Cucumber Slaw

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When I originally planned this post, I had every intention to ramble on and on about how much I love rice vinegar. It’s so good, I thought. I could drink it like juice, I told myself. But today, just before 2pm, as I walked through Georgetown, things began to rumble. Literally. Buildings were shaking. People abound stared in disbelief. My heart raced. Was that? No, it couldn’t have been? It must have been. By now, I’m sure you’ve heard. It was. An earthquake. Crazy. Sudden. Over just as quickly as it began. And catapulting me into contemplation and gratitude.

It made me think of this song. It made me think of countries and areas that have weaker infrastructures that would have been damaged beyond belief had the earthquake occurred there, instead of in DC. And it made me think of the recent tornado in Western MA and the recent hurricane that spread across Puerto Rico. How small are we in this massive Universe. How little control we have, although we convince ourselves that we are always in charge. Events like this make me count my blessings–my family, my friends, my health, my safety, and my Como Water

P.S…. I’ll have to ramble about rice vinegar in some other post… in the meantime, enjoy this cucumber slaw–the easiest summer side dish EVER!

Cucumber Slaw (printable recipe)


1/2 large English cucumber–cut into strips

1 mango–diced

1/3 cup carrots–cut into strips

dash to 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 teaspoons olive oil

pinch salt

pinch black pepper


*Prep veggies and add to large bowl. Whisk vinegar, olive oil, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Pour vinaigrette over veggies. Stir. Enjoy the crisp flavors!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. I didn’t know about the quake until I read your post. Apparently its the most powerful quake on the east coast of the US since 1897. Nice salad, I’ve never had mango with cucumber and carrots

  2. What a beautiful slaw! Love all the flavors too!

  3. The slaw looks AMAZING….and I’m grateful you’re okay!

  4. I love the addition of the mango to this! It must add wonderful sweetness. Love slaws in the summer months :)!

  5. Gorgeous! You moved to soon. We had the earthquake today and we are getting a hurricane this weekend. Washington is to full of hot air for a hurricane.

    • We got both toooooo!

  6. Glad you are safe! That would be scary! I use rice vinegar sometimes, but apparently you need to ramble, because I need more ideas for it!

  7. This is a beautiful salad Tiff and love the mango. Happy that you’re OK and Yes we have much to be thankful for. Gratitude is everything!!!

  8. Glad you hear you are okay. This slaw looks fabulous! Love the colors!

  9. Oh I love the veggies with the mango- it must be nice and crisp with the Rice vinegar too! Glad everyone is ok after the little quake on the east coast today too!

  10. The slaw looks great, I love rice vinegar too! We are kind of used to earthquakes over here in CA….. but I do understand what you are saying, the good ones always make us think……

  11. Wow. That looks so fresh and delicious !

  12. OMG I love rice vinegar too!! I especially like it with cucumbers, avocados, and sesame seeds – there’s enough greens in there to make me call it a salad 🙂 I love fruit with traditional salad ingredients (like cucumbers), so I will def have to try this out!

  13. I can’t wait to hear your rambling on rice vinegar. I love it too. I think it’s one of the most under appreciated ingredients out there.
    Glad you made it safely through the quake!

  14. Colorful slaw! “Rainbow” foods taste better, I think.

  15. Not sure how I missed this colorful slaw-it just looks like a big crunchy taste of summer! Yum-great side dish.
    Regarding the earth quake, I was reading a post and at the end I saw a comment on the quake. I automatically thought this person was on the west coast and the next day I was shocked to hear it was on the east! Glad you are ok.

  16. Love the mango in this coleslaw Tiffany. Deeeeeelicious!

  17. Beautiful slaw!!!! So bright and vibrant. Glad the earthquake wasn’t worse…we feel one in Indiana every few years…kind of freaky, isn’t it?

  18. Tiffany, your photos are so vivid. They really capture the vibrancy of the recipe you’ve got here – bravo! This looks like a wonderful accompaniment to so many dishes – the possibilities are limitless and this is definitely a useful recipe to have on hand.

  19. Glad you are OK…I sure it was very frighting. Your slaw is absolutely stunning!

  20. This looks amazing! Great combination of flavors :).

  21. I could smell the freshness of this!!!
    First tym at your place. Happy to follow u

    • Glad you came to visit Como Water!

  22. I know Tiff wasn’t the earthquake nuts?! I was at work when it happened and my neighbor and I stared at each other in disbelief haha.

    Your slaw looks super tempting!

  23. this looks so fresh and flavorful!! it just smells summer:)

  24. That slaw of yours just made me drool, Tiff! Awesome combination of colors and flavors!

  25. this cucumber slaw looks delicious! cukes, mangoes, carrots – awesome! i love rice wine vinegar too.

  26. Looks so fresh and colorful! This is my all time favorite kind of side dish……

  27. So glad you are ok. This is such a colorful salad. I love it!

  28. Did you get pukey? The few earthquakes we’ve had here have left me with seasick tummy. So weird! Glad you’re okay though and now you’ve lived to tell the tale!

    Lovely slaw darling! I think its missing just a touch of rice vinegar rant though 😉

  29. Yum! Love the combo of cucumber, carrots and mango! Don’t those colours just bring a smile to your face??

    The earthquake must have been scary! I am so glad you are fine! Sending you an extra hug!!!

  30. Oh this does look easy and delicious! I was so surprised to hear that an earthquake happened over near DC as well. The first time I felt an earthquake was when I was living in Indianapolis about 3 years ago…I had no idea what was going on. It wasn’t scary because it was so little…I would be really scared to live in California and feel them all the time though.

  31. This recipe is delicious! Crunchy, light, sweet and oh so satisfying. I love it.

  32. Tiffany….I love the bigger slices of veggie in this slaw AND the addition of mango! Your pictures, as always, are superb! I love rice vinegar, too. But I can drink most vinegars like juice! And that earthquake WAS amazing. I thought the same thing….how lucky we are compared to most who experience earthquakes… would have been far worse any place else. I count my blessings daily! : )

  33. I’m glad to hear everyone is okay. Earthquake is scary, especially when it’s mostly unexpected. 🙁 Your cucumber and mango slaw looks fantastic. I have to make it again, and yes I love rice vinegar too!

  34. Glad you’re ok. Whoa! Another Top 9! You’re rolling it in lately … Yay!!! Beautiful, beautiful colors!

  35. Such a tempting salad and I too use quite a bit of rice vinegar compared to the processed normal white vinegar and at times, the balsamic vinegar is also useful.

  36. this is great with grilled fish or in a barbeque…love the mango

  37. Sorry about the earthquake! Yikes! What is happening to our world. It is being shaken in so many ways. It is truly frightening. Glad you are all fine.

    Your slaw is nice and colorful and no, I’ve never had rice vinegar. Now you have me curious.

  38. How easy and beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing-

  39. Supposedly the quake was felt all the way here in New England but I didn’t feel a thing! Glad you weren’t hurt. These slaw looks fresh and delicious.

  40. That earthquake was crazy! I’m in NYC and we totally felt it here. Never would have thought such a strong earthquake would hit the east coast and be felt so far away! Glad you and your rice vinegar are safe and sound 🙂

  41. This looks delicious! I love you blog!

    • *your blog

  42. Congrats on Top 9! Great combination of flavors, I love this salad!

  43. Yippeeeeee! I had a feeling this one would make it into Top 9. Congrats!!!

  44. that’s a great looking slaw and love how refreshing it sounds.

  45. BEAUTIFUL!! Well deserved Top 9, Congrats!

  46. Great recipe! Congrats on Top 9! Thank goodness the earthquake didn’t do much damage.

  47. Love the mango in this slaw! Use I’m not a big slaw fan, but the addition of fruit has me craving it 🙂 Glad you are okay!

  48. Very fresh, colourful and appetizing!

  49. This looks so summer, refreshing, and perfect. I also have a zillion cucumbers in my garden right now, and this looks like an amazing way to use them up. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  50. This look so fresh and beautiful the recipe for this light slaw..great job (congrats on belated top 9)

  51. The earthquake is so crazy. I had mass texts and my facebook newsfeed was just filled about the earthquake on the east coast!!
    You slaw looks so summery and delicious. I am also in love with rice vinegar. SO GOOD. So I look forward to your post rambling on and on about it!

  52. I love this side dish….fresh and delicious.

  53. What a great salad! I have never seen a cucumber slaw, but I love the idea.

  54. Lovely slaw. I agree with you about vinegar too!


  55. I love how colorful the salad is, beautiful! Easy is my favorite, especially when life gets crazy, LOL! Stay safe during this scary storm, sending love and hugs! Terra

  56. This recipe looks delicious and your pictures are beautiful!

  57. Thank you for the comments everyone!

  58. This looks great! I have too many cucumbers for my own good–this will help me put them to use! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  59. I’ll be honest.

    I hate cucumbers.

    But I DO love rice vinegar. Perhaps too much for my parents’ palates, since I tend to douse things in it 🙂 So I’ll keep this slaw in mind. I do need my green veggies, after all.

  60. This will be a great way for me to use up my remaining rice vinegar languishing in the pantry.