Sunday, May 20, 2012

Super Simple Cucumber Salad

I was asked what the Chive Blossom Vinegar would be used for, here's a very easy cucumber salad that I've made my whole life. Actually, there isn't a recipe so it was interesting coming up with measurements.
I worked with a woman that said her family called this Soggy Cucumbers-got a chuckle out of that!
This is perfect for the summer. 

Cucumber Salad
1 large cucumber, peeled if from the store and sliced very thin
1/4 C chive blossom vinegar if you have it-cider vinegar if not
1 Tblsp sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
a few grinds of black pepper
and barely a dusting of garlic powder, I use so little I even wonder why I add it-but I do:@)
If you don't have chive blossom vinegar, you'll want to add some thinly sliced onion, maybe about 1/8 C.
-Mix all and let sit out for at least 4 hours, longer is better, we eat it all that day. 

  • You can make a much bigger batch, you'll find that you don't need to keep this ratio as you use more cukes... 1/4 C vinegar would probably be good for 1-2 cukes, maybe a 1/2 C for 3-6 cukes, it's not exact, it's more to taste.
  • The longer it sits, the clearer the cukes get.
  • Is this a salad or a pickle? It has some pucker power, but we eat it as a side dish.
  • The Food Police would want you to keep this in the fridge, I like to live dangerously:@)
Have a happy day!

I'm joining:
On The Menu Monday
Hearth and Soul


  1. Deeeelish! I would probably drink the vinegar too!

  2. Sounds a perfect side dish to serve during the summer months. Will give it a try.

  3. My mother kept a dish of cucumbers, very similar to this one, on hand all summer long. I love them. I've done variations but this is the one I come back to time and again.


  4. Oh this looks yummy! I love cucumbers and I agree looks like a great summer dish. hugs, Linda

  5. We do the sour cream/cucumber recipe, but this looks great too! Thanks for sharing! :)

  6. looks quite refreshing, Lynn!

  7. I pinned this - my mother used to make these all the time - I love the memories. sandie

  8. I LOVE cucumbers, especially in the summer, fresh from the garden. Our family does a similar version, Lynn, but we add some water, with the vinegar and sugar. I've been adding ice cubes lately. Funny, the way families do things, isn't it? It's all sooo good!!

  9. Looks great, we love cucumber salad. Just waiting for my chive blossoms and then I'll make the vinegar. This recipe sounds like a perfect use of it.

  10. I think of you whenever I see chive blossoms now. I started some chives indoors this year and put them out last weekend. They look like they might not make it. I hope they do, I want me some chive blossom vinegar : )

  11. This does look good and very 'doable'! Thanks. My chives have peeked through and will be ready soon. Thansk for dropping by my blog today!

  12. Hello Lynn, yep, I'm back from two weeks of fun wit a blogging friend. Actually friends!!!
    This recipe looks great. I love cucumber anything.
    Happy Sunday,
    XO, Jeanne

  13. We love this too Lynn but I use cider vinegar.

  14. We love cucumber salad here, and our Farmer's Market now has cucumbers, hot house of course.

  15. Sometimes the simplest things are the most delicious! This sounds wonderful! My cucumber plant is doubling in size everyday so I will need lots of good recipes, thanks!

  16. Hi Lynn,
    cucumber salad is great for hot seasons and I like it as fish sidedish the whole year. Great recipe, thank you very much.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  17. Lynn -- This salad is one of life's most wonderful summer pleasures!! Now I HAVE to make some chive blossom vinegar to make it with :)


  18. Lynn~ My grandmother made a version of your cukes and always served a few on top of her green beans! Love that beautiful color of your vinegar :)

  19. Delicious cucumber salad, thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  20. My late Mom used to make something similar to this, and it was wonderful. Thank you for reminding me of it! I'm intrigued by the chive blossom vinegar - it sounds so delicious!


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