Cucumber Salad with Vinegar

This cucumber salad with vinegar is perfect for barbecues and picnics, a refreshing mix of tangy and salty sliced cucumbers and onions. 

Cucumber salad with vinegar | Vinegar cucumber salad

This cucumber salad with vinegar is everything summer! Did you grow up with the tradition of eating it? It’s perfect for everything from summer potlucks to patio barbecues to picnics. And it accessorizes perfectly with everything from salmon to a grilled burger. The thinly sliced cucumbers and onions are salty, tangy, and lightly sweet all at once, and totally addicting. This cucumber salad is vegan, plant-based, and gluten-free, so it works for lots of diets too. Keep reading for how to make it!

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How to make cucumber salad with vinegar

This cucumber salad with vinegar is incredibly easy to make: the only hard part is waiting while it marinates in the refrigerator! The trick to mastering this cucumber salad is to slice the onions and cucumbers as thinly as possible. If you have a mandolin, it works well for slicing the cucumbers: but it’s not needed at all — a simple knife will do the trick! Slicing the cucumber and onion thinly allows the salt to draw out most of the moisture, and gives this salad the most incredible texture. Here we’ve used fresh dill to add an herby flair: but it’s not a requirement: making the salad without it still tastes excellent.

The other key component of this cucumber salad with vinegar is time. Once the cucumbers and onions are mixed with the vinegar, salt and sugar (they’re basically quick pickles!), they need to marinate in the refrigerator. So just wait 1 hour while time does its magic. Then, you can enjoy your salad anytime over the next 7 days. And the flavor gets better with time!

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A few menus with vinegar cucumber salad

There are so many ways to accessorize this cucumber salad with vinegar! We eat it primarily in the summer, so naturally we think of meals full of summer produce. Of course you can eat this salad all year long. Here some ideas to get your wheels turning:

Summer Patio Menu

Best Grilled Veggie Burgers
Mango Skewers or Peach & Burrata Caprese Salad
Vinegar Cucumber Salad
Lemon Cucumber Water

Picnic Menu

Tomato & Eggplant Stacked Sandwich
Vinegar Cucumber Salad
Crispy Roasted Chickpeas
Garlic Herb White Bean Dip and Veggies
Fresh peaches or cherries

This recipe is…

This recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Cucumber Salad with Vinegar


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 1x

Description

This cucumber salad with vinegar is perfect for barbecues and picnics, a refreshing mix of tangy and salty sliced cucumbers and onions.


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Ingredients

  • 2 large, thin cucumbers (English if possible)
  • 1 small yellow or white onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (optional)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice the cucumbers as thin as possible, using a mandolin if desired. Peel and thinly slice the onion into half moon shapes. Layer the cucumbers and onions in a large shallow bowl; add the dill (if using).
  2. In a small bowl, mix the white vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Pour the mixture over the cucumbers and onions, mixing everything together to ensure even coverage. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Stir again to evenly mix the dressing. Then serve with a slotted spoon. Store refrigerated for up to 7 days; the flavor even improves over time!

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: German

Keywords: Cucumber Salad Vinegar, Cucumber Salad, German Cucumber Salad, Salad Recipes, Vegan Salad Recipes, Easy Side Dish Recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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