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4.89 from 9 votes

Old Fashioned Cucumber & Onion Salad

A simple vinegar dressing combined with sliced cucumbers and onions for a make-ahead summer side dish you'll love.
Prep Time10 mins
Chilling time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: cucumber and onion salad, cucumber and vinegar salad, grandmas cucumber salad
Calories: 167kcal
Author: Katie Shaw


  • Mixing bowl
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board


  • 2 large cucumbers
  • ½ small white onion
  • cup white vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons sugar (1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Make the dressing. Combine the vinegar, salt, and sugar in a small mixing bowl. Stir until the salt and sugar dissolve.
  • Prep the veggies. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, then use a spoon to scrape out the seeds. Cut into ¼ inch thin slices. Cut the onion into very thin slices.
  • Combine and chill. Put the veggies in a mixing bowl and pour the dressing on top. Stir to combine, then cover and chill for at least 2 hours.


Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2339mg | Potassium: 885mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 630IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 2mg