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Cucumber Salad with Vinegar

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Looking for a fresh, marinated Cucumber Salad with Vinegar and chopped dill?

This spring and summer side salad is a perfect addition to wraps, hamburgers, and hot dogs and looks gorgeous on a table.

Easily adaptable with a variety of crunchy veggies and prepped/marinated in just 30 minutes, this cucumber salad with all its dill and light vinaigrette is a healthy side dish salad that everyone will enjoy.

vinegar cucumber salad in a white bowl.

Why you should make Old Fashioned Cucumber and Onion Salad

Garden Friendly: When it comes to spring and summer, many people (including myself) are excited to start reaping the fruits of our labor in the garden. This old-fashioned salad is a time-honored tradition for gathering your veggies and enjoying the produce season. 

No Dairy – While I certainly love a creamy cucumber salad recipe, it’s just as nice to enjoy a more light version. 

Cucumbers go with everything: This salad is a light lunch or simple side dish recipe but also goes great to balance out a heavier meal like a BBQ chicken sandwich or cheeseburger. 


Lovely, fresh English cucumbers marinated in a simple apple cider vinegar and oil dressing, fresh dill herbs, and delicious crunchy red peppers are a great summer salad recipe choice!

  • English cucumbers – English Cucumber slices should be sliced thin.
  • Fresh vegetables – Yellow, orange, or red bell peppers chopped look gorgeous and taste delicious. Additionally, add red onions.  
  • Tomatoes – Typically use Grape tomatoes, but cherry tomatoes are fine. All tomatoes should be cut in half. 
  • Homemade Dressing Recipe – Fresh chopped dill (always use fresh herbs in salads not dried), olive oil, apple cider vinegar, white sugar, plus salt and black pepper. This dressing is not a creamy dressing but is perfect for this simple salad. 
simple cut and diced vegetables in medium bowl.

How to make Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill

  1. Add crisp cucumber, diced bell peppers, tomatoes, sweet onion, and fresh dill to a mixing bowl and mix well.
  2. In a separate smaller bowl, add oil, vinegar, and granulated sugar and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour mixture over cucumbers and mix.
  4. Let flavors mingle and marinate for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add additional sugar (1 teaspoon at a time) if you’d like a sweeter version of this salad. Serve salad immediately or refrigerate covered until ready to serve.
  6. Mix well before serving.
  7. Add additional salt and pepper if desired.
step by step cucumber salad recipe.

Is this Summer Salad Keto Friendly?

Cucumbers are acceptable for keto and low-carb diets and make up some of the more refreshing salads on hot summer days.

Here is the nutritional information for this particular cucumber salad- broken down into six servings.

This site uses Carb Manager, which automatically inputs the ingredients into the system and gives an estimated nutritional value. Please always be careful to double-check with your apps. 

Apple Cider Vinegar or Red Wine?

There are so many types of vinegar that changing up what you use can change the flavors!

I prefer apple cider vinegar in this salad, but try it with Balsamic Vinegar, Red Wine Vinegar, or white wine vinegar!

homemade vinegar dressing.

Cucumber Vinegar Salad Variations

This salad is so good the way it is and perfects as a side salad or picnic, but you can add a few different things to boost up ingredients if you like.

  • Change the tomatoes from grape tomatoes to cherry tomatoes, Roma, or slicing tomatoes.
  • Instead of slicing cucumber thin, quarter them.
  • Add crumbled soft cheese, like feta or blue cheese.
  • Add larger or more bites of different colored peppers.
  • Try slices of white onions over red if you want more of a “bite.”
cucumber salad with onions.
4.67 from 9 votes

Cucumber Vinegar Salad with Red Onions

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Marinated cucumber salad with apple cider vinegar and fresh chopped dill is a delicious spring or summer side salad that is perfect to serve for picnics and BBQs. Light, healthy, delicious recipe that is quick and easy to make.


  • 2 English cucumbers sliced thin
  • 1/2 bell peppers yellow, orange and red – chopped
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/4 chopped red onion
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped dill
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add sliced English cucumbers, cut up bell peppers, cut in half grape tomatoes, chopped red onion and fresh dill to a mixing bowl and combine vegetables well.
  • In a separate, smaller bowl, add oil, apple cider vinegar, sugar and mix well.
  • Season dressing with kosher salt and black pepper.
  • Pour olive oil and vinegar mixture over sliced cucumbers and toss dressing and vegetables well until all is covered.
  • Let flavors mingle and marinate for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate covered (in an airtight container) until ready to serve.
  • Mix well before Serving to prevent settling. Add additional salt and pepper if desired.



  • Add additional sugar (1 teaspoon at a time) if you’d like a sweeter version of this salad – just taste the oil/vinegar mixture before dumping it over the cucumber salad
  • I buy bags of the red, yellow, and orange baby peppers and we eat them a lot in our salads, so I pulled tiny versions of each one and cut them up for my salad – feel free to get creative with the colors!
  • Personally, I enjoy extra tomatoes, so the second time I made this, I added another cup of cut-up grape tomatoes to the salad- you do not really need to change any other part of it if you do that. It brings in a lot more color as well
  • If you do not have apple cider vinegar on hand, use white vinegar.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g

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