Cucumber Salad makes for the ultimate side dish to bring to a BBQ! It’s fresh, healthy, and colorful!
We all love BBQ parties, but they can be filled with tons of meat and sides with tons of mayo. Don’t get me wrong, we love a good pasta salad and macaroni salad, but sometimes we want something refreshing, not just mixed greens with creamy dressings.
Our cucumber salad recipe is our goto and it takes just 10 minutes to mix up. Letting it sit overnight is best as it allows the vinegar to get into the cucumbers and really meld the onion and cucumber flavor together with the parsley. You could easily add in some chopped tomatoes or even sliced bell peppers as well.
There’s no reason it has to be just a cucumber onion salad, add all the color you want with peppers, there are so many colors. Avocado is another great addition and adds creaminess to this cucumber salad.
Our Cucumber Salad is vegan, but you can keep it vegetarian and add some feta cheese which adds another layer of flavor.
We prefer to use English Cucumbers for our cucumber salad. WHY? English Cucumbers are referred to as seedless cucumbers. They don’t have large seeds like traditional cucumbers, they’re also much sweeter as the seeds make cucumbers a little bitter.
How to make Cucumber Salad
Start by cleaning up your cucumbers, onions, and parsley. We like to cut a little of the skin off of the cucumber and leave some of the skin on to give it some color contrast. Slice the cucumbers into thin slices. Then slice the onions into thin slices and cut the slices into fours. Chop up the parsley, top with the vinegar and salt, viola!
How do we eat our cucumber salad? As a side. It’s great with many meals and our family especially loves it over white rice with a white fish like flounder. Our family actually spoons the leftover vinegar right over the rice, like you would pour gravy on mashed potatoes, yes! My mom always made cucumber onion vinegar salad, but she would chop the cucumbers up into half moons, I like the slices, you can cut them however you want, even make it into a salsa!
We always have a huge batch of our cucumber salad in the fridge and then we just use it as desired, whether we add to it or eat it as is.
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Cucumber Salad makes for the ultimate side dish to bring to a BBQ! It's fresh, healthy, and colorful!
- 4 English cucumbers
- 1 red onion
- 1 cup vinegar white
- 1 handful parsley fresh
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Peel some of the cucumber skin off and then slice the cucumbers, place into large bowl.
Slice the red onion into thin slices and then cut the slices into fours, place into the bowl with the cucumbers.
Chop the fresh parsley and place into the bowl with the cucumbers and red onion.
Pour on the vinegar and sprinkle on the salt.
Mix well, refrigerate, and mix 2 hours after. For best results make a day before.
Optional add-ins fresh or dried oregano, bell peppers, tomatoes, or even avocados!