Spice up your summer menus with this Summer Cucumber Salad with Spicy Vinaigrette Dressing. Crisp, delicious and easy to make, this easy salad recipe is a must at your next gathering or picnic. I am a proud CK Mondavi and Family Ambassador, while this post is sponsored, all opinions and the recipe are my own.
Summer Cucumber Salad with Spicy Vinaigrette Dressing
Summer is in full effect here in Florida. The temperature in my Jeep today read 105 degrees. That’s hot. That means when I’m creating in the kitchen right now, I am loving the easy dishes that can be served cold and are loaded with flavor. We love to spend time at the pool, going on bike trails, camping and hanging with friends, so packing a picnic is a pretty common occurrence for us.
And of course I can’t just pack plain ole sandwiches and bags of chips! What fun is that?! None! My spicy chicken salad sandwiches were a hit at our last picnic, and I wanted to create a fresh salad that could along with us.
A salad with crunch, a bit of a kick (because you all know I like it a bit spicy), it had to be easily transported to wherever we were going and it needed to still taste great by the time we got there. No one likes a soggy salad.
So I grabbed some of my favorite produce, cucumbers and sweet peppers, from the refrigerator and started slicing. Of course I made a homemade salad dressing to go with it. Because homemade salad dressings are so easy to make and taste way better than anything you can buy in the store. Have you tried my Mint & Peach Vinaigrette yet? O-M-G, what are you waiting for?! Peaches are in season right now too!
Ok, back to this cucumber and pepper deliciousness. I love this Cucumber and Sweet Pepper Salad because you can have it ready in under 10 minutes, and the more you let it marinate in the spicy dressing, the more flavorful it becomes. Leftovers are AH-MAZING.
For this Spicy Cucumber Salad you only need a few staple ingredients, and you may have all of them in your pantry and refrigerator right now. If you are growing cilantro at home, grab some from the garden and let’s make this crisp and healthy salad!
Here is what you need to make my Spicy Cucumber Sweet Pepper Salad:
2 english cucumbers, halve lengthwise and sliced
1 cup sliced. mini sweet peppers – about 5 peppers
1/4 cup sweet onion, chopped
1/3 cup cilantro
For the spicy salad dressing you need:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, approx 1/2 large lime
1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon CK Mondavi and Family Sauvignon Blanc
Easy enough right? I recommend chilling that bottle of CK Mondavi and Family wine and bringing it with you on your picnic because it pairs perfectly with the bite of this fresh cucumber salad. CK Mondavi and Family Sauvignon Blanc has beautiful clarity and offers subtle aromas of lemon, kiwi and herbaceous notes. This medium-bodied wine is filled with grapefruit and citrus flavors and ends with a crisp, refreshing finish which makes it a delightful pair to my summer salad, and the herbaceous notes pair well the fresh cilantro and the heat of the red pepper flakes. You can learn more about wine pairings here. I love a glass of Sauvignon Blanc when it’s warm outside, which it is here in Florida about 80% of the year 😉 Sauvignon Blanc is dry, crisp and refreshing, serve it chilled and serve it often.
Now, here is my Summer Cucumber Salad with Spicy Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe, be sure to Print It and Pin It so that you can make it again and again.
- 2 English cucumbers
- 1 cup sliced mini sweet peppers - about 5 peppers
- ¼ cup sweet onion, chopped
- ⅓ cup cilantro, chopped
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, approx ½ large lime
- 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon CK Mondavi and Family Sauvignon Blanc
- Pinch of salt
- Prepare your cucumbers, sweet peppers, onion and cilantro
- Place them in a large bowl
- Combine all the salad dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix well
- Pour desired amount of dressing on salad
- Stir gently to combine
- Chill for at least 15 minutes to let all those flavors marinate
- Serve with remaining CK Mondavi and Family Sauvignon Blanc
I hope you enjoy this Summer Cucumber Salad with Spicy Vinaigrette Dressing as much as we do!
This crisp and fresh salad is the perfect addition for your next gathering or picnic.
Speaking of picnic, who would like to have one in NAPA VALLEY? ME, ME, ME!!! Well, right now you have the chance to win a trip to Napa Valley to play bocce with the Mondavi Family! I have heard that they are pretty competitive though, so you better start brushing up on your skills now 😉
If you win, will you take me with you?? I can’t wait to get back to Napa again! My husband and I went a few years ago and just fell in love with the scenery…well, and the wines 😉
Looking for another delicious fresh salad recipe?
Actually, this fresh corn salad would be delicious with the spicy vinaigrette dressing I made for my cucumber salad! Oh, I’ll definitely have to try that next.