Cucumber Salad is a staple at summer BBQs and picnics. I make it often during the summer months because it’s so simple and goes with just about every type of meal you can think of. Cucumbers are plentiful at the Farmer’s Market so I always make sure we have a good supply for this Cucumber Salad recipe and to just snack on. Love sliced cucumbers with a dash of salt. Yum!
The beauty of a cucumber salad is how quickly it can be whipped up. Having company over? No problem. You can easily make this delicious summer side dish in a matter of minutes.
I’ve seen many varieties of cucumber salad online. There are salads that are creamy, vinegary and packed full of other fresh veggies like tomatoes. My easy Cucumber Salad recipe has three veggies: cucumbers, green onions and regular onions. It’s more on the vinegary side. I’ll do a creamy cucumber salad down the road, promise!
How to Make Cucumber Salad
The first step is to slice all your veggies. Cut the cucumbers into thin slices, but not paper thin. You want them to have some crunch. I like sweet onions and I simply sliced them up. Green onions are also sliced.
The dressing ingredients are whisked together in a bowl and then poured on top of the veggies. You can let it sit in the fridge before serving to marinate, but if you’re in rush, it’s ok to skip that step.
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The dressing has both vinegar and Catalina salad dressing with its sweet, tomato-y flavour. It adds just a hint of colour to the salad.
What type of cucumber to use in Cucumber Salad?
My suggestion is to use whatever you have. In this recipe, I used English cucumbers only because I wrote this post early into the season and garden cucumbers were not available yet. English cucumbers are available year-round in my area.
I also didn’t peel my cucumbers because I wanted to save myself an extra step and I like the extra pop of colour the skin adds. If you aren’t a fan of the peel, by all means, peel away! This recipe is so versatile.
How to Cut Cucumber for Cucumber Salad
I prefer to slice mine on the thin side, but not paper thin. I want there to be some bite to it. You could change it up and cut the cucumber into cubes if you like. I honestly don’t think it matters much – it’s personal preference.
What to Serve with Cucumber Salad
Cucumber Salad pairs lovely with just about anything. I love a juicy summer steak with a side of salad. You could also serve it with grilled chicken, pork chops or even hamburgers.
This recipe makes enough salad for four healthy sized servings. If you are serving a bigger group of people, double or triple the recipe.
Planning a picnic? Make sure to pack your salad in airtight containers with ice packs to keep it nice and chilled. It tastes better cold, in my opinion.
Each bite of this crisp and flavourful salad tastes like you are taking a bite out of summer. I don’t have a garden, but if I did, I’d want to grow all the cucumbers. The more, the merrier. Too bad I have a black thumb and have to rely on farmer’s markets to get my fill. I’m jealous of all you gardeners out there with their bountiful supply of fresh, garden cucumbers.
Do you make cucumber salad in the summer months?
Fresh, easy and so delicious! Each bite of this summer side dish is bursting with flavor of cucumbers, onions and a yummy vinegar dressing.
- 1 large cucumber, sliced
- 1 green onion, sliced
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup Catalina dressing
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large bowl, add cucumbers, green onion and onion. Stir.
- In a small bowl, whisk together extra virgin olive oil, sugar, Catalina dressing, white vinegar, water, salt and pepper. Pour over veggies and stir to combine.
- Refrigerate before serving.