Toasted Cumin and Lime Cucumber Salad

Preparation info
  • Makes

    4 to 6

    • Difficulty


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Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food

By Nik Sharma

Published 2018

  • About

In the summer, when I was a kid, I’d eat thick slices of cucumber seasoned with chili flakes, salt, and a splash of lime juice. It was all I needed to stay cool. This is my grown-up version of that childhood snack, which I often serve with spicy meals.


  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 large English cucumbers (1⅓ lb [605</


Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat, add the cumin seeds, and toast until the seeds are fragrant and begin to turn brown, 30 to 45 seconds, swirling the seeds occasionally so they toast evenly. With a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder, grind to a coarse powder. Transfer to a large bowl and add the cucumbers and chiles.

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