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Crisp Cucumber Salsa Recipe

Crisp Cucumber Salsa is a crunchy, bright, slightly spicy dip that is perfect for your next party or bbq. Using fresh cucumbers, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, and finely diced tomato. Finish with garlic, lemon and lime juices, sour cream, and a touch of cumin for a rich, flavor filled salsa.

Cucumber salsa can be a wonderful snack, an addition to a healthy wrap, or served with chips as a crunchy side. You can play around with the ingredients to suite your preferences while still keeping the satisfying texture and flavor.

If you prefer cucumber salsa no tomatoes they can easily be omitted to allow the cucumber to shine and reduce the amount of liquid. On the flip side, if you love cucumber salsa with rotel tomatoes to increase the heat they make a fantastic salsa with crisp cucumbers.

Cucumber Salsa

Fresh, garden grown veggies are always the best choice when making fresh recipes like salsa, salads, and any other meal where the vegetables are the main ingredients. We have gardened for years and always recommend utilizing organic, garden produce.  

If you have never had veggies other than store bought and don’t have the opportunity to grow your own, try a farmers market or your local food co-op. It’s an entirely different experience when you’re making recipes like this one with the freshest organic produce.

How do you make a Green Cucumber Salsa?

The best cucumber salsa recipe is made with fresh ingredients that balance flavor while delivering a crisp bite. It’s a refreshing salsa similar to pico de gallo with bright spices, citrus juice, and spicy heat if you want it.

The basic recipe for this salsa is cucumber, onion, lime juice, cilantro, and a bit of fresh jalapeno peppers. Chop the veggies into bite sized pieces and dress with salt and pepper. Our recipe uses a bit of sour cream to balance out the flavors, bring a creamy element, and tone down the citrus.

Recipe Tips

  1. You can use either corinto cucumbers or similar type. English cucumbers are firmer and also work but will give you a slightly different texture. We recommend seeding the cucumber to reduce the juices.
  2. To reduce prep time use your food processor to chop the veggies. This will change the appearance of the salsa but it will taste just fine.
  3. For the prettiest restaurant style salsa presentation hand chopping is recommended. Once you get the veggies prepped this is a ten minute recipe.
  4. If you really love some heat in your salsa you may want a more powerful pepper. We love this recipe exactly this way. But go ahead and experiment with the green chiles or hotter peppers.

The Process

  1. In a large bowl combine the prepared cucumber, tomato, onion, parsley, jalapeno, cilantro and garlic.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, lemon juice, lime juice, cumin and seasoned salt.
  3. Pour over cucumber mixture and toss gently to coat.
  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate covered.

How long can you store cucumber salsa?

Because this is a firmer salsa with larger pieces as opposed to a blended salsa, we recommend serving immediately. The salsa will break down as it sits and the juices will pool. If necessary it can be stored in the fridge for a few hours, but be sure it is covered to preserve the flavor and freshness.

Fresh, raw salsa are difficult to store for extended periods because they will break down and lose flavor. For example, canning cucumber salsa is not recommended because the canning process will introduce heat. This salsa is best prepared and served fresh.

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Emily @amummytoo

Tuesday 5th of May 2015

Yum. I love cucumber and this looks incredibly tasty and refreshing.


Tuesday 5th of May 2015

This salsa is for you Emily! The cucumbers are great in this salsa!


Monday 4th of May 2015

This salsa looks fabulous! I love the flavors you have going on here. And, I'm super happy to see that picture of the onion; I love veggies fresh from the garden.


Tuesday 5th of May 2015

Thank you Debi! We love to grow our own veggies! They add a lot of flavor and are so rewarding to grow. Lol, garden junkies here :)


Tuesday 5th of May 2015

Thank you Debi! This salsa is best from the freshest ingredients. We love growing our own produce. Such flavor!


Monday 4th of May 2015

Sounds so fresh and lovely!! Perfect summertime salsa!!

Nicole Neverman

Sunday 3rd of May 2015

This looks like such a delicious and fresh salsa :)


Sunday 3rd of May 2015

Thank you Nicole, it really is!