Curried Cucumber and Salad

Jun 16, 2022 | Recipes, salads

If you are looking for a delicious and refreshing summer salad that you’ll want to share with your friends, this Curried Cucumber and Apple Salad is just the thing. Its bright flavours and pops of sweetness make it the perfect accompaniment to grilled or roasted meat, chicken or fish. You can serve it as a side or bulk it up with some protein for a meal. Either way, this is a recipe worth trying.

Curry Sauce

The curry sauce for this Curried Cucumber and Apple Salad combines yogurt, garam masala, honey, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. You can switch the yogurt for mayonnaise and the garam masala for madras or yellow curry powder if you’d like. The mayonnaise-based version of this sauce makes an excellent dip for sweet potato fries. Combine the yogurt, garam masala, honey, and lemon juice in a medium mixing bowl to make the curry sauce. Once mixed, taste the sauce and season it as needed with salt. You can use the sauce right away or cover it and put it in the fridge for an hour to let the flavours blend a little more.

Curried Cucumber and Apple Salad

The salad ingredients are cucumber, apple, dried cranberries or raisins, cilantro, green onion, and slivered almonds. I made this salad with shaved cucumber, but I found that the cucumber became very soggy, and the salad was watery. So, I suggest dicing the cucumber. This salad is best when served right away, but you can make it ahead of time if you leave the cucumber out until the last minute. If you must make this Curried Cucumber and Apple Salad ahead of time with the cucumbers, remove the seeds from the cucumbers. The seeds contain a significant amount of the cucumber’s water content, so removing them will help prevent a watery salad. However, it removing the seeds will eliminate this problem entirely.

Making The Salad

To make the salad, dice half a cucumber and one apple and add them to the curry sauce. Next, add the dried cranberries, then slice the cilantro and green onions and put those in the bowl too. Finally, add the almonds and mix. Serve immediately.


This Curried Cucumber and Apple Salad makes a great sidedish with kabobs or grilled meat. You can make it a meal by adding cooked chicken breast or even tuna. Other ingredients that would go well in this salad include bell pepper, pecans, chickpeas, red onion, mint, and tomato. So take this recipe, and make it your own.

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Curried Cucumber and Apple Salad

Curry Dressing, Diced Cucumber and Apple, Dried Cranberries, and Almonds make this salad something special. Enjoy it as a side dish or add cooked chicken to make it a meal.
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: creamy salad dressing, Cucumber, curried, Salad
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Chef Ben Kelly


Curry Sauce

  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garam masala or yellow curry powder
  • kosher salt to taste


  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1/4 cup green onions, Sliced
  • 2 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped


  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, honey, lemon juice, garam masala and mix. Taste the sauce and season with salt as needed.
  • Add the cucumber, apple, green onions, slivered almonds, and dried cranberries to the curry sauce. Mix. Taste, season as needed and serve.
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