Cucumber Salad Recipe – This refreshing cucumber salad is a great side dish for any meal – chicken, beef, pork, fish, or vegetables! A longtime family favorite ready in minutes and full of flavor!

Cucumber Salad Recipe - This refreshing cucumber salad is a great side dish for any meal - chicken, beef, pork, fish, or vegetables! A longtime family favorite ready in minutes and full of flavor! // addapinch.com

 

Cucumber 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 Salad Recipe

So quick and easy to make this cucumber salad comes together in about 10-15 minutes and is perfect for serving right away or storing away in the refrigerator to marinate in the simple dressing to just become even more delicious!

To make it, you’ll want to start with fresh cucumbers. For the cucumbers, you can use whatever type you prefer. My family has always used fresh cucumbers straight from the garden that they’ve peeled and sliced. But if you prefer a cucumber with fewer seeds, you might like to use an English cucumber instead.

If you are using onions, you’ll want to make sure to have your onion peeled and then slice it into thin slices and add to the cucumber.

Next, you’ll mix together your simple dressing for the salad that just uses a few simple ingredients. Add your vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, garlic, and water to a large liquid measuring cup or bowl. Whisk until it is well combined and then pour the dressing over the cucumber salad.

Cucumber Salad Recipe - This refreshing cucumber salad is a great side dish for any meal - chicken, beef, pork, fish, or vegetables! A longtime family favorite ready in minutes and full of flavor! // addapinch.com

You can now serve it or cover and refrigerate overnight for the cucumbers to marinate in the dressing even more!

What Do You Serve With Cucumber Salad?

Cucumber salad makes a great side dish it is so light and refreshing! We love to have it with just about anything, but especially love it with grilled chicken, BBQ ribs, pulled pork, and even a pimento cheese sandwich!

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.

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.

Cucumber Salad Recipe - This refreshing cucumber salad is a great side dish for any meal - chicken, beef, pork, fish, or vegetables! A longtime family favorite ready in minutes and full of flavor! // addapinch.com

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

Cucumber Salad Recipe - This refreshing cucumber salad is a great side dish for any meal - chicken, beef, pork, fish, or vegetables! A longtime family favorite ready in minutes and full of flavor! // addapinch.com

Cucumber Salad Recipe

Cucumber Salad Recipe - This refreshing cucumber salad is a great side dish for any meal - chicken, beef, pork, fish, or vegetables! A longtime family favorite ready in minutes and full of flavor! 
4.9 from 19 votes

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Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 8
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Place cucumber slices into large bowl. Cut Vidalia onion into long thin strips and add to the bowl.
  • 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.
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

 

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49 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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

  11. I used Apple Cider Vinegar, left out the garlic, replaced Vidalias with green table onions and added celery seed. Just like Gram made!

  12. The Army has been serving this to me lately while deployed. I’d never had it before. I am 100% addicted to it now, however, and I’ve been raving about it to my wife, and insisting we make it a part of our regular dining experience upon my return home. I figured it would be fairly easy to make, and quite similar to 3 bean salad, but thank you for the recipe! I’m eager to “make” my wife try it.

    1. I hope you and your wife enjoy it! It’s a tasty little side dish isn’t it?!
      Best of luck to you on your return back home, Ned! Thank you so much for your service to our country!

  13. My mother would makes this without garlic and use apple cider vinegar and she was polish. She never measured. Just threw the dressing ingredients together in a jar and adjusted everything to taste. She was polish from Pa. 😊.

  14. I grew up in CT many years ago, and my mother made cucumber onion salad a lot. I changed it up a bit and put some dried dill into it. Very tasty, but I can hear her now admonishing me for changing her recipe.

  15. Excellent. This is the recipe I was raised on, except for the addition of about half a teaspoon of fennel seeds.

  16. Delicious! I used a yellow onion since I didn’t have a Vidalia onion. I had to double the recipe because i had big cucumbers and I let it sit overnight. Turned out great. This recipe is a keeper.

  17. I need to know amount of stevia vs sugar? Diabetic. I KNOW stevia says cup for cup, but that may be true for baking but BOT for cooking – stevia waaay too sweet. Also, this recipe originated in Germany (and maybe Poland) Germans use vinegar in practically everything!

    1. Hi – I’ve never made this with stevia so I’m sorry that I can’t say exactly. However, there is only 2 teaspoons of sugar in the recipe, so I think maybe you could start with much smaller amount of stevia than that to start and taste a bit of the mixture. You can always add a bit more if you need it after tasting.

  18. Very similar, but we use the truly sweet onion, Walla Walla Sweets. Once you have eaten one, you will never go back to Vidalias. My mother made it this way and my mother-in-law made it with the addition of sour cream. Either way it is great! Just remember the Walla Walla Sweets!

    1. Hi Laura,
      Since I live in Georgia, we always have the Vidalia onion. I don’t remember ever seeing Walla Walla onions here. I always thought this Cucumber Onion Salad was a Southern dish until I was grown because my grandmother and mother always made this, too. Thanks!

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