"Variety is the spice of life."
I think one of the key aspects of staying on a healthy eating track is having a variety of condiments/toppings/sauces always available. I love that there are so many store bought options out there with quality ingredients and minimal fillers. But I also have several items that I make regularly to keep my tastebuds from getting bored. This is a simple spicy cucumber relish that can take so many dishes from boring to wow! Aside from eating it alone as a side and adding it to regular salads, I mixed this with tuna for a mayo-less tuna salad option, topped a one-pan "egg roll in a bowl" dish, and also topped a simply cooked salt & pepper salmon with this zingy, fresh relish.
1 sm cucumber, quartered lengthwise and sliced thin
1 lg shallot, sliced thin
¼ thai chili pepper (bird's eye, serrano), finely chopped
2 T cilantro, finely chopped
For the liquid, I use my refrigerator pickling liquid and since I'm doing a whole30, I replaced the honey with the juice of a quarter of an orange. For this recipe, you only need about 1/2 cup of liquid.