Recipe of the Week Spicy Tomato, Cucumber and Pepper Salad

This is a fiery little salad that will clear the head and gladden the heart.  Serves 4.




  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cut in half, then cut lengthways in to thin strips
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 green or red bell pepper, seeds removed and finely sliced
  • 10 cherry tomatoes cut in half


For dressing:

  • 2 tbs sunflower oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbs rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped



Put all the veg ingredients in to a large salad bowl.  For the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk well.  Pour the dressing over the vegetables in the other bowl and mix well.  Leave to sit for about 20 minutes to rest, and then serve.


Michael Kelly is an author, broadcaster and founder of GIY.


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