Easy marinated cucumber salad

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This marinated cucumber salad could not be quicker or easier to throw together. Super simple, delicious & healthy, it’s perfect for casual summer feasting.

Easy marinated cucumber salad

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This cucumber salad is one of the recipes that remind me the most of my mom. I’ve written about my mom and her love/hate relationship with cooking before. In my eyes, she was the ultimate express cook. She wanted to get in and out of the kitchen as quickly as she could because I honestly think she just hated the mundane “everyday-ness” of cooking for 3 kids and a husband.

But even though she didn’t like cooking every day, there were times when she would whip up the most delicious meals and my brothers and I couldn’t get enough. She also had many fail-safe recipes that she would fall back on when inspiration was running low and her best cucumber salad was one of those.

Easy marinated cucumber salad

My mom’s cucumber salad recipe wasn’t as chunky as my version. She grated the cucumber and onion which made the perfect accompaniment to many meals but I prefer a little more texture in my salads. The flavors are exactly the same though and I can honestly say there aren’t many salads that are as quick and easy to whip up while delivering such a flavor punch

I love it for the fact that its the kind of salad I can make anytime because I pretty much always have the ingredients on hand. I prefer to seed and peel the cucumbers. Removing the seeds allows the salad to be made ahead without getting soggy and the peel can often be tough and bitter. But feel free to leave the seeds in an peel on if you can’t be bothered.

The almost-pickled nature of this cucumber onion salad makes it perfect to serve with rich, fatty grilled meat and it’s completely delectable alongside a spicy curry (or my Indian-spiced lamb chops). It’s a perfect braai or barbecue side dish so PIN IT FOR LATER! 

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4.63 from 8 votes
Easy marinated cucumber salad
Easy marinated cucumber salad
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
This marinated cucumber salad could not be quicker or easier to throw together. Super simple, delicious & healthy, it's perfect for casual summer feasting.
Course: Easy Recipe, Gluten free, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Alida Ryder
Ingredients
  • 2 English cucumbers
  • 1 red onion
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar/sweetener of your choice optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Peel the cucumbers then halve lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds then slice into 1cm slices.
  2. Peel and thinly slice the red onion and place in a bowl with the cucumber.
  3. Combine the vinegar, lemon juice, oil, sugar, salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk together.
  4. Pour the vinegar mixture over the cucumber and onion and mix well.
  5. Allow to marinated for at least 30 minutes but up to an hour-2 hours before serving.

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  • Miranda
    Reply

    I make this salad at least once a week and have never tired of it. It is so perfect with lamb chops and I make it every time I make curry. I just chop everything a bit smaller so that it’s more like a chopped salad. Delicious!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I love the idea of having it as a chopped salad. So glad you love this recipe Miranda.

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci
    Reply

    This is so refreshing for hot summer days, the perfect salad!

  • Nadine
    Reply

    I love cucumber salads too! Yours looks amazing!

  • Michelle
    Reply

    I made this salad yesterday and my kids and I loved it. The sweet/sour flavour is really tasty. Thanks for a great recipe.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I’m so glad you and your family loved this salad Michelle.

  • Lindi
    Reply

    Could you use Balsamic vinegar?

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      You could, it would just tint the vegetables so perhaps try a white Balsamic.

  • Jenni
    Reply

    That salad looks so refreshing and vibrant. Those colors are so pretty.

  • Christi
    Reply

    I loved that vintage cucumber salad, my mom used to make it too. I love your updated version!

  • Reply

    Cucumber salads are my favorite Alida. And both my boys are fans of cucumbers too. Can’t wait to try your recipe!

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