I know this sounds like a simple little salad, and I guess it is. But for me it 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 the quintessential summer salad.

simple summer dish

My mother always had the best greenhouse. So many tomatoes and cucumbers we had enough to share AND enjoy ourselves. And enjoy we did. We sure ate a lot of tomato sandwiches, BLTs, cucumbers salads and so much more back in the days of that abundant greenhouse. It’s where I learned to eat a tomato whole like you would an apple. Good memories right there folks!

simple summer dish

Having a greenhouse meant we always had plenty of cucumbers for this salad. But I think we enjoyed even before we had a greenhouse because in mind it goes way back. To picnics and family gatherings, on the table, there was the inevitable bowl of Cucumber Onion Salad. I do know that while I enjoyed the salad at home I never made a point of eating at a barbecue.

Old fashioned summer salad

I don’t think I understood WHY having something sour and vinegary on the table was a good idea. I was probably too busy eating chips and dip to think about it. Now I realize now that you need that little bite of vinegar when you’re enjoying rich foods to make every more flavorful.

picnic salad

About your Cucumber Onion Salad:

  • 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!
Cucumber Onion Salad

Cucumber Onion Salad

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
refrigeration: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cucumbers
  • 1/2 sweet onion, medium sized onion
  • 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
  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 isnt 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
This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.

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