I loved this! Brad hates cucumber, so he didn't try it, but I am hooked! The coolness of the cucumber is balanced by the heat of the red pepper, and the spicy saltiness of the cumin and salt is balanced by the sugar. YUM!
You can peel the cucumber before seeding and dicing, if desired, but I left it on and liked the color it added.
Cucumber Peanut Salad
1 large cucumber
salt to taste
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped peanuts
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon minced fresh cilantro
Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds with a spoon, then dice. Mix together salt and cucumber, and allow to drain in a colander for ten minutes to release water. Pat dry, and place in a medium size bowl.
In a small bowl, stir together oil, cumin and crushed red pepper.
Add the oil mixture, peanuts, lemon juice and sugar to the cucumber, and stir together. Garnish with cilantro.