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The Best Cucumber Salad

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Summertime is not complete without the best cucumber salad! It takes thinly sliced cucumbers and red onions mixed together with a sweet vinegar dressing. You’ll love this easy and quick side dish!

sliced cucumber salad with sliced red onion in a white bowl

If there is one salad I have been eating NON STOP CONSTANTLY it’s this delicious bowl right here. I cannot stress enough how much I am in love with this salad.

Yes, I just said I am in love with a salad. 

It stays crispy for days in the refrigerator and only takes 15 minutes to throw together. 

If you’re familiar with cucumber salad you’ll know that there are basically two types – creamy and vinegar. Technically they both contain vinegar but the creamy includes (typically) sour cream.

I have a recipe for Greek yogurt ranch cucumber salad that is equally delicious if you’re a fan of the creamy variety. 

sliced cucumber salad in a white bowl with red onion

What type of cucumbers should I use in cucumber salad?

There are a lot of different cucumbers found in stores. Typically I see the traditional slicing cucumbers along with English, Persian mini, Kirby pickling cucumbers, etc. 

Yes, there really are that many different cucumbers! 

Lucky for you I’m going to make this salad super simple! 

I prefer to use the mini Persian cucumbers because they are thin-skinned, not overly seedy, and super crunchy. These are all good things when it comes to making an easy summer salad. 

However, you can use English cucumbers pretty interchangeably with this cucumber salad recipe. They are equally as thinned skinned but grow to be much larger than mini cucumbers. 

If you can only find traditional slicing cucumbers you might want to peel the cucumber as it’s skin is MUCH thicker and waxier than the English or Persian variety. 

I would leave Kirby cucumbers to pickling. They are the traditional “pickle” type of cucumber and work really well for most pickling recipes. Including my dad’s pickle recipe

sliced cucumber salad with red onions in a white bowl

How can I change cucumber salad? 

Looking to make a few changes? 

Here are a few changes or additions that can make this salad even more delicious! 

  • Don’t have seasoned rice wine vinegar? Try using apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, or even white vinegar. 
  • Want to add more vegetables? Chopped tomatoes, avocado, or even chickpeas make a delicious addition. 
  • Looking for a little extra spice? Bump up that crushed red pepper to make this cucumber salad a little spicier. 
  • Can’t find Persian mini cucumbers? Try using English cucumbers. 
  • Looking for a different flavor profile? Drizzle in a little sesame oil, take out the dill and add in sesame seeds for an Asian inspired salad. 

close up picture of sliced cucumber salad

Can I use fresh dill instead of dried dill? 

Of course! I typically enjoy using fresh herbs in my salads over dried herbs. 

However, it’s been a bit difficult to find fresh herbs so I developed this recipe using dried herbs so it can be made all year round. 

If you want to use fresh dill you’ll want to use more than the dried amount. This is because fresh herbs are less concentrated than dried so you’ll want to use more to get that big burst of flavor. 

I would add 1 tablespoon of minced fresh dill in place of the 1 teaspoon dried dill. 

cucumber salad in a white bowl

How do I store cucumber salad? 

You’ll want to store cucumber salad covered in the refrigerator.

We typically eat this whole batch in 2 days but it will stay for up to 4 days. 

The longer the cucumber salad sits in the fridge the more the cucumbers will pick up the vinegar dressing. Surprisingly the cucumbers will still stay crunchy but they may have a bit more bite to them. 

Since this salad does not that contain mayonnaise it’s a great option for summer picnics! 

large white bowl filled with sliced cucumber salad

Loving this cucumber salad recipe? 

Why not try some of my other delicious summer side salads!

large white bowl filled with sliced cucumber salad

The Best Cucumber Salad

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound mini cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine.
  2. Cover, and place in the refrigerator and let sit for at least 2 hours to help the flavors develop.
  3. Serve cold.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 37Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 356mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

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