Cucumber Salad Trio

These three refreshing versions of simple cucumber salad can be made in advance to serve at your next cookout, potluck, or picnic. Inexpensive but nourishing, and filled with summery flavor, these cucumber salads are the perfect way to celebrate the lazy, easy days of summer.


3 cups thinly sliced cucumbers
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion (Vidalia are nice)

Salad 1

1. Put the cucumbers and onion in a bowl and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Allow to stand 1 hour, then drain off liquid.

2. In a saucepan, place:

1/3 cup organic sugar
1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon celery seed

3. Bring to a boil and cook until sugar is dissolved. Pour this dressing over the drained cucumbers and onions, cover, and chill in fridge several hours, oor overnight. This salad will keep for several days.

Salad 2

1. In a bowl, mix:

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon seasalt
1 tablespoon organic sugar

2. Add to cucumbers and onions and toss to mix.

Salad 3

1. Place cucumbers and onions in a bowl and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Allow to stand for 1 hour, then drain off liquid.

Add to the cucumbers and onions:

3/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint or dill weed

Each version serves 4.

Inspired by Simply in Season, by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert (Herald Press, 2005).


Patricia H.
Patricia H.5 years ago

sounds good

Judith Emerson
Judith Emerson5 years ago

Delightful! Thank you! :-D

KARLOLINA G6 years ago

These sound interesting. I think I will try them this week. Thanks.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Dorota K.
Dorota K6 years ago

Cucumbers, only with sour cream, onion, dill, salt and pepper :)

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Jeanne B.
Jeanne B6 years ago

1/3 cup of sugar? You can't be serious? That's just not good for you!

Valerie G.
Valerie G6 years ago

Thank you Annie, they all look really good!

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Awesome picture! Recipes sound good. Thanks!

Melissah Chadwick
Melissah C7 years ago