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Thai cucumber, coriander & peanut salad


  • Peel the cucumbers and halve lengthways. Then using a teaspoon, scrape out most of the seeds from the centre and discard. Dice the cucumber and put into a large bowl.
  • To make the dressing, heat the sugar and vinegar over a medium heat until dissolved. Then pour the hot mixture over the cucumber, together with the lime juice and chilli. Set aside.
  • Panfry the peanuts in about 1 tbsp oil until toasted. Then add to the cucumbers.
  • Add the remaining oil to the pan. Gently heat and fry the shallots until golden brown, continually stirring. Then drain on kitchen paper towels.
  • Tear most of the rose petals into 3 pieces, reserving 2 or 3 petals for a garnish. Then stir into the salad together with the coriander, Vietnamese mint and fish sauce. Taste for seasoning.
  • Arrange the salad on a large flat plate, sprinkle with the fried shallots and the reserved rose petals, and serve.
  • from "Kitchen Garden Cooking with Kids" by Stephanie Alexander


  • 2 telegraph (continental) cucumbers
  • 2 tspn shaved palm (or soft brown) sugar
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 1 small red chilli, seeds removed & finely sliced
  • 50 gm peanuts
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 shallots, finely sliced
  • petals of 1 dark red rose
  • a handful of coriander leaves, chopped
  • 5 Vietnamese mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Asian fish sauce

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