Easy Cucumber Salad Recipe [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 6 reviews

Cucumber Salad Recipe is so light and easy to make that it will surely hit the spot on a nice spring or summer days. In just a few minutes, you will have a mouth-watering dish to enjoy!

With spring around the corner, this refreshing recipe is always one of our favorites to make. Some other easy and healthy dishes you can enjoy are Pico de Gallo, Homemade Guacamole, and Zucchini Lasagna Roll-Ups.

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The Best Cucumber Salad

This Cucumber Salad is super simple to make and very healthy. There is no cooking involved just a few preparations here and there. All you need is to cut up a few ingredients, and you have your instant salad.

You can enjoy it as is, or if you are grilling something, it goes really well with all kind of meats. This is our favorite salad especially when the grilling season comes around. Simply toss it with a sweet and tangy vinaigrette, or some olive or sesame oil. 

Alternatively, this recipe can be made with a creamy dressing, which consists of sour cream and dill. For this version, we try to keep it on a healthier side and just used vinegar and then topped it with some sesame oil for enhanced flavor.

Image of cucumber salad with onion and sesame seeds in a bowl.

How to Make Cucumber Salad?

Buy the freshest cucumber that you can find. We prefer using an English cucumber because it’s crunchy enough even when unpeeled. However, any type will perfectly work here. Just remember to go with seedless cucumbers.  

Once you have the cucumbers washed and ready, cut them thinly along with the onion. Also, if you prefer to add some healthy greens to it, feel free to add some freshly chopped herbs. 

Lastly, top it with some vinegar and some olive or sesame oil and you are ready to go. As you can see, it is super simple and ready in about 5 minutes. 

How to Make Creamy Cucumber Salad?

As noted above, this dish can be made with a creamy salad dressing. For that, you can use sour cream, or Greek yogurt and mix it with the ingredients. Also, add some lemon juice for a more citrusy flavor.

How many calories in Cucumber Salad?

One cup of salad with vinegar only has about 52 calories. This is considered a healthy dish with healthy nutrients, and this is why we love it so much. Due to its low calory count, feel free to eat as much as you can without the guilt!

Picture of cucumber salad with sesame seeds.

How to make Cucumber Salad with Vinegar?

Now, if you’re getting into the healthy groove, you can use vinegar instead of a creamy dressing. A simple vinaigrette will work nicely here. We usually use a ratio of 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 2 tablespoons of olive or sesame oil. However, feel free to add whatever ingredients you desire, such as garlic, chives, shallots or other herbs to it. 

How to Make Japanese Cucumber Salad?

Adding a Japanese flair to this dish is easy. Use half of the dressing needed and add equal parts of Japanese mayo. To give a little hotness, add a dollop of prepared wasabi. Adding wasabi should depend on your taste or your guest’s preference. We wouldn’t want to have your guests crying over their salad, would we?!

How to Make Cucumber Salad With Sour Cream?

If you do not have time to do dressing for your Cucumber Salad, try using sour cream.  

Sour cream has enough zing to it that you do not need to add anything else. Toss some sour cream to the salad, then season it with salt and pepper.

How Long Does Cucumber Salad Last?

There are a few schools of thought about this, some say that it will last a week if stored in an airtight container and some just a couple of days. We usually eat it right away, and if we have leftover we store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for no more than 2 days.

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Recipe Tips and Notes

  • Use a mandoline slicer to cut the cucumbers and onions. This way you will have evenly and thin cut ingredients. 
  • For added flavor, add some fresh cilantro, parsley, or dill to it.
  • Also, you can use any onion type available, such as red, yellow or white.
  • Just make enough salad for the people that you are feeding. If you are unsure of the amount to prepare, cut up a whole bunch of cucumber but toss only half of it first with the dressing. 
  • If you have leftover dressing, transfer it to a jar or an airtight container and store in the fridge to about 1 week. 
  • Also, toss the cucumber with the dressing at the last minute to keep it fresh. Cucumber tends to water when mixed with other ingredients and sits for a longer time. Remember, cucumber is 96% water.

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5 from 6 reviews

Best Cucumber Salad Recipe

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Total time: 10 mins



Nutrition information

Calories: 116 Carbohydrates: 11 Protein: 1 Fat: 7 Saturated Fat: 1 Cholesterol: 0 Sodium: 54 Potassium: 299 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 6 Vitamin A: 445 Vitamin C: 9.9 Calcium: 46 Iron: 0.9
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My husband absolutely loves cucumber salad. He asks for them at least once a week. I'm going to try this version of it and see if at least we can get a different flavor than what he's used to LOL.



We have been making a salad like this for years. Staple during the summer time in our refrigerator 


Amber Myers

I love this salad! It's been ages since I've had it! I need to make it again for sure. It's the perfect side dish.



I can't remember the last time I made a cucumber salad. This recipe looks amazing. Looking forward to giving it a try. 


Terri Beavers

This brings back so many fond memories. We always had a garden and a lot of cucumbers. My mom would make cucumber salads of every kind imaginable. I had forgotten how much I love them. I'm going to have to make this and take her some. She's older now and doesn't cook nearly as much.



I am a big cucumber fan. I like making things like this for summer picnics and potlucks.


Terri Steffes

I have this salad on my plate all summer long. I crave cucumbers. Thank you, I had lost my go-to recipe. I can't wait to try yours.


Amy Smith

I could eat this all day. Summer will be here soon and cucumbers taste even better when it is hot outside!



I love a good cucumber salad! I need to try your recipe!!



Cucumber salad is one of my favorites, but I have never tried adding sugar in it. I am going to try your recipe soon. Looks yummy!



This looks really tasty! I need to change my eating habits, and this looks like something I would really enjoy eating.


Ruth I

I really like cucumber, as is or on salads. This is a must try recipe, looks so good!



This is a standard salad in my family. I think every bbq I have had at my grandparent's house had this salad.



Such a healthy salad option and I love red onions in all my recipes.


Mama Ash{Erica}

It's one of my favourite salads. I love dill and red onion and sometimes I add feta cheese. So good!


Katrina Ellen

Cucumber salad is one of my favorites! This has me totally wanting some right now as the weather changes.


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