Friday, August 18, 2017

Cucumber Vinegar Salad

Cucumber Vinegar Salad is a classic southern favorite. A simple recipe with refreshing crisp cucumbers and onions come together with the help of a sweet vinegar marinade to create a summer salad that will knock your socks off.

One of my favorite summer dishes has always been the classic Cucumber Vinegar Salad. You know the one. Your grandma has probably been making it since before you were born and it is on just about every picnic and potluck table in America.

I grew up in Florida and of course the weather is gorgeous, so we would grill and have parties all summer long. It was always a potluck, you didn't even have to ask. It was just good manners to bring something when you were invited to dinner.

My mom always made my 2 favorite summer salads. Nana's Southern Style Macaroni Salad and her Southern Style Potato Salad. But some how, almost as if it was fated... cucumber vinegar salad was always in attendance.  I can't remember who used to bring it, but rest assured it was always there.

Classically, Cucumber Vinegar Salad is prepared with cucumbers, sweet onions and white vinegar. Which tastes really great, don't get me wrong. I prepared it the traditional way for many years, but I just can't leave recipes alone so I decided to kick it up just a tiny bit.

It all starts out by slicing cucumbers thinly. I used my mandoline slicer to make it easy and even, then I place them in a bowl, sprinkle them with salt and refrigerate for 2 hours. Sitting in salt helps to draw out the liquid.

While the cucumbers are in the fridge, I warm up the vinegar mixture. Apple Cider Vinegar, water, sugar (or granulated sweetener) and dill. Warm it just until the sugar dissolves. Pour mixture over your cucumbers and onions. Refrigerate until ready to serve and enjoy. It is so easy and the added sugar and dill really take this classic recipe over the top. You are going to love it.


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Cucumber Vinegar Salad

Cucumber Vinegar Salad is a classic southern favorite. A simple recipe with refreshing crisp cucumbers and onions come together with the help of a sweet vinegar marinade to create a summer salad that will knock your socks off.


  • 2 English cucumbers, thinly sliced 
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt 
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water 
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh chopped dill
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 


  1. Place cucumbers in serving dish. Sprinkle with salt. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Pour off the liquid (do not rinse). 
  2. Meanwhile, combine vinegar, water, sugar and dill in a small saucepan. Warm over medium heat just until sugar is dissolved. Add onion to cucumbers. Pour vinegar mixture over cucumbers and onion. Toss to combine. Refrigerate over night.
  3. Serve and enjoy!


  1. I like to peel one cucumber for different textures.

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  1. Don't know if these salad recipes are new or an older posting, but I don't like how you changed the way to save these for later use. I don't like to save the whole page, only the recipe. Waste too much space on the hard drive. Give us a choice. D

  2. Dee, if I may reply to your post.....just highlight the actual recipe or what parts of the post you want to save ....then click on copy and go to Microsoft Word or what ever program you have and click paste.

    This should help you.

  3. I Pin these, but I do not like that the recipe link takes you to Ebay, where my account is openened.

  4. I used the dill and it was good. The next salad I used I eliminated the dill and used whole cloves. Four to be exact. I liked both.


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