Cucumber Salsa with lime and cilantro is a refreshing side dish, perfect for eating as a snack with tortilla chips, on top of tacos, chimichangas, enchiladas and so much more! This Zesty cucumber salsa recipe is without garlic but if you wish you can add crushed garlic or garlic powder as well. This salsa is especially delicious when you use fresh veggies and tomatoes in the summer months!
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Zesty cucumber salsa
- 2/3 cup diced onions
- 2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
- 1 1/2 cups chunked cucumber *see note
- 1 large jalapeno pepper (can be added to taste)
- 1 tablespoon diced fresh cilantro
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 lime
- Prepare onions, tomato, cucumber and jalapeno to preference (diced or cubed) and place in a small-medium sized mixing bowl.
- Finely dice the cilantro and add to the vegetables in the bowl, then halve the lime and squeeze the juice of the whole lime onto the cucumber salsa.
- Gently combine the veggies and lime juice, then add salt to taste. Serve while fresh and drain excess tomato juice if needed.
Equipment needed for this zesty cucumber salsa:
- Cutting board I prefer to use a cutting board for chopping up the onions, tomato, cucumber, onions, jalapenos and cilantro needed in this recipe. A cutting board helps to consolidate the mess and keeps the countertop from being scratched.
- Chef’s knife A chef’s knife is my personal preference for chopping up or dicing up the veggies for this salsa.
- Mixing bowl A mixing bowl is needed for combining the veggies with the lime juice, salt and cilantro.
- Measuring cups Measuring cups are needed to ensure you have an accurate measurement of the ingredients listed for this cucumber salsa.
Ingredients needed for this zesty cucumber salsa: Cucumber, lime, tomato, onion, salt, jalapenos and cilantro.
Substitutions for this zesty cucumber salsa:
If you do not have lime on hand you can also use lemon juice for this salsa. My preference is the flavor of lime juice in a salsa, but in a pinch lemon juice is a good substitute. Other veggies of your choice can be added in as well, and if you prefer to make this salsa mild you could omit the jalapenos and use bell peppers instead.
Being able to walk outside and pick fresh tomatoes and peppers is one of my favorite things about the summer months and also makes the best tasting salsa, knowing that the veggies (some of them) where hand picked and completely organic! If you do not have access to a summer garden you can also check your local farmers market for the freshest ingredients for this salsa.
Step 1: Prepare onions, tomato, cucumber and jalapeno to preference (diced or cubed) and place in a small-medium sized mixing bowl.
Should the veggies be more finely diced for eating with tortilla chips?
If using this salsa as a snack with tortillas, you may wish to dice the veggies instead of cubing them.
Step 2: Finely dice the cilantro and add to the vegetables in the bowl, then halve the lime and squeeze the juice of the whole lime onto the cucumber salsa.
Step 3: Gently combine the veggies and lime juice, then add salt to taste. Serve while fresh and drain excess tomato juice if needed.
Storage for this cucumber lime salsa:
I do recommend serving this cucumber salsa fresh for the best flavor and for the sake of crisp veggies, however, the salsa can be refrigerated for several hours without turning mushy.
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