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Grandma's Cucumber Salad

Grandma’s Best Cucumber Salads

My Grandma's Best Cucumber Salads are so easy, made with sliced cucumber, onion and dill in a superb vinegar or creamy, sour cream dressing.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword best, cucumber, easy, salad


  • saucepan


  • 3 cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onions, purple, sliced
  • salt - sprinkles

Vinegar Dressing

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, red wine vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar, more or less to taste
  • 1/4 cup mint, parsley, basil or dill, fresh, chopped

Creamy Dill Dressing

  • 1 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 -1/3 cup fresh dill, minced


  • corn
  • feta or goat cheese
  • tomatoes, grape or cherry
  • radishes
  • avocado
  • chickpeas
  • shallots, thinly sliced
  • sweet bell peppers, sliced or chopped


Prepare Cucumbers and Onions

  • Peel cucumbers if desired. I usually use english cucumbers so I don't have to peel them.
  • Slice your cucumbers in half lengthwise and using a spoon scrape the seeds and pulp from the cucumbers.
  • Dry your cucumbers with paper towel along the freshly scooped center.
  • Thinly slice your cucumber. Make each slice around 1/4 of an inch thick.
  • Thinly slice onions.
  • In a strainer with a bowl underneath, toss your cucumber and onion slices with 1 tablespoon of salt. Excess water will drain into the bowl while it sits in your fridge for 1 to 3 hours.
  • But wait! First you must fill your biggest resealable bag with water and place it on top of your cucumbers and onions. If you only have smaller sized resealable bags, use enough of them to cover the top of your bowl and weigh down your cucumber and onions.
  • Once drained, Transfer cucumber and onions to medium bowl.
  • Add any options you want to use.

Vinegar Dressing

  • In a small saucepan boil water and add salt and pepper.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add sugar and vinegar and stir until dissolved.
  • When cool enough place sugar mixture in to the refrigerator.
  • When sugar mixture is cold pour it over all of the cucumber and sliced onions.
  • Sprinkle with chopped fresh dill, mint or parsley.
  • Leave the cucumber salad to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Creamy Dill Dressing

  • Whisk sour cream, vinegar, sugar, and dill together in medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover and refrigerate until needed. Allowing time for the flavors to come together and blend is important. You'll be glad you did this if time permits.
  • Add cucumbers and onion.
  • Toss to coat.
  • Serve chilled and enjoy!