Cucumber Salad

05.20.2019

Amazingly refreshing Cucumber Salad! Cold and crisp English cucumbers and vibrantly flavored red onion slices are tossed with a bright, fresh herb vinaigrette. It’s the perfect easy side to all your favorite summer foods!

Cucumber Salad in white serving bowl set over a dark grey napkin.

Easy Cucumber Salad

Cucumbers are one of those staple vegetables you can always find in my fridge. They are great for snacking, they make the best salads, and they’re a delicious topping for wraps and sandwiches (check out my links below for more ideas).

Here they become the star of the show as the main ingredient in this easy and healthy cucumber salad! It’s a summer must have recipe for cookouts and simple dinners, or for lunch skip the pickles and try it atop of a sandwich (it’s so good on a tuna sandwich).

Serve it up with hearty, stacked Turkey Burger, juicy chilled watermelon, Grilled Corn on the Cob and this Cucumber Salad! This is how we welcome summer.

Ingredients needed to make cucumber salad shown here including English cucumbers, mayonnaise, olive oil, garlic, apple cider vinegar, dill, parsley, honey, and red onion.

Ingredients Needed for Cucumber Salad

  • English cucumbers – no peeling required!
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper – the salt helps draw the excess moisture from the cucumbers so the salad isn’t wet. So keep in mind too a lot of it will get drained and dabbed off, add more if needed at the end.
  • Apple cider vinegar – this gives it that tangy kick.
  • Olive oil – this helps balance out the acidic flavors of the vinegar.
  • Mayonnaise – only 1 Tbsp is used to add a hint of creaminess to the dressing.
  • Honey – a hint of this keeps the vinegar from being overwhelming.
  • Fresh parsley and dill – if you don’t want to buy both you can just use one or the other.
  • Fresh garlic – key to a delicious dressing.
  • Red onion – be sure to rinse the onion first to remove excess harsh flavor.

Showing how to make cucumber salad. Tossing cucumbers in a colander with salt.

How to Make Cucumber Salad

  • Salt and drain cucumbers: place sliced cucumbers in a colander.
  • Sprinkle with salt and toss to evenly coat, while separating slices so salt coats all cucumbers.
  • Transfer colander to refrigerator set over a plate to allow cucumbers to drain 30 – 60 minutes.

Making cucumber salad dressing. Whisking apple cider vinegar, mayonnaise, honey, olive oil, dill, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper,

  • Make dressing: meanwhile in a mixing bowl whisk together apple cider vinegar, olive oil, mayonnaise, honey, parsley, dill, garlic, and pepper until emulsified (well blended).
  • Chill until ready to use.
  • Rinse red onions: place red onion in a fine mesh sieve, rinse under cool water and drain.

Drying cucumbers on paper towels.

  • Dry cucumbers: spread cucumbers over a double layer of paper towels.
  • Top with another layer of paper towels then roll paper towels up (with cucumbers inside) and press to remove excess liquid

Pouring dressing over cucumbers and red onion in white serving bowl.

Toss everything together: transfer cucumbers and red onion to a large bowl. Whisk dressing again until emulsified then pour over cucumbers. Toss to coat well. Serve within one hour.

Cucumber salad in serving bowl after tossing together.

What’s the Best Type of Cucumber to Use for Cucumber Salad?

I like to use English cucumbers (hot house cucumbers) here because they consistently seem to have the best flavor. No bitter seeds and no peeling required! Those mini Persian cucumbers are another great option.

Garden (American) or Kirby cucumbers will work here too, just peel before using, then cut cucumbers in half through the length and scoop out the seeds.

What Type of Vinegar Can I Use for Cucumber Salad?

I usually opt for the apple cider vinegar but based on what you have any of these will work great:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Rice vinegar
  • White vinegar
  • White or dark balsamic vinegar

Cucumber salad shown in white ceramic serving bowl set over a dark grey napkin.

Can I Halve the Recipe?

Only have one cucumber and smaller group to feed? These recipe will halve easily and I recommend only make what you’ll need because it doesn’t store very well.

How Far in Advance Can Cucumber Salad be Made?

For best results I recommend serving cucumber salad within an hour of adding the dressing. The cucumbers will start to break down and get watery and they won’t be as crisp.

Close up image of cucumber salad.

More Cucumber Recipes You’ll Love:

Cucumber salad served on top of an open faced tuna salad sandwich. Served with a side of potato chips. This is a serving suggestion.

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Cucumber Salad

5 from 4 votes

Amazingly refreshing Cucumber Salad! Cold and crisp English cucumbers and vibrantly flavored red onion slices are tossed with a bright, fresh herb vinaigrette. It's the perfect easy side to all your favorite summer foods!

Servings: 8
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 (16 oz. each) large English cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp finely minced fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh dill
  • 1 tsp minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced (1/2 cup)

Instructions

  1. Place sliced cucumbers in a colander. Sprinkle with salt and toss to evenly coat, while separating slices so salt coats all cucumbers. Transfer colander to refrigerator set over a plate to allow cucumbers to drain 30 - 60 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile in a mixing bowl whisk together apple cider vinegar, olive oil, mayonnaise, honey, parsley, dill, garlic, and pepper until blended. Chill until ready to use.

  3. Place red onion in a fine mesh sieve, rinse and drain.

  4. Spread cucumbers over a double layer of paper towels. Top with another layer of paper towels then roll paper towels up (with cucumbers inside) and press to remove excess liquid.

  5. Transfer cucumbers and red onion to a large bowl. Whisk dressing again until blended then pour over cucumbers. Toss to coat well. Serve within one hour.

Nutrition Facts
Cucumber Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 68 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 160mg7%
Potassium 178mg5%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Vitamin C 4.8mg6%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cucumber Salad
Calories: 68 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

12 comments

  • Irene M: This was very very delicious. I loved that you added very little honey to sweeten it. This will be my go to salad. August 12, 2019 at 2:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So happy to hear it will be your go to, thanks for your review! August 12, 2019 at 6:40pm Reply

  • Marlene: What a delicious salad! Followed the recipe and added chives from my garden. This will be my go to salad when I’m inundate with cucumbers. July 31, 2019 at 2:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great addition! Glad you liked it! July 31, 2019 at 3:22pm Reply

  • Nancy Wineland: Cucumber salad question …. are the cucumbers rinsed prior to rolling in the paper toweling?

    Thank you June 26, 2019 at 4:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No because most the salt will drain off and dab off from the paper towel. June 26, 2019 at 7:01pm Reply

  • Ethel Palm: I made this tonight and everyone loved it. I followed the recipe and then added crumbled feta which went well with the dish. We ended up talking about you web site and how you can easily find healthy meals that are tasty and scaled for the average family. June 21, 2019 at 7:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: The feta addition sounds delicious! I hope you find more recipes you enjoy! June 21, 2019 at 7:20pm Reply

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: Cucumber salad is the best! I love this recipe for summer. :) June 2, 2019 at 5:35pm Reply

  • Cindy. (Winnipeg. Mb: Although the Vegetable cabbage soup was delicious as is. I added a 1/2 tsp of cumin it gave the soup a wonderful aroma and beautiful flavor
    Try it you’ll like it(: May 24, 2019 at 8:33am Reply

  • Michelle Gremillion: This is amazing.. I’m on keto and diabetic doers.. Fits in great… Love this May 21, 2019 at 8:31am Reply

  • Eliza: Add mayo to this salad and serve it as a filling in sandwiches. Trust me everyone will love it! May 20, 2019 at 9:48pm Reply

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