Quick Salad: Cucumber with a Lemon and Peanut Dressing

Cucumber Salad with lemon and peanut dressing

Here’s a quick post and an even quicker salad to make! I love cucumber as a salad vegetable as its very refreshing, takes up flavors easily and is always available! Just chop it, sprinkle some salt and pepper or chaat masala and you are done! This salad, or rather ‘koshimbir’ as Maharashtrian salads are known, is typically also flavored with a ‘tadka’ or tempering of oil/ghee, cumin seeds, green chilli. But I opt out of the tempering a lot of times when making this salad just for myself, to cut back on the fat calories. Only pointer- don’t make this salad in advance as then all the water from the cucumber will leach out and the salad will be no fun. There are loads of tips where they ask you to drain out water from cucumber but I would strongly advise against it, as that’s how you also lose out on the micro-nutrients in the vegetable. Here’s how I make it!

You will need:

2 fresh cucumbers, chopped or grated
1 tbsp roasted and coarsely ground peanuts (you can add more peanuts but just keep in mind that it adds to the fat calories too! 🙂 )
1/2 green chilli, chopped fine
1 tsp toasted cumin seeds or cumin powder
1/2 tsp sugar (to balance the tang of the lemon)
2 tsp lemon juice (you can add more if you like your salad tangier)
salt to taste
some chopped coriander to garnish (I tend to add more as it adds to my salad)


– To the chopped/grated cucumber add all of the above ingredients, give it a good toss. Taste it, adjust seasoning. Garnish with coriander and serve! 🙂


About Amita

Nutritionist, Foodie, Mum.
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