Cucumber Salsa

So I’ve really been craving cucumbers lately. With lime. And Salt. And something spicy. They’re so refreshing and fresh and I’m assuming good for you, right? The standard go-to snack of cucumber wedges with salt and lime juice is always delicious. But today I thought that cucumbers might make a great salsa as well.

No surprise there. I think anything could make a great salsa. You could feed me laundry detergent salsa and I’d probably like it. Turns out, cucumber salsa is fantastic. With plenty of salt and lime juice, plus the heat from a Serrano chili, I was set for snack-time.

This only works with really finely diced cucumbers. You want as much surface area as possible to coat the cukes in the salt and lime juice. It will be a lil’ bland if you have giant chunks of cukes hanging out in the bowl.

To start, slice your cucumbers lengthwise and remove the seeds with a spoon. Then, cut it into long, thin strips and dice it down into bits. Toss the cucumber in a bowl with the red onion (also finely diced), lime juice, salt and Serrano chili. I only used have my chili because it was a hot one. Go ahead and use a whole one if you can handle the heat.

Just before inhaling eating, chop up plenty of fresh basil and toss it in. You can eat this with chips, or on tacos, or as a side dish with fish—whatever you like!


  • 2 cucumbers, deseeded and finely diced
  • The juice of 3-4 limes
  • ½ cup finely diced red onion
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ Serrano chili, deseeded and finely diced
  • Plenty of freshly chopped basil

Makes about 3 cups

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  1. Frank L. McNamara
    Posted June 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures! Can’t wait to chomp down on a bathtub full of the stuff!

  2. Frank L. McNamara
    Posted June 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Clare McNamara a.k.a c funk Binny i finally read your blog for the first time in my life. maybe i should make a blog because i just made a great vat of ice tea( i should tell Franny because i feel you wouldn’t care) by the way is vat the right word cause Joe told me that was the correct word but it’s Joe. i haven’t talked to you in forever so on your next day off call me. dad is asking me how to use basil, how am I supposed to know your the cook in the family plus i am 52 years younger than he is. guess how dad started his salsa a sharpened knife as always. this i am guessing is your longest comment ever am i boring you. by the way on your blog guess what you forgot about in my description.FUNNY hahahaha well i am done now and don’t forget to call me.

  3. Frank L. McNamara
    Posted June 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    back to the person who made the longest comment ever (said in unimpresed) your salsa was great.JUST KIDING it was amazing. Lucy also looked at your blog but she didn’t read it. what a supportive family. bye beeeeeeem you tant doe to quote Gracie.

  4. Mom
    Posted August 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    wow i really do make long comments its moms bird day (the office ) and i have also commentd on book club soup see you august 22 or something like that. sincerly and upset that i am saying this bearclaw. no i hate that! so, sincerly the bear

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