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Every Mama's Favorite Cucumber Salad

(19 Votes)
MAKES
8 cups
COOK TIME
10 Min

Have a lot of fresh cucumbers on hand? Every Mama's Favorite Cucumber Salad is a great go-along for any meal. You can throw it together in a jiffy.

What You'll Need:
  • 8 cups thinly sliced cucumbers (about 5 cucumbers)
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped (or 1-1/2 teaspoons bottled chopped garlic)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (or 1 to 2 tablespoons dried dillweed)
What To Do:
  1. In a large bowl, combine cucumbers and onion; set aside.
     
  2. In a large saucepan, mix together vinegar, sugar, garlic, oil, salt, and water; bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Pour mixture over cucumbers and onion; add pepper and dill and mix well.
     
  3. Keep refrigerated. Serve well chilled.


 

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This salad is wonderful with a bunch of thawed smaller cooked shrimp. I often add a sour cream/mayo mix to it as well.

So funny, I JUST said to my husband that I would make him a cucumber salad for his birthday and came to the computer to see Mr. Food's feature recipe! Yea. Our garden is producing lots of cukes and I have all the ingredients...thanks, Mr. Food!

i plan to make this for memorial day picnic but will use less salt and instead of dill I will use celery seed

This recipe is perfect!

Sometimes I drain some of the slices and mix them with some sour cream. Delicious !

Sprinkle the cucumbers with salt and mix with a handful of ice cubes. Let them sit for a while, drain and then add your sauce. This will keep the cucumbers crisp. Works with creamed cucumbers too.

Two minor things I would change..... Add small slices of Red Sweet Pepper and 1 cup of "raw sugar" in place of the white sugar (the molasses in the raw sugar adds a nice flavor. Oh and use Sweet onions or Red onions, please!

And Allow the water to cool a little before pouring over the cucumbers. Too hot will make the cucumbers soggy.......... they taste best if they are crisp! And please refrigerate for at least overnight before serving....

4 tsp. of salt?

See reply to Lgics 4668986

i also added a few gated carrots this made it much more brighter and it was de-lish!

I make a similar salad but I skip the cooking process and the added water. It disappears every time! Using bottled Italian dressing and a couple of teaspoons of sugar is a nice shortcut.

Whenever I use cucumbers in a salad such as this one, I find it gets too watery from the cucumbers. Would you suggest slicing them and then letting them drain a while in order to release excess water?

yes, on paper towel

Salt releases a LOT of water from cukes. Try using the salt sprinkled over the sliced cukes and use a colander to drain. Proceed with the recipe, but I cut down on the 1c. water by 1/3-1/2. Taste it all after making it; you can always add more salt to taste.

If you're using commercial cucumbers , please be sure to peel them!

If you add a teaspoon Grey Poupon mustard before you mix it, you will taste this great salad only once. It will take the burp right out of the cucumbers.

I added black olives, some of the kids even ate it. My nieces & nephews love zesty Italian dressing, so I will try that next time. Maybe even add tomatoes. Great instead of the regular boring salad.

Very good recipe... Refreshing... can use 1/4 cup Splenda or Sugar Twin and 1/4 cup sugar cannot tell the difference

Tomorrow, is Farmers Market Day here, and cukes will be bought. This sounds wonderfull.

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