Spicy Cucumber Carrot Salad

January 11, 2012mayurisjikoni
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Spicy Cucumber Carrot Salad

Spicy Cucumber  Carrot Salad is a healthy, slightly spicy and refreshing salad to enjoy as a starter, a light meal or as a side dish. The Tamarind Dressing is adds different flavors to the salad.

Summer and Salad

As you probably already know, I live in a place, that does not have the four seasons. Its either hot or the rainy season in Kenya throughout the year. While Nairobi and the Upland area does have dips in temperatures, Mombasa is practically hot throughout the year. As a result, this allows us to enjoy salads as a light meal more often. Especially when it becomes extremely humid and hot, salads are all I can think of putting together. Working for longer time in the kitchen does become uncomfortable. Since, I make salads often enough to enjoy with a sandwich or as a meal, I like to try out different combinations and flavors. Such a combination is this spicy cucumber carrot salad, using tamarind and soy sauce to make a dressing. Mostly, my salad dressings are homemade as I can control the flavour and the amount of oil I use.

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Ingredients required for Spicy Cucumber Carrot Salad

  • Cucumber – I prefer using English cucumber, use any of your choice
  • Carrots – red or orange
  • Onion – can use any of your choice
  • Roasted Peanuts – or replace them with cashew nuts
  • Fresh Coriander – cilantro, chopped
  • Garlic – for the dressing
  • Tamarind Sauce or Pulp – not flavored, usually available in most Indian stores. I make the pulp at home, by soaking tamarind in hot water for 30 minutes. Then I remove the seeds and fibre. After that puree the mixture to get a thick pulp. For 1 cup tamarind, about 2-3 cups of water are required. I store the pulp in the freezer and use as and when required.
  • Sesame Seed Oil – or use any oil of your choice. However, sesame seed oil adds a distinct flavour.
  • Honey – or use maple syrup. Don’t have either then use some brown or coconut sugar.
  • Soy Sauce – dark or light
  • Chilli Flakes
  • Salt – use any of your choice. I usually use sea salt or Himalayan Pink Salt.



Spicy Cucumber & Carrot Salad is a healthy, slightly spicy and refreshing salad to enjoy as a starter, a light meal or as a side dish. The Tamarind Dressing is adds different flavors to the salad.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Light Meal, Salad, Starter
Cuisine fusion
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 cup carrot sticks
  • 1 cup cucumber sticks
  • ½ cup bell pepper sticks
  • 1 small red or white onion cut thinly lengthwise
  • ½ cup chopped fresh coriander
  • ¼ cup roasted peanuts roughly chopped

Tamarind Dressing

  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 3 tbsp tamarind sauce thick and not watery
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp honey
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp salt


  • Put all the vegetables in a bowl.
  • Mix the dressing ingredients well.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and serve.


  • Tamarind sauce is available in most indian shops. If not, then you can make it at home. Put the tamarind in a pan, cover it with water and let it boil gently till it becomes soft. Let it cool for a while. Remove the stones and fibrous bits. Put it in a blender and liquidize it. Add a bit more water if necessary. Sieve the mixture. Keeps well in the freezer. 
  • Use sesame oil sparingly as it has a strong flavour.
  • Adjust the amount of chilli flakes according to your taste.
  • Can prepare the salad ahead and leave it in the fridge. Just add the dressing before serving.
  • Can use spring onion if you don't get coriander leaves.
  • Add salad leaves if you wish.
Keyword cucumber & carrot salad, spicy cucumber & carrot salad

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  • Tazz

    January 14, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Hi Mayuri.
    Nicely laid blog…well done.
    I luv this salad recipe….:) please add more.

  • Shobha

    November 26, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Healthy salad.. Love to have a plateful specially in summer.

  • Dannii Martin

    November 27, 2015 at 11:44 am

    What a delicious way to get your veggies in! We eat about 10 portions a day 🙂

  • Nayna Kanabar

    November 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I love salads and am always looking for new variations.This looks delicious.

  • Archana

    February 1, 2021 at 11:02 am

    5 stars
    Yum, yum and yum! I love this spicy cucumber and carrot salad with tamarind sauce. I am tempted to fish out my tamarind chutney and make some immediately. What a delicious flavor this salad will have especially when you add honey and sesame oil!! Making it today evening.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 1, 2021 at 11:43 am

      Thank you so much Archana, its a change in flavour from the usual dressings.. takes care of the chatpata craving.

  • Amrita

    February 1, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    5 stars
    Soon summer will be here in India and this refreshing salad is a perfect meal for the season. Addition of peanuts definitely gives a crunch. Also love the use of tamarind pulp.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 1, 2021 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you so much Amrita. Try the salad when summer begins.

      1. Kalyani

        February 2, 2021 at 5:17 pm

        5 stars
        Wow wow wow ..this addition of peanut ,tamarind+ sesame oil dressing ala thai style is so so so exciting !!

      2. mayurisjikoni

        February 2, 2021 at 8:06 pm

        Thanks Kalyani.

  • Super duper kitchen

    February 2, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    5 stars
    The salad looks refreshing, colourful and wholesome. I loved the dressing used here. The tanginess from the tamarind adds a nice flavour along with garlic, chilli flakes and other ingredients.

  • Preethicuisine

    February 3, 2021 at 1:23 am

    5 stars
    This spicy cucumber and carrot salad looks so refreshing and Delish. I loved the way you have added tamarind dressing. Would love to try this sometime.Simple salad with delicious dressing is a game changer.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 3, 2021 at 10:36 am

      Thank you so much Preethi, definitely a salad dressing is a game changer, gives new taste and life to basic salad ingredients.

  • Swati

    February 3, 2021 at 6:49 am

    5 stars
    I love the sweet and tangy flavor that comes with tamarind. kind of cucumber carrot Chaat salad with crunchy peanuts and nutty sesame oil. Delectable idea of adding tamarind to salad dressing..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 3, 2021 at 10:35 am

      Thank you Swati, you’ve described it right..like a chaat salad.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    February 3, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    5 stars
    I love making salads and this has all the flavours, sweet and spicy. Yummy salad to relish the mid-day cravings.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 3, 2021 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks Jayashree, it sure takes makes enjoying salads more fun.

  • Rinku Bhattacharya

    February 6, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    5 stars
    OMG! This looks absolutely stunning! And those flavors sound wonderful!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 7, 2022 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you so much Rinku. The flavours are delicious, do try out the recipe.

  • Neha

    February 7, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    5 stars
    This seems a fresh interesting salad with the taste of tamarind. I would like to try out the tamarind dressing. Salads are so welcoming in the summers specially , always wanting more varieties. Thanks for this salad recipe post.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 7, 2022 at 9:56 pm

      Thank you so much Neha. Try out the tamarind dressing, am sure you’ll love it. I sometimes use it for my potato salad too.

  • Mina Joshi

    February 8, 2022 at 7:21 am

    5 stars
    The salad looks delicious. I love the dressing you have created by using tamarind and honey to create a perfect balance of sweet and sour flavours. I would love salad in my sandwiches.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 8, 2022 at 10:12 pm

      Thank you so much Mina. That is a lovely idea, to add this salad to a sandwich.

  • Priya Srinivasan

    February 8, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    5 stars
    Wow thats one refreshing salad mayuri ji! Love that wonderful dressing! never tried a dressing with tamarind, must add a wonderful tanginess to the salad!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 8, 2022 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you Priya, it does add a delicious tang. Try it.

  • Priya Vj

    February 11, 2022 at 7:55 am

    5 stars
    My favorite salad . I love my salads with cucumber and carrots …I am in awe of the dressing that your have used with tamarind.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 12, 2022 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks Priya, tamarind adds a subtle sweetish tang to the overall salad dish.

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