Simple Cucumbers and Onions

Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs

My mom always had a bowl of this in the fridge during the summer, and now I do too! My mom sliced her cucumbers and onions in cold salt water for a few hours first, but I usually do not. I do not notice difference when they are not soaked. Instead of peeling the cucumbers completely, I leave a few stripes of green to add color to the salad. Note: Cooking time includes time to chill salad before serving.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 -3 medium cucumbers, sliced very thin
  • 1 medium onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 13 cup vegetable oil
  • 13 cup vinegar
  • 12 cup sugar


  1. Combine oil, vinegar, and sugar in a medium to large bowl (big enough to hold all completed salad). Stir until sugar is dissolved (Note: You can heat the dressing to help keep it from separating. It is not necessary, but I do if I have time. If you heat the dressing, be sure to cool it before adding to cucumbers).
  2. Add cucumbers and onions to dressing. Toss to coat veggies.
  3. Cover and chill at least 2 hours before serving. The longer it chills, the better it gets!


Most Helpful

My mom used to make this all summer long BUT put ice cubes in it ! I am now going to make a batch because I cannot remember how long it's been since I had some......

Jan N. June 01, 2015

My go-to recipe for cukes and onions. Started making these in 2009 and we LOVE it! I agree on making it ahead of time so the flavors can work their magic. Thanks for the simple recipe!

twixxy April 14, 2012

I made for Fall Pick a Chef 2011 and I am soooo glad I found this recipe. I heated the dressing as sugggested and this is so good to have in the fridge when you want a little snack. Only DH snacked alot! Thank you for submitting the recipe.

mama smurf October 27, 2011

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