Harvest Recipes

Spicy Armenian Cucumber Salad

Written by Cricket

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Anyone who gardens in the summer in Phoenix knows that regular cucumbers fry in our triple digit temperatures. But Armenian Cucumbers, which by the way are actually melons, thrive. Plant them in the late spring or early summer and you will have cucumbers all summer long. Just be careful, they grow fast. If you miss spotting one for a few days you are sure to pull out a monster. Their size can give zucchinis a run for their money.

Armenian Cucumber

That’s another great thing about Armenian Cucumbers! It doesn’t matter how big they get, they are always good. I think the best size to use them, however, is about a foot long. Their perfect scalloped edges are so pretty when sliced.

Armenian cucumbers have a lower water content than regular cucumbers, so while they are crisp, they are a bit less juicy. Try it in all kinds of recipes. They also make fantastic pickles…but then, what doesn’t? You can get Armenian Cucumber seeds from Baker Creek here: Rare Seeds.

Try this quick and simple recipe that is perfect for Armenian Cukes!

Spicy Armenian Cucumber Salad

Armenian Cucumber Salad

Its crunchy, sweet, sour, salty, and spicy! My whole family loves this dish.

Here is all you need to make it.

Armenian Cucumber Salad: ingredients

Slice up your Armenian Cucumber, add it to a bowl with the chili oil, vinegar, soy sauce, salt, and spicy peanuts. Toss, and its done! Cilantro would be nice, but it isn’t in season in the Phoenix summer, so try some Thai basil, which is. Mmm…

Armenian Cucumber Salad: Spicy Peanuts

I use these amazing Hot and Spicy Peanuts from Kroger, but if you don’t want it too spicy, just use regular peanuts.


Spicy Armenian Cucumber Salad



  • 1 Medium Armenian Cucumber
  • 1/3 cup Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tbls Soy Sauce
  • 1-2 tsp sesame chili oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Chopped Hot & Spicy Peanuts
  • Thai Basil (optional)


  1. Slice cucumber into thin or thick slices (whichever you like)
  2. Mix all ingredients except peanuts together in a bowl and toss
  3. Sprinkle chopped peanuts on top

Armenian Cucumber Salad

That’s it. Super quick and easy, unlike the Phoenix summer!


About the author


Welcome to my blog! I’m Cricket (yes, my parents named me that!) and I’m a natural homesteader. Growing up in rural Idaho with a garden, a horse, and lots of canned food, I like to bring those sensibilities to my suburban home in Phoenix, Arizona. Add a little dose of cottage garden flavor and permaculture tendencies, and you’ll see why GardenVariety.Life is a reflection of everything I do.

I truly enjoy sharing the skills that promote a meaningful and practical connection to our gardens and environment. Because so many residents of the metro phoenix area are transplants, I find that the area’s unique desert climate is often misunderstood and underestimated in terms of what is possible. That’s where the fun begins. Arizona is a burgeoning permaculture haven with homesteading written all over it, and there is nothing I enjoy more than encouraging others to jump in and give it a try.