Easy Cucumber & Onion Salad

There are some summer dishes that are just easy classics using fresh garden ingredients.  Today’s recipe is the perfect example, Cucumber & Onion Salad. Slice cucumbers and onion, mix a quick marinade of vinegar, sugar,  salt and pepper.  The longer you marinate it, the better it tastes, but you can do a quick pickling.





The kind of vinegar you use is really a personal choice. I really like organic apple cider vinegar’s crisp taste plus it has such great benefits for your health. There are claims to all sorts of benefits, many of which are supported by science.  This includes weight loss, reduced cholesterol, lower blood sugar levels and improved symptoms of diabetes.   See my post, Apple Cider Vinegar: Health Benefits & Uses for more information.  Of course if you prefer white vinegar, red wine vinegar or rice vinegar, feel free to substitute.

I do not add water to the marinade like many recipes.  The cucumbers release water as they soak.  If you find the dressing too strong, you can dilute it with a little water.  I’ve seen many recipes for this dish that call for a lot of sugar.  If you need to increase the sugar, try increasing to the same amount as the vinegar – 2/3 cup.  If like me, you love fresh herbs, sprinkle a little dill on the salad.  Parsley or basil is also good.  Also I am using a red onion as I love the color in the salad, but you could easily slice a white one too. A Vidalia is a good choice.





Cucumber & Onion Salad

Use organic when available. If you want to make a traditional southern marinade, it’s a simple recipe.



Cucumber & Onion Salad

An easy and refrshing side dish of fresh cudcumber and onion slices in a marinade of vinegar and sugar, with salt and pepper.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cucumber and onion salad
Servings 5 servings


  • 4 large cucumbers
  • 1 onion, red or white
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar or red wine or rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional fresh herbs like dill or basil


  • Peel and slice cucumber into thin slices
  • Halve and slice onion into thin slices
  • Mix cucumbers and onions in large bowl
  • Mix in second bowl vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper
  • Stir until sugar disolves
  • Pour marinade over vegetables and toss to coat
  • Optional sprinkle fresh dill, parlsy, or basil on salad
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes
  • Serve chilled

Enjoy your fresh garden salad!







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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

30 thoughts to “Easy Cucumber & Onion Salad”

    1. the sour cream version is popular here too – make yourself a little salad and enjoy it!

  1. My gran used to make this and I just love it. (I don’t know if I loved it then, but I do now!) It’s especially pretty with the red onion (or shallot) and sometimes I’ll add a thinly sliced scallion and the tops for a bit of extra color. You’re right about the dill — it’s very nice. Thanks — I don’t have a written recipe, I just wing it, so this is helpful!

  2. That salad seems so simple yet with those ingredients must be very tasty. Four cucumbers seems a lot but I trust you Carol.

    1. If it’s only for 2 paeople halve it, but I suggest you keep it in a covered container and eat on it for several days. It’s better the 2nd day.

  3. Bill loves this salad. I never add sugar, but lately have been using seasoned rice vinegar. Is there a reason why apple cider vinegar has more health benefits than any other vinegar?

    1. no I’m not sure why but I think most vinegars have good properties but I love the taste of apple cider vinegar

  4. I thought this photo of your salad was brilliant, so attractive when I saw it on IG. It is great to have the recipe I must get into using Apple cider vinegar more, you’re so right!
    Have a lovely week
    Wren x

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