How to Make TikTok’s Viral Cucumber and Pepper Salad

This crunchy and colourful five-ingredient salad is a modern summer staple.

Simple summer salads are taking over TikTok right now, but none has created a stir quite like this surprisingly simple cucumber and pepper salad. Curious to try it for yourself? Keep reading to find out exactly how it’s done.

The Viral Cucumber and Pepper Salad Recipe

This viral summer salad was created by TikTok creator Rachael Kirkconnell. It consists of just five ingredients, takes mere minutes to make and results in a crunchy, refreshing and colourful flavour bomb of a dish. You can have it as a mid-day snack or serve it as a side dish at dinner.

Like a lot of viral TikTok meals, Rachael presents this salad as more of an ingredient-pairing suggestion than a set-in-stone recipe. Below is the ratio I recommend, but feel free to tweak the proportions according to your own taste.

This salad serves four as a side dish or two as a meal.

Viral Cucumber And Pepper Salad IngredientsAlexandra Shytsman for Taste of Home


  • 5 multicolour mini bell peppers
  • 3 Persian cucumbers
  • 2 tablespoons store-bought ginger dressing
  • 1 tablespoon everything bagel seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon chili crisp

Making Viral Cucumber And Pepper SaladAlexandra Shytsman for Taste of Home


Step 1: Chop the vegetables

Trim the tops off the peppers and discard. Using a paring knife, carefully cut the ribs out of the peppers and discard. Then slice both the peppers and cucumbers into thin rounds, and place in a large bowl.

Making Viral Cucumber And Pepper Salad 2Alexandra Shytsman for Taste of Home

Step 2: Dress the salad

Add the ginger dressing, bagel seasoning and chili crisp to the veggies. Toss to coat. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if you’d like.

Here’s What I Thought

First off, the colour combo is beautiful! The aesthetics combined with the satisfying crunch of the veggies makes the salad borderline addictive. If you want to serve it as a side dish, it would go perfectly alongside any grilled foods (like burgers), as well as barbecue favorites like ribs or pulled pork sandwiches.

Check out more easy summer salads worth adding to your repertoire.

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