the seeds on the cucumber, cut the peeled cucumber in half lengthwise
  • Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds from the center of each half.
  • Cut each half into 1/8” slices
  • Season slices with salt and mix gently in a bowl
  • Allow to rest for 20 minutes.
  • Drain out excess water after 20 minutes.
  • Allow the minced garlic to sit with the lemon juice and lemon zest for 10 minutes.
  • Combine the salted cucumber with the minced jalapeno, cayenne pepper, Greek yogurt, minced garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice, fresh dill, and toasted poppy seeds.
  • Garnish each serving with toasted black sesame seeds.


The heat level can be augmented based on your desired spice level.
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