Simple cucumber salad recipe

Cucumber salad is a timeless side dish that has gained popularity around the world. This light and refreshing salad is easy to prepare and offers a delightful combination of flavors. While there are variations of cucumber salad, such as the creamy version, let’s back to basic: a simple cucumber salad with only light vinegar base.

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How to peel cucumber into ribbons?

For even and razor-thin slices of cucumbers and onions, a mandoline slicer or a peeler can help. These kitchen tools ensures precise and consistent cuts, enhancing the presentation and texture of the salad. If you have a mandoline slicer/peeler at your disposal, it is highly recommended to utilize it for this recipe.

In this recipe, we peel cucumber into ribbons, which bring a tastier look for the dish. Carefully use a peeler/ a mandoline slicer to slice the cucumber lengthways into long, thin ribbons.

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Sweating cucumbers before mixing

What is “sweating”? Sweating involves using salt to draw out excess moisture from the vegetables, a technique commonly employed when working with ingredients like eggplant.

“Sweating” the cucumbers is an essential step in this recipe. Because the cucumber’s high-water content will result in additional liquid in the salad, it’s worth sweating the cucumber before mixing. It also helps to control the flavor made by vinegar better.

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Mix cucumber ribbons with salt and let them rest to “sweat”

Cucumber salad with onion

Together with cucumber, a few red onion slices will make your salads more delicious. Not only do onions add vibrant color to the salad, but they also provide a pleasant crunch and complementary flavor.

Red onions are particularly well-suited for raw consumption in this dish. To ensure optimal results, slice the onions as thinly as possible. In case you don’t have a red onion on hand, a white onion can be used as a substitute. It’s important to note that a brown onion is not recommended for this recipe due to its highly strong onion smell.

Full Recipe

Let’s jump to the full recipe:

  • 1 large cucumbers (any kind)
  • 1/2 red or white onion
  • 4g (1 teaspoon) salt
  • 115g (1/2 cup) white vinegar & 50g (1/4 cup) hot water, or 125g (1/2 cup) balsamic vinegar & 25g (2 tbsp) hot water.
  • 15g (1 tbsp) granulated sugar

Instruction

  • Step 1. Cut off both ends of the cucumber. Carefully use a peeler/ a mandoline slicer to slice the cucumber lengthways into thin, long ribbons. Cut onion into thin slices as well.
  • Step 2. (Optional) “Sweat” cucumber ribbons & onion rings by seasoning them with salt in a large bowl and let them rest in 15-30 minutes. It’s optional, if you’re in a hurry, you can skip it.
  • Step 3. Add sugar to hot water (or microwave room-temperature water in 30 seconds) and stir to dissolve it. Then, pour vinegar in, stir a bit more to have it well combined.
  • Step 4. Drain off all accumulated liquids from cucumber & onion bowl. Pour vinegar dressing into the bowl and stir evenly. You can let it sit for a few minutes or serve immediately.
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  • Step 5. Drain off a part of liquids in the bowl to serve the salad. Top with a bit dill/chive or other herbs (optional).
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All done! Enjoy your salad with baked chicken breast, rice or anything main dishes you love.

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Simple Cucumber Salad Recipe

Yield: 2 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

While there are variations of cucumber salad, such as the creamy version, let’s back to basic: a simple cucumber salad with only light vinegar base.

Ingredients

  • 1 large cucumbers (any kind)
  • 1/2 red or white onion
  • 4g (1 teaspoon) salt
  • 115g (1/2 cup) white vinegar & 50g (1/4 cup) hot water, or 125g (1/2 cup) balsamic vinegar & 25g (2 tbsp) hot water.
  • 15g (1 tbsp) granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Step 1. Cut off both ends of the cucumber. Carefully use a peeler/ a mandoline slicer to slice the cucumber lengthways into thin, long ribbons. Cut onion into thin slices as well.cucumber salad
  • Step 2. (Optional) “Sweat” cucumber ribbons & onion rings by seasoning them with salt in a large bowl and let them rest in 15-30 minutes. It's optional, if you're in a hurry, you can skip it. cucumber salad
  • Step 3. Add sugar to hot water (or microwave room-temperature water in 30 seconds) and stir to dissolve it. Then, pour vinegar in, stir a bit more to have it well combined.
  • Step 4. Drain off all accumulated liquids from cucumber & onion bowl. Pour vinegar dressing into the bowl and stir evenly. You can let it sit for a few minutes or serve immediately. cucumber salad
  • Step 5. Drain off a part of liquids in the bowl to serve the salad. Top with a bit dill/chive or other herbs (optional).cucumber salad

Notes

Kitchen Utensil used:

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 300g
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60

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