Linda was taught to cook from an early age, thanks to her father. She shares many of her favorite recipes that she knows you will savor.
Veggies for Dinner
I'm a big believer in having some type of vegetable with dinner. When I choose to prepare salad, I like to switch it up and not always serve the same old lettuce salad. One of my favorite alternatives is cucumber salad. I've tried every kind of cucumber salad imaginable, and this recipe is my favorite by far.
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- 3 medium or large cucumbers, sliced thin
- 1 large sweet onion, diced
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Cut onions into slices and sprinkle them with salt. Set aside.
- Peel and cut cucumbers into thin slices. (set aside).
- In a mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, dill, white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and sugar. Mix with a whisk.
- Add onions and cucumbers to creamy mixture and toss.
- Refrigerate until chilled and serve.
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Additional Notes: How to "Sweat" the Cucumber Slices
It is best to let the salted cucumbers "sweat" Arrange and salt cucumbers in layers in a bowl, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap or foil. Set a heavy can or object on top to help push the moisture out. The longer you sweat the cucumbers, the better.
Health Benefits of Cucumbers
According to wholefoods.com, Cucumbers are an excellent source of vitamin K and molybdenum. They are also a very good source of the pantothenic acid, copper, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, phosphorus, magnesium, biotin, and vitamin B1. Not to mention that contain the important nail health-promoting mineral silica.
The New York Times adds other interesting attributes of cucumbers. They can:
- Help With Hangovers: Just cut up a few slices after a night of cocktailing to reduce dehydration and headache
- Reduce Bad Breath: If you don't have chewing gum or mints around; cut up slices of cucumber to freshen your breath
- Increase Your Energy: If your feeling tired and lacking energy, these green veggies are a great alternative to grabbing a soda loaded with caffeine.
- Reduce Inflammation
- Aid in Brain Protection: As they can improve memory and decrease the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's.
- Contain Numerous Antioxidants
- Reduce the Risk for Certain Types of Cancer
- Reduce Stress: As they contain multiple sources of vitamin B.
- Encourage Healthy Digestion: Cucumbers contain high levels of fiber and water which help maintain healthy digestion.
- Help Maintain Weight: They aid in maintaining healthy weight due to the high fiber/water content.
- Help Heart Health and Blood Pressure: They contain potassium, which helps to maintain heart health & lowering blood pressure levels.
Creamy Cucumber Salad
Questions & Answers
Question: How long can I keep a creamy cucumber salad in the fridge?
Answer: I've left it in the refrigerator for four days, and it was fine. Just know that it sweats, and you may need to add more mayo if it's too watery for your taste.
© 2010 Linda Rogers
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 14, 2020:
Thanks for your update on making the Cucumber Salad lactose free, My older sister can't have lactose either and I know it can be really tough at times to find recipe's that will taste good without out. That makes me really happy to hear. Hope your having a great summer.
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 14, 2020:
I'm so glad to hear your making this delicious salad tonight. I eat this weekly as a side dish with dinner. I just ate this last night. Love using fresh Cucumbers from my garden. Nothing like fresh vegetables to make a dish better.
Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on August 13, 2020:
I'm so glad I found this! I'm gonna start eating more cukes. These green sturdy fruits are packed with good nutrients and I like that! I'm on my way to make your delicious recipe. Thanks.
D Stier on August 25, 2018:
I forgot to add a note which I did want to mention as this recipe was able to be made lactose free I found it creamy and enjoyable and as I am not allowed to have yogurt or sour cream as many recipes call for with this type of cucumber salad it was a beautiful and easy recipe that allowed me to make a fabulous salad for my family without having to worry about lactose issues. It's very hard to find recipes that are lactose-free and this was a simple quick easy fix that all my children enjoyed. Thank you for the great recipe!
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 24, 2018:
Thanks for the nice comment D Stier. This is my favorite vegetable side dish in the summer. I use cucumbers from my garden which makes it even better.
D Stier on August 23, 2018:
Tried this today...Yummy
Reminded me of summertime and my mother's cucumber salad she made
I give it a five spoon rating
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on January 04, 2013:
thanks for reading the easy and delish salad :-)
Grace Marguerite Williams from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York on January 03, 2013:
Sounds delicious, shall try it soon!
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 07, 2012:
My mom did the same thing with our cukes. I don't do it with this recipe but when I just add vinegar, I do let them sweat. Funny the memories food brings up. Thanks for coming by.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 06, 2012:
My mother always salted her sliced cucumbers also and then put a plate on top of them and a weight. It would draw lots of juice after a time (hours) and she would discard the juice and rinse the cucumbers thoroughly and then dress them much as you do. About time I made more of it. Thanks for the reminder! Voted useful.
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on April 23, 2012:
Thanks Rahul-I grow cucumbers every summer and it makes for such a fresh cuke salad. Let me know how you like this recipe. Thx so much for coming by :-)
Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on April 23, 2012:
I love salads and I love cucumber in them! I am going to try them for sure... Looks ravishing to me....
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on March 20, 2012:
Thanks for your votes and for checking out my recipe. I have made every kind of cuke recipe and this one is my very favorite and it's so easy.
Dianna Mendez on March 20, 2012:
I had to read this hub on cucumber salad. I love the taste and it is so healthy (well, maybe not with so much mayo that I put in it). Anyways, I will have to try your version with apple cider vinegar (this is way healthier). Thanks for sharing! Voted up, up!
stessily on January 31, 2012:
MT, Thanks for the tip about Hidden Valley Ranch packets!
Please let me know what you think of using three vinegars. Personally I think that you're gonna like it!
Yummy that you have cucumber salad every month. Another great tip!
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on January 30, 2012:
I've never thought of using three vinegars-What a great idea-I'm gonna try this next time I make it- which is usually monthly. I also love slicing cukes and dipping them in my home-made ranch dressing. I buy the Hidden valley Ranch packets and it's so much better than the ranch you buy in the stores.
stessily on January 30, 2012:
MT, I love cucumbers; they're great in salads, soups, and sliced raw.
It is great that you use both white and apple cider vinegar. I can attest that both of them blend so well in a cucumber salad. When I'm feeling really daring, I make a three-vinegar cucumber salad with white, apple cider, and balsamic vinegars.
Thank you for sharing. Homegrown cucumber salad is the best.
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 19, 2011:
Yae, so glad I could help Moonlake :-) I make this cuke salad all the time.
moonlake from America on August 18, 2011:
We were just talking about this recipe the other day we have so many cucumbers. My mother-in-law use to make this and I lost her recipe. This looks like it.
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 30, 2011:
Your recipe sounds good too. My recipe is pretty easy too, so give it a try sometime. Thanks for stopping :-)
DREAM ON on June 30, 2011:
Mmmm good.What a great recipe.I use to be just lazy and cut up a cucumber and peel half the skin off and score the rest with a fork to make it look fancy and cover it with italian dressing or sometimes two or more dressings if I want to be creative.Thanks for sharing.My taste buds and stomach can't thank you enough.
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on March 24, 2011:
Your so welcome theseus. I love cukes too and can't have enough recipes for them:)
theseus from philippines on March 23, 2011:
I'll definitely try this one. I love cucumber.
You can also try making one with only cucumber,mayonnaise, sugar to taste, and pineapple tidbits.Or cucumber, white vinegar, onion,black pepper and sugar to taste.It tastes as good, only cheaper.
Thank's for sharing. God bless.
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 24, 2011:
You are welcome meteoboy:)
meteoboy from GREECE on February 21, 2011:
Very delicious!!! Thank you for your suggestion.
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on January 31, 2011:
Hi PaperNotes-My cuke recipe didn't use mayo until this past year when a friend brought her salad to work. I was a changed woman:) LOL
PaperNotes on January 30, 2011:
This looks so yummy! Years ago when my grandmother was still alive, she was fond of eating cucumber almost similar to this one, except that her recipe had no mayonnaise.
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on January 26, 2011:
Your sooo cute Micky:) :) These are really good cukes.
Micky Dee on January 25, 2011:
I know this would be as wonderful as you dear Twin!
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on January 19, 2011:
Hi leyzaa. I just had this last night with a ham dinner. Thanks for checking it out:)
leyzaa on January 19, 2011:
sounds good I'll try it this recipe
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on September 03, 2010:
Hi Dr irum and thank you for reading my recipe. I eat this at least once a week and it is so simple and quick to eat. I plan on making some tomorrow as I'll be making a trip to the farmers market.
Dr irum on September 01, 2010:
Oh it looks so yummmy , i will try it very soon .Thanks to share with us .
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 18, 2010:
I always LOVE when someone can get something out of one of my hubs. I have about 4 differen't cuke recipes but this one is my favorite. I am so glad you stopped in Bobbi.
BobbiRant from New York on August 18, 2010:
I absolutely love cucumbers and I'm always looking for ways to use the big crop I always get from the garden. Great recipe.
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 10, 2010:
You are so welcome Freya. This is such a easy recipe and so great for hot days. God Bless.
Freya Cesare from Borneo Island, Indonesia on August 10, 2010:
I love cucumber. Thank you for the recipe, dear! :)
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on July 12, 2010:
lorlie6-I am always so glad when a recipe is needed. Thx for sharing that with me. I love this recipe. I have about 5 differen't ways to make this cuke salad but this one is the best. Enjoy!
Laurel Rogers from Grizzly Flats, Ca on July 11, 2010:
I've been looking for a recipe for this very thing, MT. No kidding-my daughter-in-law has cucumbers growing at the moment. I'm going to bookmark this page!
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on July 03, 2010:
Hi Tkumah-sis and I have had the cucumber salad three nights in a row due to the humid and hot weather. So refreshing!
Tkumah on June 25, 2010:
Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 25, 2010:
Thank sis-I love it too!
Laura Arne from Minnetonka, MN on June 25, 2010:
your the best at this recipe. My kids love it too.