Ajad (Authentic Thai Cucumber Salad)

Ajad (authentic Thai Cucumber Salad)

Thai cucumber salad is a refreshing side dish or appetizer. The sweet, tangy and spicy flavors in the recipe will wake up your taste buds! This recipe takes less than 10 minutes to prepare so it’s perfect for meal prep. It can be eaten as an appetizer with other Thai dishes like green curry or pad thai, or served alongside grilled meat and rice for a light summer meal.
This post includes an authentic Ajad (Thai Cucumber Salad) recipe that takes just 10 minutes to make!
prep: 10 mins cook: 5 mins additional: 4 hrs total: 4 hrs 15 mins Servings: 6 Yield: 6 servings


1 ½ teaspoons salt

¼ cup water

½ cup white vinegar

6 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced

3 shallots, thinly sliced

4 tablespoons white sugar, or more to taste

2 Thai bird’s eye chiles, halved lengthwise


Combine vinegar, water, sugar, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook until sugar and salt are dissolved, 3 to 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning so the pickling liquid is pleasantly sweet, sour, and lightly salty.

Combine cucumbers, shallots, and chile peppers in a large bowl. Cover with pickling liquid. Refrigerate for a few hours to let flavors combine.

Nutrition Facts:

Per Serving: 94 calories; protein 2.5g; carbohydrates 22.9g; fat 0.3g; sodium 590.4mg.

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