Ethiopian Cucumber Salad Recipe - Fresh and Flavorful

Ethiopian Cucumber Salad

Ethiopian Cucumber Salad Recipe - Fresh and Flavorful
Region / culture: Ethiopia | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 0 minutes | Servings: 4


Ethiopian Cucumber Salad
Ethiopian Cucumber Salad

Ethiopian Cucumber Salad is a refreshing and flavorful dish that is perfect for a hot summer day. This salad is simple to make and bursting with fresh ingredients that will leave your taste buds satisfied.


Cucumber salad is a popular dish in Ethiopian cuisine, often served as a side dish or appetizer. The combination of cucumbers, garlic, and lemon is a classic flavor profile that is loved by many.


How to prepare

  1. Place sliced cucumber, black peppers, and fresh garlic in a bowl.
  2. Stir the ingredients in the bowl.
  3. Add a small amount of salt to taste.
  4. Chill the mixture and serve with olive oil dressing.


  • You can add chopped tomatoes, red onions, or fresh herbs like mint or parsley to customize this salad to your liking.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

When making Ethiopian Cucumber Salad, be sure to slice the cucumbers thinly for the best texture. Additionally, chilling the salad before serving will enhance the flavors and make it even more refreshing.

Serving Suggestions

This salad can be served as a side dish with grilled meats or as a light lunch on its own.

Cooking Techniques

This salad requires no cooking, making it a quick and easy dish to prepare.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have fresh garlic, you can use garlic powder or garlic paste as a substitute.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the salad ahead of time and chill it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the salad in a decorative bowl and garnish with fresh herbs or a drizzle of olive oil for an elegant presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Ethiopian Cucumber Salad pairs well with grilled meats, rice dishes, or as a side to a spicy curry.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. This salad is best served cold and does not need to be reheated.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Ethiopian Cucumber Salad contains approximately 50 calories.


Cucumbers are low in carbohydrates, making this salad a great option for those looking to reduce their carb intake.


This salad is low in fats, making it a healthy choice for those watching their fat intake.


While this salad is not high in protein, you can easily add some grilled chicken or tofu to make it a more substantial meal.

Vitamins and minerals

Cucumbers are a good source of vitamins K and C, as well as potassium and magnesium.


This recipe is free of common allergens such as nuts, dairy, and gluten.


Ethiopian Cucumber Salad is a low-calorie, nutrient-rich dish that is perfect for a light and refreshing meal.


Ethiopian Cucumber Salad is a light and refreshing dish that is perfect for a hot summer day. With simple ingredients and easy preparation, this salad is sure to become a favorite in your recipe collection.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the sense of anticipation I felt when I first discovered this recipe for Ethiopian Cucumber Salad. It was many years ago, during a trip to Ethiopia with my husband. We were exploring the bustling markets of Addis Ababa when we came across a small food stall with a crowd of locals gathered around it. Curious, we decided to stop and see what all the fuss was about.

As we approached the stall, the tantalizing aroma of spices and herbs filled the air. The vendor, a kind old woman with a warm smile, was busy preparing a vibrant salad made with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and a variety of aromatic herbs and spices. It looked absolutely delicious, and I knew I had to learn how to make it.

I struck up a conversation with the vendor, who was more than happy to share her recipe with me. She explained that Ethiopian cuisine is known for its bold flavors and use of fresh, local ingredients. This salad, she told me, was a staple in Ethiopian households and was often served as a side dish for meals.

With pen and paper in hand, I carefully jotted down the ingredients and instructions for making the salad. The vendor was patient and thorough in her explanation, ensuring that I understood each step of the process. I was grateful for her generosity and couldn't wait to try making the salad at home.

Back in our hotel room, I gathered the ingredients and got to work. I chopped the cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions, creating a colorful medley of fresh produce. I then mixed in a blend of herbs and spices, including garlic, ginger, cumin, and coriander, to give the salad its signature Ethiopian flavor.

As I tossed the ingredients together in a large bowl, the aroma of the herbs and spices filled the room, transporting me back to that bustling market in Addis Ababa. I couldn't wait to taste the finished product and see if I had successfully captured the essence of Ethiopian cuisine.

When I took my first bite of the salad, I was blown away by the explosion of flavors in my mouth. The crispness of the cucumbers, the sweetness of the tomatoes, and the earthy warmth of the spices all combined to create a truly memorable dish. I knew right then and there that this recipe would become a cherished favorite in my repertoire.

Over the years, I have made the Ethiopian Cucumber Salad countless times, always with a sense of pride and nostalgia for that fateful day in Addis Ababa. I have shared the recipe with friends and family, who have all marveled at the unique flavors and textures of the dish.

Each time I make the salad, I am reminded of the kind old vendor who shared her recipe with me and the vibrant culture of Ethiopia that inspired it. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow as a cook, and for the countless memories that this recipe has brought into my life.

As I sit down to enjoy a bowl of Ethiopian Cucumber Salad, I am filled with gratitude for the experiences and people that have shaped my culinary journey. Cooking is more than just a hobby for me – it is a way to connect with others, explore new cultures, and create lasting memories. And for that, I am truly thankful.


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