Use a mix of cucumbers for texture and flavor contrast, especially lemon cucumbers and watermelon gherkins if you can find them. Add the herbs no more than 2 hours before serving, and use whichever variety you like, though the lemon balm is especially nice.


1 cup cucumbers

2 tbsp. red onion, diced

Juice of 2 limes

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp. red jalapeño, finely diced

1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tbsp. mint, thinly sliced

1 tbsp. basil, thinly sliced

1 tbsp. Coriander, thinly sliced

1 tbsp. lemon balm, thinly sliced


  1. In a medium bowl, add the cucumbers, onion, lime juice, olive oil, jalapeno, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Toss to combine and taste for salt.
  3. Add more if desired.
  4. Stir in the sliced herbs.
  5. Serve immediately.