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Cucumbers and Vidalia Onion Salad

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Cucumbers and Vidalia Onion Salad ~ is a crunchy, refreshing cucumber and vidalia onion salad tossed with a sweet apple cider vinaigrette and some dill!  Makes an easy summer salad that is not only light and very tasty, but also low in calories and low in fat!

My family was asking for a light vegetable salad with dinner, so I decided to make this one and revive it from our archives.  But first, there’s a little story about how this salad came about.

As a young teenager, I remember going to the local deli just to get a container of the cucumber and onion salad. We lived in a neighborhood where German and Italian Deli’s were commonly found. This cucumber and Vidalia onion salad was so different from the typical Italian salads I always had at our house, so buying this salad at the local deli was such a refreshing treat.

It’s one of those easy salad recipes you can make ahead of time, even one or two days.

Cucumber salads are popular during summer months but they are terrific to serve for any season!  Perfect to add to any luncheon or dinner with family and friends.  And it’s a wonderful way to use up some of those garden cucumbers too!

The apple cider vinaigrette is a simple one.  It’s made with apple cider vinegar, some sugar, water and dill.  The secret to balancing out some of the acidity is to simply add some water and sugar to the vinaigrette and let it sit for a minute of two.

Ideally, the sugar marinates a little and offers a subtle sweet and tart taste to the vinaigrette.   A delicious and great tip!

Give this healthy Cucumber and Vidalia Onion Salad a try.  I think you’ll love it as much as we do!


Some ingredients you may need:

HERE’s a TIP:  Slice cucumbers and vidalia onions with a mandolin slicer.  The mandolin slicer is not only convenient, it will definitely save you some time.  Otherwise, you can slice the cucumbers by hand.


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Cucumbers and Vidalia Onion Salad
Recipe type: Side Salad
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Serves: 6
Cucumbers and Vidalia Onion Salad ~ is a crunchy, refreshing salad that is tossed with a sweet apple cider vinaigrette and some dill! A delicious summer salad that is not only light, refreshing and very tasty, but also low in calories and low in fat!
  • 2 medium Cucumbers - rinsed, sliced ¼" thick
  • 1 large Vidalia Onion - peeled, sliced ¼" thick
  • ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. fresh cracked black peppercones
  • ½ tsp. organic dill weed
  • ½ tsp. sugar (Optional)
  1. Slice cucumbers and onions with the mandolin slicer. The mandolin slicer can save you some time. Otherwise, carefully slice cucumber about ¼-inch thick. Transfer to a large bowl.
Make the Dressing:
  1. In a bowl, combine apple cider vinegar, water, salt, fresh cracked pepper, sugar and dill. Set it aside for a minute or two.
  2. Pour the dressing into the cucumber and onion bowl. Toss until well combined.
  3. Cover with clear wrap and chill for at least one hour before serving.
  4. Makes about 1 and ½ quarts.
  5. Serves 6 to 8

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  • Reply
    November 24, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks so much just what I have been surfing around for to add to my Saturday dinner party. Wanted a nice salad that isn't really a big salad, just something nice and refreshing.

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    July 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    This sounds great – I will make this when our cucumbers are ready in the garden. Thanks – have a great weekend.

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      Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
      May 19, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      I'm not even a dill fan but every time I see this I want to eat and grow dill! I love cucumbers and onions – thanks for the great reminder. We have both in the garden so I hope to have some soon! Happy Monday 🙂

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    July 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Oh i love cucumbers and having them with onions sound amazing. sweet and savory and refreshing!

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    Carros Usados
    January 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    That salad looks delicious!

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    May 17, 2014 at 6:42 am

    What a perfect salad for summer. I love Vidalia onions, Sweet and with a nice crunch, they are a perfect match for cucumbers. Well done!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    May 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    My mom always make a cucumber and onion salad that we would keep in the frig. The longer is lasted the better it tasted. A wonderful combination. I'm going to grow cukes again this summer just for salads like this!

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    David miller
    April 30, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    This is such a beautiful, healthy salad.I will definitely make this again! Thanks for the great recipe!!

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    May 20, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Thank you David! So glad you try our recipes. Thanks for stopping by!

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    July 3, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    The food seems very tempting , especially in the white – white , I really like it

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    Dan from Platter Talk
    January 8, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks for this wonderfully delicious salad, using ingredients that I grew up with and cherish to this day; love this combination!

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    January 8, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Thank you Dan, glad you like this one!
    Have a great weekend!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    January 10, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    My mother always made a similar salad using celery seed instead of dill. Something I grew up loving and still make to this day. I'll have to try dill next time I make it.

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    January 10, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    That sounds delicious too! Next time we'll try it with celery seeds. Sounds like a plan! Thanks Sue.

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