Cucumber and Bell Pepper Salad

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This viral cucumber and bell pepper salad is sweet, savory and packed with flavor! It’s crisp, refreshing and comes together in just 10 minutes, making it the perfect summer side dish.

As you all know, I’m a huge salad lover, so as soon as I saw the viral cucumber and bell pepper salad recipe on TikTok from Rachael Kirkconnell I knew I had to try it!

This salad is so easy to whip and packed with tons of flavor thanks to the everything bagel seasoning, chili crisp and homemade sesame ginger dressing. And when paired with crunchy cucumbers and bell peppers the combo is absolutely irresistible. It might just be my new favorite summer side salad!

Cucumber and bell pepper salad in a clear mixing bowl.

Why You’ll Love This Salad

  • Simple and fresh ingredients, cucumber and sweet peppers.
  • Unique flavor from Everything But the Bagel Seasoning and chili crisp.
  • Quick and easy homemade sesame ginger dressing.
  • Prep and ready in just 10 minutes.
  • Packed with nutritious vitamins and antioxidants.
Ingredient shot with cucumber, bell pepper, chili crisp, everything bagel seasoning and sesame ginger dressing.

Ingredients Needed

  • mini cucumbers and mini sweet peppers – the base of this salad!
  • Everything But the Bagel Seasoning – I get the Trader Joe’s seasoning, but most grocery stores carry it now.
  • Chili crisp – I used Passenger chili crisp but I also like Fly By Jing.
  • Sesame ginger dressing – you can use my recipes or grab a bottle of store-bought dressing.
Cucumber and bell pepper salad in a clear mixing bowl with a gold fork.

What to Serve With This Salad

This Cucumber and Bell Pepper Salad is quite versatile and can easily pair with a number of dishes. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Garlic Shrimp and Asparagus: The lightness and freshness of this salad perfectly balance the robust flavors of the garlic shrimp and asparagus.
  • Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers: The crunchiness of the salad can add a nice texture contrast to the soft and flavorful burgers!
  • Grilled Rosemary Chicken Skewers: The refreshing salad can act as a nice counterpart to the savory chicken skewers.
  • Easy Tofu Stir-Fry: This salad would make a lovely side dish to accompany a simple and healthy tofu stir-fry.
  • Miso Salmon: Pair the salad with the rich, umami flavors of miso salmon for a healthy, satisfying meal.

Remember, the beauty of this salad is in its versatility, so feel free to pair it with any main dish you fancy!

How to Store

After preparing the salad, any leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Because of the fresh ingredients used, it’s best to consume the salad within 1-2 days. Over time, the cucumbers and bell peppers might lose their crispness, and the dressing may cause them to become slightly soggy.

More Viral Recipes to Try

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TikTok Viral Cucumber and Bell Pepper Salad

This viral cucumber and bell pepper salad is sweet, savory and packed with flavor! It's crisp, refreshing and comes together in just 10 minutes, making it the perfect summer side dish.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients  

Sesame Ginger Dressing

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1" knob fresh ginger
  • pinch black pepper

Instructions 

  • Make dressing by adding all the ingredients to a blender and blending until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  • Add cucumber and bell pepper to a bowl. Add ¼ cup dressing, bagel seasoning and chili crisp. Toss to combine. Taste and add more seasoning, chili crisp and/or dressing, if needed!

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4th recipe | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 453mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cucumber bell pepper salad
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18 Comments

  1. Do you think this would be a good meal prep item? I’m worried the veggies would get too soggy…

    1. Hi Erin – Great question, this salad will last about 2 maybe 3 days in the fridge before the veggies get too soft and the cucumber gets a bit pickled. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

  2. This looks really good! What are your thought of pairing it with some soba noodles and grilled shrimp for more of a meal?

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious!! It’s worth it to make the homemade sesame ginger dressing! It’s so good. Great recipe!

    1. WOO! I am so glad you’re loving this salad, Kerri! Thank you for sharing your review & star rating, I truly appreciate it!

  4. what could you use in place of Chili crisp? I can’t eat spicy things, but this looks delicious! thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    Made this salad yesterday for lunch, added some lentils and tempeh and served over arugula! The flavor is soooooo good!!

    1. YUM! Sounds delicious, Allie. So glad you’re loving this recipe and it turned out great for you. Thank you for sharing your review & star rating, I means so much to me!

  6. 5 stars
    This is SO good! The fresh ginger dressing is bright and flavorful. I added some other veggies I had in the fridge and some diced grilled chicken to make it a meal and it was super yummy. Thank you for sharing! Delicious!

    1. WOO! I am so glad you’re loving this sad, Regan! Love the idea of adding grilled chicken to it. Thank you for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

  7. This was excellent! Thanks for including your sesame ginger dressing! I added a couple more cucumbers and peppers than the recipe because I had a couple left in the bag.

    It was so easy. I eye balled the dressing and it all turned out so good. I had it for lunch with sardines and went back for seconds. The flavors together are incredible ♥️ my sister loved it too!

    1. WOO! This sounds absolutely amazing, Karla. I am so glad to hear you are loving this sad and it turned out great for you. Thank you for coming back and sharing your review & star rating, it means so much to me!

  8. 5 stars
    OMG this is SO GOOD. And it uses ingredients I always have in my house! LOVE IT. I added some green onions and it was a nice pop.

    1. Ahh this makes me so happy to hear, Libby! Glad you found this recipe and are loving it. Thanks for coming back and sharing your review & star rating, I really appreciate it!

  9. 5 stars
    Tasty, flavorful, healthy- made recipe as is but if there’s a way to toss in more fresh veggies I’ll try that next! Thank you for this recipe!

    1. YAY! So glad you made this recipe and are enjoying it, Mona. OH, great idea. I bet broccoli and carrots would also be delicious in this salad. I can’t wait to her what you try! Thank you for coming back and sharing your review, I appreciate it!