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Cucumber Onion Salad

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I know this sounds like a simple little salad, and I guess it is. But for me it is also for time traveling. One whiff of the onions in vinegar and I’m 7 and setting the table in the summer. Cucumber Onion Salad, to me, is one of the quintessential summer salads.

simple summer dish

This is definitely an old fashioned salad! I can remember it at every single summer gathering we had as a child. When I made it for my my family it was like taking a step back in time.

Old fashioned summer salad

The Ulitmate Potluck Salad

Why is this the ultimate potluck salad? Somewhere in the line of rich heavy dishes at the potluck you need a little palate clenaser. A quick pickle or a sour relish, or this salad will do the trick!

picnic salad

About your Cucumber Onion Salad:

  • you can swap out the onion with a shallot if you like them better
  • I use braggs apple cide vinegar but any brand you have on hand will work!
  • if you don’t have any apple cider vinegar you can use other vinegars but it will change the flavors
  • if it looks like you won’t have enough brine don’t worry the cucumbers will juice up once the salt hits them
  • make this at least 4 hours in advance to really give the flavors a chance to meld, but really overnight is best if you can give it that long
  • cover it well or your whole fridge will smell of vinegar

Recyle the Brine!

Once you’ve served all the cucumbers and onions out of the brine you can add more cucumbers and onions. I’ve recycled the brine for an extra salad with success!

Can you use it more than that?? I don’t know I haven’t tried it! But if you try it let me know how it turns out!!

Other Summer Cookout Favorites!

Yield: 8 servings

Cucumber Onion Salad

cucumber onion salad a simple summer dish

YES, that salad that was always on the table at family gatherings!

Prep Time 10 minutes
refrigeration 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cucumbers
  • 1/2 sweet onion, medium sized onion, or use shallots
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, taste for more salt after they rest in the fridge
  • 1 tsp sugar

Instructions

  1. wash and peel cucumbers, I like to peel just a little strip off with a carrot peeler, slice the cucumbers into thin round slices
  2. peel off the outer layer of onion skin, then thinly slice the onion, if you're using a shallot peel it and slice it the same way
  3. toss the cucumbers slices and onions together in a bowl and set aside
  4. mix the last of the ingredients together until the sugar and salt dissolve, pour over the cucumbers
  5. stir to combine, don't worry if it looks like their isn't enough brine, the salt with bring out the cucumber juices
  6. cover tightly and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving
  7. taste before serving and add any extra salt you may need, you can also sprinkle them with ground pepper if you like

Notes

  • if it looks like you won't have enough brine don't worry the cucumbers will juice up once the salt hits them
  • make this at least 4 hours in advance to really give the flavors a chance to meld
  • cover it well or your whole fridge will smell of vinegar
  • once you've served all the cucumbers and onions out of the brine you can add more cucumbers and onions, I've recycled the brine for an extra salad with success! Can you use it more than that?? I don't know I haven't tried it!

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

8 servings

Amount Per Serving Calories 1

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