How to make cucumber salad is an easy recipe that is both good for you and tastes delicious. It’s also easy to make with a combination of cucumbers, grape tomatoes, Vidalia onion, parsley, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper.
If you’re looking for some other yummy salad recipes to try Creamy Grape Salad or Rustic Bread Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes.
This tasty dish is a staple in most Southern kitchens. Most traditional recipes don’t have the honey added, but doing so makes the recipe more kid-friendly and adds a touch of sweetness that takes the dish to another level.
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Here are some fun facts about the ingredients in this how to make cucumber salad recipe:
Cucumbers are low in calories yet full of vitamins and minerals. When I peel my cucumbers, I usually leave strands of skin to get the benefit of Vitamin K.
For the best tasting cucumbers, choose the younger specimens that look like they are bursting with juice. They can last up to one week in the refrigerator.
The good news is grape tomatoes have the same nutritional benefits as regular tomatoes. They are rich in lycopene, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin A.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of those home remedies that has been used for centuries because of all the health benefits it offers. You want to make sure you buy apple cider vinegar “with the mother” because the clear apple cider vinegar doesn’t have the same nutritional value.
You can substitute other vinegar for apple cider vinegar in the how to make cucumber salad recipe, but they won’t give you the same benefits.
Raw honey has been used for centuries as an aid for overall health. It has antioxidants that helps protect the body from inflammation.
Did you know that eating local honey may help desensitize you to the pollens in your area?
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Here’s How to Make Cucumber Salad
Ingredients for Cucumber Salad
2 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1/4 Vidalia onion, thinly sliced (or other sweet onion)
2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons raw honey
Directions for How to Make Cucumber Salad
- In a large bowl, mix together the sliced cucumber, grape tomatoes, Vidalia onion, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
- In a separate small bowl, mix together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper. Whisk until honey is dissolved.
- Pour the mixed dressing over the cucumber salad and mix ingredients. Let stand for at least 20 minutes to allow flavors to marinate.
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Tips for Making Cucumber Salad:
- Make sure you use apple cider vinegar “with the mother.” You can easily find it in most grocery stores, or you can order it from Amazon here.
- Adjust the ingredients to your family’s taste. You can add more vinegar if you prefer a more tangy salad or add more honey for a sweeter taste.
- You can also substitute Italian parsley with fresh dill, chives, or any fresh herb you like better.
- The longer you marinate the salad, the better the flavors will be. I like to make my cucumber salad in the morning, so it’s ready for lunch.
- Red onion can be substituted for Vidalia onion.
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