Herbed Vinegar and Oil Cucumber Salad

We are nothing here if not fresh and local. This cool wet weather is destroying our tomatoes, but the cucumbers are just loving every minute. Consequently, we have more cukes than the Heinz pickle factory. Which is not at all a bad thing. Feeding anywhere from 10 to 20 people every night, nothing comes in more handily than a huge pile of a vegetable so easily turned into a variety of delicious salads. This one is a favorite around here.

1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
10-15 grinds of 5 peppercorn blend
Whisk together until the sugar and salt are dissolved, and add 1 large garlic clove, mashed well18Slowly whisk in 1/3 cup good olive oil28Then add whatever herbs you have on hand. I used [starting from the bottom and working clockwise] rosemary, Greek basil, thyme, oregano and parsley. Chopped roughly – about 3 tablespoons total. You can use dried if that is what you have but use less as they will have a stronger flavor. Fresh is better of course, but not everyone has a place to grow their own herbs – don’t skip trying this just because you don’t have fresh herbs.38Whisk the herbs into the dressing you have made.48Cut a mild white onion into thin slices – this is a medium one, but it’s to taste really, so used how much you will enjoy.57I used two really long English cukes for this salad – it would take at least four if they were regular slicing cucumbers. 67For contrast, I peeled one, but left the skin on the other. Cut them into thinnish slices so they will absorb the dressing quickly and you can eat this in just a couple hours.74Toss the cucumbers and onions in the dressing.83Chill a few hours or overnight and then dig in. This is great with grilled chicken or burgers, or even by itself for a light lunch..93

More cucumber recipes you might like:
Cucumber Basil Sandwiches
Creamy Dill Cucumber Salad

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12 Responses to Herbed Vinegar and Oil Cucumber Salad

  1. Charlane says:

    that is a staple around here. love it

  2. tj says:

    …I second what ‘Charlane’ said up there! Yummo! :o)

    …Don’t overdo it and go out for pizza one nite – you deserve a break today… :o)

    …Blessings…

  3. Kate says:

    I absolutely love this recipe. Thanks, Dlyn! God, I love cucumber salad and have since I was just a young girl. My Aunt Fran used to make an awesome cucumber salad but I think I may actually like this one better

  4. Debbie Jean says:

    Oh how I love cucumbers!!!

  5. Mmm I love Cucumber! This recipe is a keeper. Thanks, Donalyn!

  6. looking good & refreshing!

  7. It looks very delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I’ll try to make it on my own.

  8. veggiebelly says:

    This looks gorgeous, vibrant and refreshing!

  9. CM says:

    I’ve waited with bated breath ….. and I need to come up for air …how long will you keep us in suspense as we wait for family reunion news … camp outs, dinners, pictures!!!!! Oh well, you’re doing the most important thing …. spending time with family (or recuperating!)

  10. lesley says:

    Plain & simple…yet superbly tasty! Love it!!

  11. I made something similar just the other day. I added a wee bit of fresh dill into it as well, and it was simply wonderful. Mmmm…gotta love those cucumbers! Thanks for sharing :D

    Regards,

    Christina Nielson
    http://www.jackmans.com

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