Easy Cucumber Salad
There’s so much to love about this cucumber salad. It’s easy to prepare, uses the simplest ingredients, and is filled with fresh flavors. You’ve got crisp cucumbers and onions, lots of dill, and a splash of tangy-sweet dressing.
Sunny Days Beckon This Easy Cucumber Salad
What’s one cure to a summer heat wave? This cucumber salad (or even this cucumber radish salad). It’s cooling, delicious, and aligns with the idea of no-fuss recipes for the season. Plus, I find that it’s the best side salad to make alongside any seafood or meaty main – like grilled salmon steaks, garlic grilled shrimp, grilled skirt steak, BBQ chicken, or pulled pork.
Fun fact – this cucumber salad will even help with digesting all those meaty dishes. That’s because greens, herbs, and vinegar help stimulate the body’s digestion and natural enzyme production. Which means there’s always a reason to make this summer salad!
What’s in This Cucumber Salad?
Now here’s something we all love to hear – this salad ticks the boxes for simple and budget-friendly ingredients. And given that this salad is predominantly cucumbers, I’d suggest grabbing the freshest from the bunch (meaning no brown spots or softness on the skin). You want your cucumbers as green and firm as possible!
- Cucumbers: I recommend English cucumbers as they’re larger, sweeter, have a slightly thinner skin, with no seeds. But you could certainly use regular cucumbers as well.
- Red Onion and Scallion: I love to use a combo of red and green onions for this salad. It adds more texture and color to the overall dish!
- Dill: Fresh dill really makes this salad feel “farmer’s market fresh”.
- Vinegar: Either champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar will work.
- Honey: Just 2 teaspoons of honey are all you need to help balance out the vinegar and salt.
Pro tip: If you want to make this a creamy cucumber salad, add ½ a cup of sour cream or yogurt into the mix!
Find the printable recipe with measurements below.
Let’s Make the Best Cucumber Salad
This salad is all about the prep work, which should only take between 5 to 10 minutes. The key here is using a mandoline to make slicing the cucumbers and onions easy breezy. It’s a huge time-saver! But if you don’t have a mandoline, slicing with a sharp knife is fine, just try to slice everything in thin, even pieces.
- Toss cucumbers with salt. After you slice the cucumbers, place them in a colander and sprinkle on a little salt to help pull the water and moisture out. Cucumbers are moisture-rich, which makes them a great cooling vegetable, but you also don’t want a soggy salad!
- Wash and drain the cucumbers. Once your cucumbers have mixed with the salt for a bit, you should notice some liquid dripping out the bottom of your colander. Then wash and drain the cucumbers. This step is key to prevent an overly salty salad.
- Making the dressing. Stir together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
- Mix the salad together. Add the cucumbers, sliced red and green onion, and dill to a large serving bowl. Then pour the dressing on top and toss everything together. Oh, and don’t forget to add some cracked black pepper on top!
It’s easy to devour this salad in one sitting, especially if you’re serving it for a small group. But if you have leftovers, store it in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. Just note that the salad will become a bit watery over time.
And since this salad can last a few days in the fridge, it’s perfect for making ahead of time as well. Hint – make this for all your summer festivities like 4th of July or Labor Day!
Cucumber Salad Recipe Video
This is a simple recipe, but it always helps to get a visual of it, right? Check out the video below!
More Easy Salad Recipes
When you need a quick salad idea – the recipes below are my go-to’s!
Cucumber salad lovers can rejoice, because this one is a staple. Give it a try and let me know what you think of it in a comment below!
Easy Cucumber Salad
- 2 large English cucumbers, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- ½ red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
- 1½ tablespoon champagne vinegar, or white wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons honey
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Toss cucumbers with salt. Add the sliced cucumber to a colander and toss with the salt.
- Wash and drain the cucumbers. Set the colander in your sink or on top of a plate, as the salt will pull liquid from the cucumbers. Let this sit for 20 minutes, then rinse the cucumber with cold water.
- Add the salad ingredients to a bowl. Add the drained cucumber to a salad bowl along with the red onion, green onion and fresh dill.
- Make the dressing. Stir the vinegar and honey together in a separate small bowl, then pour on top of the salad.
- Garnish with black pepper and additional fresh dill leaves.
- I use this mandoline for slicing up the cucumbers fast and easy!
- And these glass mixing bowls are my favorite and used in almost all my recipe videos.
Recipe originally posted May 2017, but updated to include new information.
I made this twice and loved it. The second time I used Tarragon vinegar instead just to try it and I wasn’t disappointed. I’m going to do the salad for Easter for about 20 people. I’m happy that I found this recipe.
Oh my gosh! This is sooo good! Love it as a side dish or a snack. The flavor is excellent! So versatile!
Glad you’re loving this cucumber salad Christina!
I Made the creamy version , was absolutely delightful, very refreshing salad , will be making this’s one again.
So simple too.
Glad the creamy version turned out perfectly!
I have made both this Easy Cucumber Salad and your Cucumber Radish Salad. Today, I had smaller portions of red and green onions, so I added radishes! Delicious!!
They’re both truly summer staples! Thanks for leaving a review Debbie :)
Does this recipe have enough flavor without the dill? I would like to try a healthier version but I don’t like dill.
I do think the dill really makes this recipe, but you could use another tender herb.
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I only had red wine vinegar on hand and this still turned out well! I paired it with pulled pork and it was a really nice balance. Even on day 3 it was still great.
Hi Aimee – Happy you enjoyed this salad with the red wine vinegar :)
Awesome summer salad. For me it’s a little too vinegary but my friends love it. Still trying to figure out the best pairing but definitely flavourful!
Hi Marcos – This will pair great with any meaty main course such as my crispy baked chicken thighs or even carne asada!
Excellent recipe and just in time for the upcoming summer season! (thanks for sharing the salt tip)
It really is the perfect salad for summer! Hope you enjoy the recipe Connie (and you’re welcome on the salt tip). :)
I cooked for dinner. Great idea! Many thanks for the recipe. Very surprised by the sauce. Unusually for me. But it’s delicious!
Yes, the sauce is super simple. Glad you enjoyed it Elena! :)
You really can’t beat a good cucumber salad, so refreshing. I bet the addition of those onions lifts it right up. Perfect for Summer.
I agree! And yes, those thin onion slices add just the right zing of flavor. Hope you enjoy it Michelle!
It’s so hot in here in the past few days and the weather is CRAZY I wouldn’t mind having this delicious cucumber salad for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Looks delicious and refreshing!
Yes, it’s cooling and hydrating for sure. Hope you enjoy it Natalie!
I eat cucumbers everyday as a snack. I love how fresh and full of flavor you prepared this dish. I am sure we all will love it here. Will be making this on Memorial Day weekend for the gang thanks for posting!
Glad you enjoyed it Claudia! And yes, it’s perfect for Memorial Day. Will be making it again then myself! :)
Cucumber and dill go so well together! We add a little sour cream to ours too.
That’s sound like a great idea for a creamy cucumber salad!
Your photos are just beautiful!! The dressing also sounds super delicious! That’s the perfect salad! And I think it will be a favorite in my house specially for my two year old son who loves cucumbers and raw onions (like, really loves raw onions!)
Thanks Camila! And so funny about your son. Guess he knows what he likes! ;)
I love simple veggie salads like this, vinegar and honey I’m sure gives it a great flavor!
It really does! Amazing what a few simple flavors together can do. :) x
That would be so refreshing in this heat! lovely flavor combination.
Yes! It’s such a cooling and hydrating salad for sure. :)
This looks so delicious! I would be great with a little added feta!
Yes, or goat cheese (my personal fave). ;)
Such a great, healthy side for labor day weekend! Love the fresh dill :)
Absolutely! It’s perfect for any barbecue or outdoor party. :)
This would make a delicious salad for a party.
100%! And it’s all about the outdoor parties this time of year.
I used to make this all the time……them tummy complained. I have switched it up to lemon or lime juice instead of vinegar. :) Gets a thumbs up from me & my tummy!
Perfect! And that’s great that you listened to your body and made the appropriate adjustment. :) x
Such a refreshing, summertime cucumber side/salad/recipe! Wishing you a fabulous long weekend ahead, Lisa. xx
Thanks Liz! You too – enjoy the long weekend! :) x