Crunchy Pickled Kachumber Salad Recipe

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Looking for something more adventurous than your usual Kachumber salad? Try this tasty Crunchy Pickled Kachumber Salad, a crunchy, squeaky pickle salad that would be amazing alongside a super fatty main dish, like this Chicken Biryani. But don’t worry, it’s not one briny mouthful, there are a lot of different textures going on between the crisp onions, crunchy pickles, red cabbage and juicy carrots.

Crunchy Pickled Kachumber Salad Recipe
Photo: Crunchy Pickled Kachumber Salad Recipe

I like to experiment with creating no-cook dishes that can be easily thrown together at the last minute. I especially enjoy playing with the salads I’ve learned and putting a new spin on them, using whatever ingredients I have on hand to create something entirely new.

This salad happened during one of my kitchen experiments. Things I really love in spring: 

  1. Super crisp, crunchy salads
  2. Juicy Colorful Veggies

So clearly it make sense to combine these two faves into one, right?

Crunchy Pickled Kachumber Salad

I started with a simple family recipe for a Kachumbar salad. But for a change, I used the homemade pickled Cucumber, onion and baby carrots, vinegar, salt for this recipe. then tweaked the dressing and added some stuff I found in the fridge—red radishes and half a red cabbage. The result is a delightfully flavorful salad—cold, crunchy, pickled and easy to throw together at a moment’s notice. I call it my Crunchy Pickled Kachumber Salad.

Crunchy Pickled Kachumber Salad Recipe
Phot: Crunchy Pickled Kachumber Salad Recipe

Some Useful Tips

  • If you like pickle vegetables, you’re going to love this salad. You can use store bought pickles or make your own by following my recipe.
  • Usually, we tend to favor pickles that are bright with acid and low on sugar; anything labeled “half-sour” usually fits the bill. If using sweeter pickles, add a bit more vinegar and black salt. And honestly, you can use whatever pickles you want in this recipe.
  • Organic cucumbers are smaller and thinner than non organic cucumbers.  They are smaller and slightly sweeter than the non-organic variety, and they have less seeds. Organic cucumbers are great for snacking. They have a wonderful mineral flavor to them. Unfortunately some grocery stores only carry Organic cucumbers seasonally, and some don’t carry them at all.
  • If you can’t find them, substitute Non-organic cucumbers—those are the long thin ones wrapped tightly in plastic. Avoid using regular fat cucumbers, as they are coated with wax and prone to bitterness.

This is my favourite salad to serve with my Restaurant Style Lahori Mutton Karahi recipe. It just works so well with Tawa fish and the sweetness of the Apricot Chutney. I highly recommend serving this up with some extra Cucumber on the side. 

Bismillah let’s get started. 

Check it out Hot and Sour Noodles Recipe and printable version here!!

Crunchy Pickled Kachumber Salad Recipe

Looking for something more adventurous than your usual Kachumber salad? Try this tasty Crunchy Pickled Kachumber Salad, a squeaky pickle salad that would be amazing alongside with any desi food like Biryani, Tikka or Kebab.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Pakistani
Keyword cucumber, kachumber salad, salad, summer salad, veggie salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pickled red onion
  • 2 pickled cucumbers
  • 2 small pickled baby carrots
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 4 small red radishes
  • 1 cup red cabbage

Salad Dressing:

  • few mint leaves finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup White Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • black salt to taste
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • red pepper flakes (i like alot) optional

Instructions

  • Prepare all vegetables for the salad.
  • Dice all the pickled red onion and baby carrots into small pieces.
  • Do the same with the cucumber and discard the middle once you get to the seeds.
  • Now chop the green bell pepper, red radish and blue cabbage.
  • Mix vegetables together in a large dish, something that you can cover with a lid for marinating.
  • Now whisk pickle brine, mint, vinegar, lemon, honey, black pepper, salt and red pepper flakes in a large bowl.
  • Pour brine over the vegetables.
  • Let sit to allow vegetable to soften slightly(still crunchy), at least 5 minutes and up to 15 minutes.
  • Toss well and refrigerate.
  • Give the veggies another couple of turns when you think of it.
  • Transfer salad to a large shallow bowl or platter and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Delicious Crunchy Pickled Kachumber Salad is ready to eat. ENJOY!!

Notes

  1. If you really love the pickled flavor, you can add up to 2 tbsp more vinegar to increase the tartness. 
  2. Want to prep ahead? Make the dressing and chop your veggies ahead of time (just keep them separate so the veggies don’t get soggy). When you’re ready to eat, simply toss pickled and raw vegetables in the dressing, and enjoy!

Serving Suggestions:

  1. Serve with any bread or naan, and Kebab & Tikka to sop up the dressing if desired.
  2. This juicy, crunchy pickled salad also tastes great with the biryani or pulao

Want more Salad Inspiration? 

Here are some other salad recipes on my blog:

Put your own spin on it. And lemme know how it turns out and do take a few seconds to rate it! I would love to see your recreations so tag me on instagram @recipestable or Facebook (Recipestable) or on Twitter so I can see how lovely yours turn out.

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