DELIA’S CUCUMBER DIPPING SAUCE ( from her Summer Collection book)

This a great little sweet/sour dipping sauce. Delia paired it with some Thai-style fish cakes, but it’s good for almost anything you fancy.


  • Food processor
  • pretty bowl, for serving


  • 2 inch piece of fresh unpeeled cucumber
  •  a small carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 spring onions, roughly chopped
  • a small green chilli, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoonful of roasted peanuts (optional- I’ve never used them)
  • 1 tablespoon of soft brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoonfuls of rice or wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoonful of light Soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoonful of light oil


  • Put the first 5 of the list (cucumber, carrot, spring onion, ginger, chilli) plus the peanuts if you’re using them, into a goblet of a food processor and blitz until finely chopped.
  • Transfer the chopped vegetables to the serving bowl
  • Mix the sugar into the vinegar, and stir until it dissolves.
  • Then pour it, the Soy sauce and the oil over the vegetables and mix together.
  • Taste, and adjust seasoning.


  • Mr Sat Night can’t bear vinegar –  so I tend not to use – unless he annoys me, obvs… 😉 . So I tend to replace vinegar with either Lime or lemon juice, or a combination of both.
  • The only reason I don’t add the peanuts is the nut-allergy risk to our daughter.

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