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    Light and refreshing cucumber salad recipe – perfect for a hot summer day. It’s a great side for just about anything you put on the grill – chicken, steak, and fish.

    Tops shot of cucumber salad recipe in a glass bowl

    This easy cucumber salad is light and refreshing for a hot summer day. It’s a perfect side for just about anything you put on the grill. I like to serve it alongside chicken, fish or steak.

    It’s very easy to make and it takes only about 10-15 minutes to put together. It’s a great last-minute side dish for your 4th of July get together or BBQ party.

    How To Make Cucumber Salad

    • Slice the cucumber in half horizontally and then in slices. Slice the onion in thin strips.
    • Mix cucumber and onions in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
    • Mix white wine vinegar, water, sugar in a small bowl. Pour over the cucumbers and onions, and stir well.
    • Sprinkle some fresh chopped dill and stir. 
    Easy Cucumber Salad Recipe - close up shot

    Cucumber Salad Dressing

    If you are wondering what dressing goes with this cucumber and onion salad, look no further. This simple dressing is light and delicious. It’s made with white wine vinegar, water, a tablespoon of sugar (or any sweetener), fresh chopped dill, salt, and black pepper.

    Quick and Easy Salad

    Even though this salad with cucumbers is very quick and easy, it doesn’t lack flavor. The simple dressing brings all the delicious and refreshing flavor of the marinated cucumbers. The cucumbers are crunchy and cool. Even though it tastes great with just vinegar and salt, adding onions & dill elevates this simple salad to something more interesting.

    Cucumber Onion salad with forks, plates and towel

    This Meditteranean cucumber salad is also healthy because it doesn’t use any mayo or sour cream. And if you are looking for a keto cucumber salad, you could substitute the tablespoon of sugar with another sweetener or omit it. I used English cucumbers, but you could use regular pickling cucumbers. If I use the pickling cucumbers, I would use 4 to substitute the 2 long English cucumbers. Also, you can serve the cucumber onion salad right away or store it in the fridge for an hour before serving. In general, the salad can be refrigerated for about 2-3 days.

    Cucumber salad in vinegar made with English cucumber

    This cucumber dill salad is one of my favorite go-to salads in addition to Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad, Caesar Salad, Tomato Salad. It’s tasty, simple, and uses only 5 main ingredients.

    What is your favorite summer salad?

    cucumber dill salad in a glass bowl

    What to serve with it

    This quick salad is great as a side served with almost anything. Try it with some of these easy dinner ideas.

    Cucumber Salad Recipe
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    Cucumber Salad

    Light and refreshing cucumber salad – perfect for a hot summer day. It’s a great side for just about anything you put on the grill – chicken, steak and fish.
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes
    Servings 8
    Calories 24kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    • 2 long English cucumbers
    • 1 medium onion
    • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1 Tbsp sugar , (or coconut sugar or sweetener of choice)
    • 1/3 cup fresh dill, chopped
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Slice the cucumber in half and then in slices. Slice the onion in thin stripes. Mix cucumber and onions in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
    • Mix white wine vinegar, water, sugar in a small bowl. Pour over the cucumbers and onions, and stir well.
    • Sprinkle some fresh chopped dill and stir. 

    TIPS & NOTES

    If you are not planning to eat the salad right away, or if you are planning to refrigerate it overnight, make sure you follow this step:
    Before making the recipe above, season the sliced cucumbers with salt and place them in a colander sitting in a bowl in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. Allow the salt to draw out the excess moisture. Once the cucumbers have drained, discard the liquid and continue with the recipe. 

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.7g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 293.2mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 3.4g | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.2mg
    Course Salad
    Cuisine Mediterranean
    How To Make Cucumber Salad
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    July 3, 2017

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    Comments

    Marianne Hartnack

    what can i substitute for the dill?

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Parsley would work too, even though it won’t taste the same.

    Olga

    5 stars
    Neli, it looks perfect and tasty! Can’t wait to have this anytime of the day, love it!

    Anna

    Neli, what a great idea! I love cucumber salads. Your version really pleases me very well, with ingredients that I often use in cooking too.

    Sophie Anderson

    5 stars
    I made cucumber salad twice times per week, it’s same with your recipe but after salad done, I add 1-2 tablespoons of chopped dry-roasted peanuts. It make the salad more tasty.

    Anthony Allen

    5 stars
    YUMMY..To me, this is a classic southern salad that brings back wonderful memories of summertime dinners that were full of fresh garden veggies. Thanks for yor recipe!!

      Eva

      This is definitely a classic in the North as well.

    Debi

    Try adding sour cream to your taste. My grandmother did it that way & I used to love it.

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Debi! Yes, another way to make a cucumber salad is with some sour cream or yogurt. 🙂

    debby

    can I not salt the cumber, my cousin is on a no salt diet.

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      sure, you can skip the salt if your cousin is on a salt diet. But it won’t taste quite the same.

    Joan

    5 stars
    Good recipe. I think the salt notation is a little confusing. Probably should read tsp for teaspoon instead of tbsp. My first try was too salty but second was just fine.

    Rivaria

    5 stars
    Simple & tasty cucumber salad recipe. Within 15 mins prepared & serve it. Nice:)

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      5 stars
      Thanks, Rivaria! It is very delicious indeed and easy to make too!

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