Balinese Cucumber Salad: A Refreshing Blend of Spices and Freshness

Balinese Cucumber Salad: A Refreshing Blend of Spices and Freshness

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Ever been caught in a summer heat wave, feeling like a parched traveler lost in the desert? I remember one such day in Bali when a cool breeze was as mythical as a unicorn.

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Then, I tasted salvation—a Balinese Cucumber Salad. Fresh, juicy cucumber slices mingling with aromatic herbs and a tantalizing dressing were like a refreshing oasis on my tongue.

And now, I bring you this secret recipe—a culinary antidote for scorching summer days, brimming with Bali’s serene spirit and vibrant flavors.

It’s more than just a salad; it’s a flavor journey!

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History of the Dish

Hailing from the sun-drenched, lush island of Bali, the Balinese Cucumber Salad, known locally as ‘Acara Timun,’ is a refreshing testament to the island’s vibrant and complex culinary history.

Balinese cuisine, influenced by a tapestry of cultures, from Indian to Chinese, alongside its indigenous flavors, tells the story of the island’s intermingling with the wider world.

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The simplicity of the cucumber combined with the depth of flavors from the dressing – a sublime concoction of aromatic ingredients like garlic, sugar, vinegar, and salt, is a tribute to the Balinese philosophy of balance, Tri Hita Karana, found in every aspect of Balinese life.

As this salad traveled beyond Bali’s emerald paddy fields and pristine beaches, it evolved, embracing global ingredients while maintaining its unique Balinese soul.

Today, the Balinese Cucumber Salad remains a light, vibrant dish, symbolizing the harmony of contrasting flavors and the enduring culinary wisdom of the Balinese people.

What Can You Serve With Balinese Cucumber Salad

Imagine a table spread with the Balinese Cucumber Salad, its vibrant green hues calling for equally enticing companions. Now, let’s paint this culinary canvas together! Start with Nasi Goreng, the fragrant Indonesian fried rice’s hearty warmth complementing the salad’s cool crunch.

Consider Satay Ayam—grilled chicken skewers slathered in rich, spicy peanut sauce for protein. Or how about the subtly spiced Tempeh in Banana Leaf, a vegan delight that brings in an earthy note?

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Don’t forget the Mie Goreng, stir-fried noodles tossed with colorful veggies and a tangy sauce that harmonizes beautifully with the salad’s freshness.

Each side dish creates a symphony of textures and flavors, elevating the Balinese Cucumber Salad into a feast fit for a king!

Balinese Cucumber Salad ingredients


  • Cucumbers – provide a refreshing, crisp texture and mild flavor
  • White Onion – offers a sharp, slightly sweet taste that complements other ingredients
  • Peanuts – add a crunchy texture and nutty flavor to the dish
  • Chopped Cilantro – brings a fresh, herbal, and slightly citrusy note
  • Rice Vinegar – contributes a tangy, mildly sweet acidic element
  • Sea Salt Flakes – enhance the overall flavors and add a slightly crunchy texture
  • Fresh Cracked Black Pepper – adds a subtle heat and earthy undertones to the dish

Preparation Details

For a delicious and refreshing Balinese Cucumber Salad, follow these quick and easy steps:

slice cucumbers and onions

Slice cucumbers, cilantro, and onions and add them to a large bowl.

add rice vinegar

Pour rice vinegar over the mix and toss thoroughly to coat.

add salt, pepper and peanuts

Stir in salt, freshly ground pepper, and crunchy peanuts for added flavor and texture.

refrigerate Balinese Cucumber Salad

Refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Serve Balinese Cucumber Salad

Serve and enjoy this mouthwatering salad straight from Bali!

How to Switch This Up a Bit

Looking to add a twist to your Balinese Cucumber Salad? Try swapping traditional cucumber with its crunchy cousin, the radish, or mix in a handful of spiralized carrots for a burst of color.

Introduce some heat with finely chopped bird’s eye chili or a dash of ginger for warmth.

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If you’re a fan of fruits, thinly sliced green mango or pomelo segments can lend an exotic tang.

For a more substantial version, throw in some grilled tofu or shrimp.

The beauty of this salad is its versatility—go on, let your culinary creativity shine!


Can I store leftover Balinese Cucumber Salad in the fridge?

Absolutely! But remember, freshness is key. It will keep its crunch and flavor for a day or two. Just make sure to store it in an airtight container.

Will the dressing make the salad soggy if stored?

Yes, if left too long. To keep the salad at its crunchy best, consider storing the dressing separately and adding it just before you’re ready to eat.

Can I freeze the Balinese Cucumber Salad?

Not recommended! Cucumbers and freezing are like oil and water; they don’t mix. Freezing can lead to a mushy salad, and who wants that? Better to enjoy it fresh!

Yield: 6 servings

Balinese Cucumber Salad

Serve Balinese Cucumber Salad

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 2 - 3 cucumbers, sliced thin
  • ½ white onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 tbsp rice vinegar
  • sea salt flakes
  • fresh cracked black pepper


Pour rice vinegar into a large bowl.

Add in sliced cucumbers, cilantro, and sliced onion.

Toss to coat thoroughly.

Stir in salt, pepper, and peanuts.

Allow to chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 57Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g
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