Cucumber Salad Recipe

Simple Summer Salad - Cucumber and Red Onion

Now that summer is finally in full swing and cucumbers are growing in the garden and available at the farmers market, this cucumber salad is a great simple “salad” for any time of year.

summer cucumber and onion salad recipeWith only a few ingredients, cucumber and onion salad makes a great side dish to bring to an event or to whip up for dinner in a hurry. I also like it topped with some grilled chicken for a fast lunch.

Some recipes suggest scooping out the seeds of the cucumber, but personally, the seeds are my favorite part so I leave them. If they bother you, remove them first.

I’ve also seen similar recipes with tomatoes added, though I couldn’t have them on my autoimmune protocol, so I never added them. Feel free to add some cherry tomatoes if you like them and tolerate them.

The mixture of vinegar, honey and spices lends an excellent flavor to the fresh cucumbers and is a light and refreshing salad…

Cucumber & Red Onion Summer Salad

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Cucumber Salad Recipe



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A simple cucumber and onion salad seasoned with flavors of garlic and dill.


  • 2-3 cucumbers- peeled or not
  • 1/2 of a red or sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey or a few drops of stevia
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill


  1. Cut the cucumbers lengthwise and cut in to slices.
  2. Thinly slice onion into slices.
  3. Place both in a medium sized bowl.
  4. In a 2 cup measure, mix the vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt, pepper, garlic and dill and whisk well.
  5. Pour the mixture over the cucumbers and onions and stir until well coated.
  6. Store in the fridge for at least two hours to let flavors marry.
  7. Serve and enjoy. Pairs especially well with grilled meats and summer dishes.

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  1. Like! I actually improv-ed a salad a lot like this the other night because we got gorgeous fresh cukes in our farm box. I didn’t think to add red onion or garlic powder (inspired suggestions, I’ll try those next time!) but it was simple and easy and delicious. And dried dill worked just fine, though fresh would have been amazing.

  2. Let me start by saying I enjoy trying different recipes but I don’t consider myself an extravagant cook like my parents and grandparents and fiance. This is have been blessed with a family that enjoys cooking and I don’t have to unless I want to try a recipe. Next, my mom and I are the only natural eater in the family. Everyone else normally frowns upon our dishes because they are healthy. They won’t even try it. They just want traditional food. Well I made this salad with ingredients from my garden along with raw honey and braggs apple cider vinegar. My dad, who is the biggest critic of all, loved this salad. He went back for 3rds. He even took some to work and ate the last bit last night after work. I couldn’t believe it. Everyone kept saying it was delicious and they loved the dresssing. I finally told them it was healthy and natural. You should have seen the look on their faces!

  3. This is awesome, my cukes done really well last year and we ate this alot! I can’t wait to be able to make again. Thanks

  4. your cucumber salad looks yummy. our version is similar only we add tomatoes and and toss it in mayo, we soak the onions in acv for 10-15 min to take some edge off before adding them to the salad, this is a fav in our home!!!

  5. On this Israeli side they serve a version of this with every meal including breakfast. soooo delicious.

  6. I make this but add a pint of cherry tomatoes (halved) and a can or jar of olives and lots of fresh dill or basil- whichever I have. Love your blog! Feel way healthier since using many of your recipes

  7. You know, I absolutely LOVE onions. However, there are multiple sources that claim it as a neurotoxin. Ancient cultures (Taoists and Hindus) have also deemed them unfit for human consumption. I would love to hear what you have to say about them, as well as any member in the Allium family (leeks, garlic, scallions, chives).

  8. This is absolutely my favorite salad and I like to add avacado as well. Your dressing sounds better than mine so I will try it when the cukes come to the Farmers’ Market this summer.

  9. This salad is one of my favorites. Another amazing favorite of mine is a mixture of English cucumbers, Roma tomatoes, sliced red onions and diced avocados with an olive oil, chopped cilantro, fresh squeezed lemon, salt and pepper dressing. It is also amazing with imitation crab meat. Thank you for this recipe.