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Cucumber Salad

cucumber salad Side
Cucumber Salad
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 3 hr 10 min
  • Servings 6

A perfect side dish for a hot weather meal, this light and easy cucumber salad is an excellent accompaniment to seafood, chicken or grilled red meat. Paper-thin slices of cucumber are tossed in a light vinegar mixture and allowed to marinate for a few hours to deepen their flavor. The result is a light, refreshing salad. MORE+ LESS-

September 21, 2018

Ingredients

2
medium cucumbers, thinly sliced
1/3
cup cider or white vinegar
1/3
cup water
2
tablespoons sugar
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon pepper
Chopped fresh dill weed or parsley, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Place cucumbers in small glass or plastic bowl.
  • 2
    In tightly covered container, shake remaining ingredients except dill weed. Pour over cucumbers. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours to blend flavors.
  • 3
    Drain cucumbers. Sprinkle with dill weed. Store covered in refrigerator.

  • This is almost like a quick pickle, allowing the cucumbers to marinate in the tangy-sweet dressing just until the cucumbers wilt and are deliciously tender. Fresh dill or fennel fronds, a pinch of allspice, whole coriander seed or a bay leaf added during the marinating time all add an aromatic herbal note.

Expert Tips

  • Stir in thinly sliced red onion with the cucumbers; they become extra sweet and any pungency is tamed.
  • Serve these cukes with grilled salmon or chicken. Or spoon some onto a grilled burger with sliced tomatoes or layer into a homemade Dagwood sub sandwich.
  • After draining the cucumbers, stir in 3/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt. Serve with an assortment of other small salads at a picnic buffet.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving (about 1/2 cup)
Calories
30
Calories from Fat
0
% Daily Value
Total Fat
0g
0%
Saturated Fat
0g
0%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
200mg
8%
Potassium
115mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
7g
2%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
6g
Protein
0g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • If your garden is blessed with lots of cucumbers this season, making this cucumber onion salad is a great way to showcase the vegetable to its best advantage. The quick-pickle method for cucumbers in vinegar is easy to prep in just 10 minutes. Then you can attend to the rest of the meal (or relax in the garden) while the marinade does its work. This is no-fuss cooking at its finest, and you’ll be pleased to find all the ways this cucumber salad elevates the rest of your meal, whether you’re serving fresh-caught fish, smoked pork, grilled salmon or homemade hamburgers. From fancy to plain, this cucumber salad goes well with every entrée. If you’d like to find more quick, fresh and healthy salads, check out Betty’s best salad recipes.

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