This refreshing and easy cucumber salad is whipped with the lightest chilli lime salad dressing. A great side salad for BBQ, Picnics, Potlucks, and more. Suitable for vegan, low carb, and gluten free diets. Post Includes Weight Watchers Points.
Ain’t nothing says summer better than a big old bowlful of this light and refreshing Cucumber Salad.
Yeap we are putting good old cucumbers at the forefront of this recipe and tossing them with a few very well known and well-loved pantry staples to give one perfect centre table summer salad.
This cucumber onion salad one of those side dishes that you can serve with EVERYTHING. And I do mean everything.
Why You Will Love This Cucumber Salad
- It so simple to make – with every pantry ingredients.
- It is extremely frugal and yet so tasty.
- It is so easy that you can set the kiddoes to make this.
- This can be made ahead – simply remix and adjust seasoning just before serving.
- You can triple or quadruple the recipe to feed a crowd. #winningealready.
- Great way to use up your excess cucumbers.
- This cucumber red onion salad is very portable – so take along to your picnic, barbeques, potluck, etc.
- The salad is super adaptable – see some suggestions below.
- It is suitable for a wide variety of dietary considerations, including vegan, low carb, keto, paleo and gluten free.
I make this a lot, especially as an after-work snack. Because it is easy, the ingredients were always available and cheap, and because I actually have a taste for lovely sharp salads.
Homemade Cucumber Salad Recipe Materials
KITCHEN TOOLS, UTENSILS & APPLIANCES NEEDED
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Here are some of the items you will need to make this recipe.
- This colourful cutting board.
- A handy mandoline.
- This sharp knife for cutting ingredients
- Measure your liquid in these stylish measuring jugs or cups.
- Measuring teaspoons.
- Sea Salt Flakes <= amazing salt that makes your food taste good.
- Bowls with covers.
- For storing your leftover food.
- Meal prep bowls for an easier week.
So are you ready to learn just how easy it is to make this easy Cucumber Salad Recipe? Then gather up those ingredients so I can show you….
How to Make Cucumber Salad
How To Make Cucumber Salad
Make the dressing by combining olive oil, lime juice, the best ever sea salt, chilli, oregano, stock cube and lemon zest together in a small bowl.
Add the sliced cucumber and chopped red onion to a larger bowl and toss to combine.
Pour dressing on top of the salad and gently mix to coat.
Serve the cucumber salad immediately or cover in a bowl, refrigerate and allow to marinate for a couple of hours.
Cucumber Onion Salad Tips
Here are some tips to make a great cucumber onion salad.
- Slice cucumber thinly – maybe use mandoline or a very sharp knife.
- Peel the cucumber for a more delicate flavoured salad. But you can leave unpeeled if you prefer.
- You can use apple cider vinegar instead of lime juice.
- Feel free to add some sweetness with 1/2 a teaspoon of maple syrup or sweetener to your taste.
What Type of Cucumber To Use For Cucumber Salad
- Use small cucumbers to avoid the salad going watery from the moisture in the cucumbers.
- If however, you use larger ones, then please remove the seeds in the middle, to stop the salad becoming too watery.
- English cucumbers are awesome in this healthy salad.
- You can also use the small Lebanese cucumbers, although you would have to increase the quantity you use.
Removing excess Moisture and Sweating Cucumber Tips
- For larger more watery cucumbers, you can sprinkle some salt over the cucumber slices for about 20-30 mins, to pull out some moisture.
Creamy Cucumber Salad
If you prefer to make this a creamy cucumber salad – then add in a little bit of Greek Yogurt or Creme Fraiche into your salad dressing.
Cucumber Red Onion Salad Variations
Here are some herb, spices, salad variations include
- using green onions
- adding veggies like tomatoes and radishes
- adding in other herbs like parsley, basil, fresh oregano, dill and more
Cucumber Onion Salad – West African Style
In Sierra Leone, we call this chilli cucumber salad – gron soup. It is simply cucumbers marinated in lime, chilli and onions – and is as refreshing as it sounds. A summer go-to-salad with not a soup in sight.
Although this is similar to a mild pickle, everyone I know eats it just as is. It is a meal by itself. Especially popular in the colder months when we add even more chilli and make it spicy hot along with the woolly hats (yes we do have those in Sierra Leone too) and smokey teas.
What to Serve With Cucumber Salad Recipe
I definitely eat it just as is, mostly. But it rocks alongside some
Healthy Salad Recipes
For more healthy salad recipes, why not try the following below.
Instant pot Thai Quinoa Salad.
Weight Watchers Points in Cucumber Salad
One serving of Cucumber Salad contains 2 Freestyle points.
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Chilli Cucumber Salad - Sierra Leone Flavours
For the salad:
- 2 large English cucumbers peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp chopped red onions
For the dressing:
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 4 tbsp lime juice or more, to taste
- 1 pinch salt
- chilli flakes to taste
- 1 pinch lemon zest
- 1 pinch Maggi stock cube optional (and the norm in Sierra Leone)
- 3/4 tsp dried oregano
- Make the dressing by mixing the lime, salt, chilli, red onion, lemon zest and maggi together in a small bowl.
- Place the sliced cucumber in a large bowl and then pour in the dressing.
- Gently mix to coat and adjust seasonings, to taste.
- Serve immediately, or cover, refrigerate and allow to marinate for a couple of hours.
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Ebube says. ………This is heavenly all from Sierra Leone ? Thank you for a well explained recipe Bintu am working on open house day for my sister who is a teacher her class is showcasing every thing on Sierra Leone but still looking for drinks to prepare for the toddlers .
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Oh wow, this looks wonderful. I have two big cucumbers in my fridge right now. Looks like I’m sorted for lunch today 😉
You are bringing back memories Bintu!! I would love some of this now 🙂 With some bonga fish grinded in 😉
Hehehehe. I was thinking about the bonga fish and may do a verion with that in.
it sounds amazing. I’m not great with chilli, so I don’t think I would be adding more chilli in the winter months, but it does sound very tasty
You can easily omit the chili. All to your taste Barefoot.