Chilli Cucumber Salad – Sierra Leone Flavours

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 | 29 comments

Chilli Cucumber Salad – Sierra Leone Flavours

In Sierra Leone, we call this chilli cucumber salad – gron soup. It is simply cucumbers marinated in lime, chilli and onions – and is as refreshing as it sounds. A summer go to salad with not a soup in sight.

Although this is similar to a mild pickle, everyone I know eats it just as is. It is a meal by itself. Especially popular in the colder months when we add even more chilli and make it spicy hot along with the wooly hats (yes we do have those in Sierra Leone too) and smokey teas.

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I made it a lot, especially as an after school snack. Because it was easy, the ingredients were always available and cheap, and because I actually had (and still do) have a lemon lime tooth.

I definitely eat it just as is, mostly. But it rocks alongside some grilled fish, some grilled vegetable couscous and some spare ribs too. Try this cucumber salad recipe and tell me what you think.

This is the second post in my pantry staple spotlight on salad. Please be sure to check the others out.

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Sierra Leone flavours – is the spot on my blog where I share both traditional Sierra Leonean recipes and West African fusion recipes.

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Chilli Cucumber Salad - Sierra Leone Flavours
A refreshing chilli cucumber salad recipe.
Recipe type: Brunch
  • Juice of 1-2 limes
  • Salt
  • Scotch bonnet chilli or dried chilli flakes to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onions
  • A pinch of lemon zest.
  • A pinch of Maggi stock cube (optional)
  • One large cucumber peeled and thinly sliced
  1. Make the salad dressing by mixing the lime, salt, chilli, red onion, lemon zest and maggi together.
  2. Place the sliced cucumber in a bowl and pour the salad dressing over.
  3. You can eat it immediately or let it marinate for a couple of hours.
  4. Serves 4 as a side.
Feel free to add more or less of what you want. Maggi cubes are stock cubes used in Africa that you can get in ethnic food stores.

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  1. This looks delicious, I will actually try it out because it really doesn’t need any sort of cooking time. Thanks for sharing.

    • The no cooking is probably one of the reasons why it is so popular.

  2. Jeeeez this sounds so appetising. A perfect summer side dish or what?! I’m do this for our next bbq… an just wait for the compliments to come flowing haha!

    • Its all about the compliments Jo. I like ’em too.

  3. This sounds super easy and looks delicious! I’m going to have to try it! Thanks for sharing :) xx

    • That is what is great about this dish – easy.

  4. Love it! My dad made something like this the other day, love chilli kick in it :)
    Try polish version called mizeria (misery) – with sour cream and loads of dill :)

    • Ohhh, I def have to try that variation Sylvia.

  5. This looks delicious. I am definitely trying this out. It’s Paleo friendly too.

  6. I bet this is delicious, perfect for my homegrown cucumbers. GG

    • Yeap – you know what I think I will spend the weekend making some pickles from my home grown cucumbers.

  7. How ironic that you mention fish as an accompaniment because I was thinking that too! Interesting that it’s got the spice to it…I’m intrigued. Once again your photography is off the charts awesome, Bintu :)

  8. I would never have thought of that combo. It sounds great. Cooper just about eats his body weight in cucumber. He’s made about it.

    • Wow – lucky you to have a kid that likes cucumbers that much.

  9. Love this idea Bintu. Other than tzatziki and just adding them to salads and sandwiches, I’m never really sure what to do with cucumbers.

    • I know what you mean. we have quite a lot of cucumbers too so time to bring out the cucumber brains.

  10. That looks lovely. My gran used to do a variety of pickled cucumber salad that I loved, sadly I never got the recipe. Will have to try this.

    • Enjoy it Alison – so often I wish I had lots of recipes from my gran too.

  11. Oh my… I used to love this when I was a kid – I learned how to make it from our neighbour’s kid – it was kind of my specialty because no one in my family knew how to make it. I made it all the time… fun times!

    • Your folks must have loved you Elsa. yes fun, fun, fun times

  12. this looks so yum might give this a go! :) xo

  13. it sounds amazing. I’m not great with chilli, so I don’t think I would be adding more chilli in the winter months, but it does sound very tasty

    • You can easily omit the chili. All to your taste Barefoot.

  14. You are bringing back memories Bintu!! I would love some of this now :) With some bonga fish grinded in 😉

    • Hehehehe. I was thinking about the bonga fish and may do a verion with that in.

  15. Oh wow, this looks wonderful. I have two big cucumbers in my fridge right now. Looks like I’m sorted for lunch today 😉


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