Simple Cucumbers + Onions + Vinegar Recipe = SUMMER

Nothing says summer to me more than the good old Cucumber and Onion Salad. Growing up, we always had a bowl of this in the fridge — white onions, Kirby cucumbers, vinegar, water, salt, and a bit of dill. My mom would write it on the grocery list as cucs-n-onions. That way she knew all the ingredients she needed for the dish. Today, there is a Tupperware container that sits in my fridge – nearly all summer long – that is full of the same ingredients. I simply replenish each ingredient as needed. Don’t worry-I wash out the container once in a while, too.

Delicious Cucumber Salad. cucumber and onion salad recipe by kidsactivitiesblog.com
Let’s make cucumber and onion salad for summer!

let’s make cucumber and onion salad recipe

When I make these, I emphasize the vinegar. That’s right… the more vinegar, the better! I love the sour/bitter taste it leaves when the first drop hits my tongue. I know, some of you will say it tastes sour, some will say bitter and some will say it just tastes “vinegar-y”.

A normal ratio would be 2-3 parts water to 1 part vinegar, but I prefer mostly vinegar with a large splash of water. I know now that there are no quantities listed and that is for a reason.

For this salad, you go by taste, not measurement, to get the flavor you are looking for to make it refreshing on a hot summer day. Trust yourself. You can’t screw this up. I promise!

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cucumber and onion salad Ingredients

  • English cucumbers
  • White onion
  • Fresh Dill
  • White Vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • Water

instructions to make cucumber and onion salad

Step 1

Wash, peel, and slice cucumbers into thin rounds.

Step 2

Slice white onions into rings or crescent shapes.

Step 3

Mix sliced cucumbers and white onions in a container.

Step 4

Add the white vinegar, fresh dill, water, and salt to taste.

Our Experience Making cucumber and onion salad

Many people ask, what about sugar? Yes, many recipes for this type of salad call for sugar. Truth be told, it’s not needed. One quick way to eliminate added sugar from your calories! This salad is so light, cool, thirst-quenching, and not to mention filling!

There is so much to know about vinegar-there are so many types-balsamic, red wine, white wine, champagne, sherry, rice, apple cider, malt, fruit-infused, etc. My favorite right now is white balsamic vinegar. Try drizzling it over salads mostly with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper.

The folks over at the Vinegar Institute are serious about their calling. This site gives more information about vinegar– uses recipes, FAQ, and an excellent overview of market trends with regard to sales and consumption of vinegar (if you’re into that kind of stuff). It’s a professional organization with members from around the world. Check it out in your spare time.

Yield: 1 bowl

Simple Cucumbers + Onions + Vinegar Recipe

Delicious Cucumber Salad

This cucumber and onion salad is very easy and quick to make. Make sure to create a good amount because it will be a hit especially for summer!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • English cucumbers
  • White onion
  • Fresh Dill
  • White Vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • Water

Instructions

  1. Wash, peel, and slice cucumbers into thin rounds
  2. Slice white onions into rings or crescent shapes.
  3. Mix sliced cucumbers and white onions in a container.
  4. Add the white vinegar, fresh dill, water, and salt to taste.

What summer says to you besides the old standbys of watermelon, sweet corn, homegrown tomatoes, and freshly picked blueberries?

Would love to see what food memories summer conjures up for you! Share it with us in the comments section.

One Comment

  1. Debbie Bickel says:

    We have always loved this salad too. Our family has used red onions, cider vinegar, half water and half vinegar. It’s such a refreshing side to any entree in the summer and so simple it’s easy to have it often. I think it’s a natural with grilled burgers or bbq.

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