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Cucumber Salad

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A summer staple, this delicious cucumber salad is a simple, quick, and classic side dish packed with fresh ingredients for any get-together.
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  1. Cucumber Salad Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Cucumber Salad Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Our light and refreshing cucumber salad is a great option for a summer side dish that’s quick to make, with simple ingredients. This salad recipe has a mix of spices, oil, and other ingredients that make a delicious dressing to perfectly coat your crisp cucumber slices and chopped red onion.

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Cucumber Salad Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 2 English cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Miracle Whip
  • 1½ tablespoons honey
  • ½ tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dill
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and black pepper to taste

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

VEGETABLES: This easy cucumber salad recipe can be fun to play around with, adding in various ingredients here and there. Some ideas for additions to your cucumber salad are bell peppers, avocado, artichokes, cherry tomatoes, or grape tomatoes. You can also remove the onions if you’re not a fan.

MIRACLE WHIP: You can substitute mayonnaise for Miracle Whip in the dressing for this quick cucumber salad.

HONEY: You can substitute 1 tablespoon of sugar for the honey in this simple recipe.

How To Make This Cucumber Salad Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

If you are using regular cucumbers rather than English cucumbers, you may want to peel the skin as they tend to be tougher than English cucumber skins.

STEP ONE: Slice cucumbers into thin slices. Slice the red onion in thin half circles. Combine in a large bowl.

PRO TIP:

Slice cucumber thinly for a more delicate salad, or thick slices for more of a crunch with each bite.

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STEP TWO: In a small bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, Miracle Whip, honey, garlic, and dill to make the dressing.

apple cider vinegar, olive oil, miracle whip, honey, garlic and dill whisked in a bowl

STEP THREE: Salt and pepper the vegetables to your liking.

STEP FOUR: Pour the dressing over the sliced vegetables. Toss to coat.

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STEP FIVE: Add the chopped parsley.

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STEP SIX: Place the salad bowl in the fridge to chill before serving.

How To Serve

Enjoy this tasty and creamy cucumber salad alongside our grilled chicken and bacon-wrapped corn on the cob for a grilled meal that will be a winner for the entire family.

Be sure to try out some of our other favorite summer salad recipes including our broccoli salad or our strawberry spinach salad.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: It is best to eat this salad on the same day it is prepared, within an hour. The vinegar begins to break down the onions after that. If you do have any leftover salad store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a day.

IN THE FREEZER: This salad will not keep in the freezer as the vegetables will become soggy. Make this fresh right before you are ready to serve it.

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Crisp fresh cucumbers, chopped red onion, and a zesty dressing made from a balanced blend of oils and seasonings make this cucumber salad a great addition to any summer meal. As tasty as it is simple to make—it’s the perfect dish during BBQ season or for a neighborhood potluck.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use a different kind of cucumbers for this recipe?

You can use a different variety of cucumbers, although we do recommend the English cucumber as it has fewer seeds than regular cucumbers as well as thinner skin.

How long will this salad keep in the fridge?

This creamy cucumber salad recipe is best made and served fresh as it will become soggy fairly quickly. If you do have leftovers, keep them in the fridge overnight at most.

Should I peel the cucumber for this salad?

While it is entirely up to you if you want to peel the cucumbers before adding them to the salad, if you are using English cucumbers, it isn’t necessary as they have fairly thin skins. If you are using a different variety of cucumbers, you may want to remove the skin.

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Cucumber Salad

5 from 1 vote
A summer staple, this delicious cucumber salad is a simple, quick, and classic side dish packed with fresh ingredients for any get-together.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 English cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Miracle Whip
  • tablespoons honey
  • ½ tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dill
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Slice cucumbers into thin slices. Slice the red onion in thin half circles. Combine in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, Miracle Whip, honey, garlic, and dill to make the sauce.
  • Salt and pepper the vegetables to your liking.
  • Pour the dressing over the sliced vegetables. Toss to coat.
  • Add the chopped parsley.
  • Place the salad bowl in the fridge to chill before serving.

Notes

  • If you are using regular cucumbers rather than English cucumbers, you may want to peel the skin as they tend to be tougher than English cucumber skins.
  • Slice cucumber thinly for a more delicate salad, or thick slices for more of a crunch with each bite.

Nutrition

Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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