White plate with salad of sliced cucumbers, red chili and green onions covered in red chili sauce.

Spicy 5-minute cucumber salad

  • Author: Denise
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Spicy 5-minute cucumber salad in 6 ingredients is the perfect oil free, healthy side dish. Fiery sambal oelek with lime adds zest to your meal in minutes.



  • 1 cucumber, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 red chili, thinly sliced
  • 3 green onions (scallions), thinly slice the white parts
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 12 tsp. sambal oelek (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 2 tsp. agave syrup or another liquid sweetener


  1. Cut the cucumber in half and then slice each half lengthwise. Using a small spoon, deseed the cucumber. Lay each quarter flat on the cutting board and slice into thin, half moons.
  2. Thinly slice the red chili. If you want to remove the seeds to reduce the heat, cut the chili in half lengthwise and remove the seeds, then slice thinly.
  3. Thinly slice the green onions.
  4. Place everything in a small dish.
  5. In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup lime juice, 2 tsp. agave syrup (or other sweetener) and 1-2 tsp. sambal oelek.
  6. Add the dressing to the cucumber, pepper and onions. Mix well and serve.


  • Red chilis add extra heat and color to this salad; however, you can substitute a jalapeno or leave the chili out and rely on the sambal oelek for the spiciness (you may want to adjust the amount).
  • Although I prefer lime juice, I first had this dish with lemon juice. This requires adding extra sweetener if you go that direction.
  • This salad could also be made with sweet shallots or red onions rather than green onions. Aim for no more than ¼ cup.
  • Category: On the Side
  • Cuisine: Indonesian

Keywords: spicy 5-minute cucumber salad