Balinese Cucumber Peanut Salad

Light Refreshing and Easy To Make

Cool down with this light refreshing Balinese Cucumber Peanut Salad and you’ll feel your cares and worries disappear. You might even imagine you are relaxing on a South Sea beach somewhere and hear the ocean waves lap on the sand.

Or just add this quick and easy dish to your outdoor barbecue for a light taste. It goes perfectly with grilled ribs, pork chops, fish and chicken. The lightness of the cucumber has a thirst quenching quality that is a perfect foil for hot and spicy sauces.

We like it with Mexican style foods, too!


3 tablespoons dry roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
1 cucumber, long English
1 large regular cucumber
1/4 sweet onion, large, such as Vidalia
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoon sugar, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste


The Peanuts:

  1. Set a dry skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the peanuts and heat until lightly browned, about 2 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally.
  3. Transfer to a plate to cool.

Preparing the cucumber:

  1. Peel and seed the cucumber. Not necessary to seed the long English cucumber.
  2. Cut the cucumber crosswise into 3-inch sections, then lengthwise into spaghetti-thin strips.
  3. Cut the onion into as thin crosswise slices as possible.

Making the dressing:

  1. Combine the vinegar, sugar, and salt in a serving bowl and whisk until the sugar and salt are dissolved.
  2. Taste for seasoning, adding sugar or salt as necessary; the dressing should be both tart and sweet.

Stir in the cucumber and onion.
Sprinkle the salad with the peanuts and serve.

Save some money by using regular peanuts and  in place of the pricier dry roasted ones.

Enjoy a whole Balinese feast with recipes here. I love their version of the salad with lime juice and apples added.

I like the cucumber to be chilled but I had a friend who during his university days worked on a farm. He said the best thing on hot days when they were working in the fields was to pick a hot cucumber and devour it! Most refreshing thing ever! Heck, he was a PHd student so he should know! So maybe a cucumber picked fresh from the garden would work more than fine.

Either way, chilled or warm from the sun, enjoy your Balinese Cucumber Peanut Salad.

Don't forget to close your eyes and feel those cooling island breezes.

If you share this recipe for Balinese Cucumber Peanut Salad, please know we appreciate it. Your hot friends will, too. Thanks!

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