Cucumber Onion Salad Recipe

Cucumber and Onion Salad is one of those salad recipes that I’m not sure who in the world invented it, but it is pretty much served in just every Southern household I’ve visited. It is timeless, a classic, and makes a wonderful dish.

Cucumber Onion Salad Recipe | ©

It comes together with just a few simple ingredients and is perfect to make for weeknight meals, picnics, bbqs, or even bringing along to family reunions.

As a matter of fact, it also makes for a perfect snack!


Families make this Cucumber Onion Salad in several different ways – from using apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar, only using small pickling cucumbers instead of English, adding in diced tomatoes (Cucumber, Tomato and Onion Salad), and adjusting the vinegar dressing to their taste. Regardless of how you make it, this stuff is just addictive!

Here’s our quick recipe for this Cucumber Onion Salad. I think you’ll love it!

Yield: 8

Cucumber Onion Salad Recipe

Total Time 5 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cucumber Onion Salad is a classic Southern side dish. Get this family-favorite Cucumber Onion Salad recipe that is perfect for so many occasions and just for snacking.
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  • 2 cucumbers peeled and sliced
  • half medium Vidalia onion
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Place cucumber slices into large bowl. Cut Vidalia onion into long thin strips and add to the bowl.
  2. In 2-cup measuring cup, add vinegar, sugar, salt, garlic, and water. Mix well with a fork and pour over cucumber and onions. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator at least an hour before serving.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch


This quick salad works perfectly as a side dish for these favorites:

Grilled Chicken Legs

Hamburger Slider

BBQ Chicken


Robyn xoxo


25 comments on “Cucumber Onion Salad Recipe”

  1. This looks wonderful!

  2. Yes ma’am! One of our family Summer favorites too!! (good with some chunks of home grown tomatoes tossed in)

  3. You must be reading my mind. Have been thinking about a good cucumber salad lately. Haven’t made it in years because hubby doesn’t like cucumbers, but will have to do it for myself. Thanks

  4. Summer wouldn’t be the same without this tried and true favorite! So light and fresh!

  5. Add sour cream and that’s my favorite summer dish.

  6. Thanks Robyn for the nice and easy recipe.

  7. I love it. Every barbecue needs a good vinegary salad. 🙂

  8. I have never heard of it! But I’ve only lived in Georgia for about 10 years. Sounds yummy!

  9. Oh, this looks wonderful 🙂 I love how simple it is!

  10. I live in the in the coastal area of South Carolina and from the time my garden produces the first cucumber we have cucumber salad everyday with dinner. One thing I add that I may have overlooked in the comments are peppers. Bell pepper, banana peppers, and a few pieces of hot pepper. This gives it the best flavor and I also added leftover cucumber salad to my salads.

  11. I’m going to try this today, I picked my first cucumber today from my garden. I like the comment from Mika adding the peppers as well.

  12. Just made this from another recipe without salt. I also added more liquid without compensating for sugar. Would it work to drain of liquid and add a little salt and sugar and marinate more. My salad is currently 8 hours old.

  13. My mom makes another version of this cucumber salad. We call it “Sour Cream and Cucumbers.” It makes a delightful summer salad, perfect for any BBQ.

  14. This needs updated – should be 5 minute prep 1:05 total

  15. My mom was from Germany and made this every summer, but added chopped fresh dill, dried dill if none available. She’d change it up and use sour cream.

  16. We have a garden full of spring onions right now that would be so good in this. Take away the garlic and this whole bowl is mine! You know I’m pinning it!

  17. My mom made this every summer. I have made it a few times, basically the way as these recipes.Maybe not with the same quanities.Always good. Sometimes teal good.

  18. My Mom used to make this all the time and my family is from Germany. My ex husband never heard of it and he grew up in the south. I never knew it was considered a southern recipe.

  19. I have no idea where the poster/author got the idea that this is a “Southern” thing. My Grandma and my Mom made this every summer all summer long. In Minnesota. Which is about as not Southern as you can get. I’ve also eaten this or variations on this salad in the Middle East, Europe (and Great Britain) and Australia.

    There’s something about the South (which is where I live now and love it and the people who live here) that makes Southerners think that if they do, make, or eat something it must therefor be “Southern”. That’s OK, I love them anyway.

    I had a bumper crop of cukes in my garden and a hankering for this particular salad that I have so much “history” with so I went looking for a recipe that seamed somewhere in the vicinity of what Grandma and Mom used to make. This looks like it or close enough. So thank you very much to this Southern person for this not-necessarily Southern recipe.

    This stuff is better the longer it sits in the sauce so I’m making it tonight to go with my country style ribs and tater tots tomorrow night.

    Thanks again for the recipe.

    • Scott,
      I hope this recipe is close to the one your Mom and Grandma use to make. Like I said in my post, I’m not sure where this recipe originally came from but I grew up with my Grandmother making it. I love those old recipes my grandmother used to make, too.

  20. How would it be with red wine vinegar or such?

  21. How many calories is this recipe? I do love making it and it is delicious!

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Adriana,
      I’m so happy you enjoy this recipe and glad that you left me a note to say hello and let me know!
      I have recently started adding nutritional information to my recipes as I post them, but for some of my previously posted recipes, I use a calorie tracking application, such as My Fitness Pal, to figure that information based on serving size and ingredients used.
      I hope this helps! Thanks so much! xo

  22. It is spicy and delicious. My family loves this recipe. Will make it again…

    Rating: 5

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