Classic Cucumber Salad

I made this for dinner last night with the last of our garden cucumbers. This quick marinade is probably my favorite way to eat cucumbers. You can vary the herbs and citrus to suit your menu; for instance, basil is delicious in this salad. Do not omit the small amount of sugar, though, as it really helps the flavors shine.

The original recipe is from Sara Foster’s Casual Cooking, but as the title says, it is a Southern classic.

Classic Cucumber Salad

Serves 4 to 6

  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, cilantro, basil or mint
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lime or lemon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and toss to mix. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to chill.

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4 thoughts on “Classic Cucumber Salad

  1. pam 13 September 2010 at 9:28 am

    This is my favorite too!

  2. A Wonkey Donkey 13 September 2010 at 4:37 pm

    This is one of my favorite summer BBQ at the park salads due to not having to refrigerate. I always seem so tight on cooler space. It is also light and refreshing. If I am indoors for a party then I love to do cucumbers with sour cream and green onions with a little garlic and onion powder.

  3. Shannon 13 September 2010 at 8:04 pm

    That sounds great too.

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