The Best Cucumber Salad Recipe

The Best Cucumber Salad Recipe – light, low calorie, simple to make and delicious cucumber salad made with just a few ingredients. This Bulgarian cucumber salad is perfect as a side dish, served with grilled meat, veggies or a nice cocktail.

cucumber salad in a white bowl

I make cucumber salads all the time, but this is by far my favorite cucumber salad recipe. So easy to make, refreshing and customizable, it comes together in just a few minutes and is also kid friendly. I grew up eating this salad and my kids love it as well. The addition of fresh dill (highly recommended) makes this salad smell like spring.

Crunchy English cucumber, sliced into thin rounds, freshly chopped dill, Himalayan salt, olive oil and apple cider vinegar come together in the most delicious cucumber salad in the whole world!

What kind of cucumbers shall I use to make the best cucumber salad?

I recommend using seedless cucumbers, to achieve the same results as me, since remember, this is the best cucumber salad recipe and we want to make it with fresh, crunchy and seedless cucumbers for the most pleasant taste.

English cucumbers are ideal, but Persian cucumbers can be used as well.

If you happen to have just regular cucumbers with seeds, you can remove the seeds, by cutting the cucumber in half lengthwise and scraping off the seeds from the middle. Then use them in the salad recipe.

cucumber salad in . white round bowl

How to make this cucumber salad recipe?

  1. In a bowl combine the salt, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. You can also add about 1/2 teaspoon of honey to the dressing, if you’d like.
  2. Wash your cucumber and peel (if desired, peeling the cucumber is not mandatory).
  3. Slice into very thin slices, using a sharp knife. You can use a mandolin slicer, but  I personally like to slice cucumbers with a knife.
  4. Place cucumbers in a colander over a bowl.
  5. Sprinkle some salt over the cucumbers and let it sit over them for 5 minutes.
  6. Next dry the slices between two paper towels. This is an important step so that your cucumbers don’t get soggy.ucumbers 
  7. Place cucumbers in a bowl.
  8. Season with salt, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Add the dill and stir to combine.

Shall I use fresh or dried dill in this cucumber salad recipe?

I’m a huge fan of dill and use it in quite a few recipes. I buy it all the time and also plant it in my small herb garden. I know fresh herbs come at a cost, but for this Best Cucumber Salad Recipe I strongly suggest that you use fresh dill.

If you don’t have any on hand, you can then use dried dill, but its smell and flavor are nowhere near the way fresh dill smells.

cucumber sliced into rounds in a bowl

What other vegetables can I add to this cucumber salad?

This salad is made with only cucumbers. You can also add sliced red or yellow onions or radishes. 

More salads made with cucumbers:

Servings: 4 as a side

The Best Cucumber Salad Recipe

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
The Best Cucumber Salad Recipe - light, low calorie, simple to make and delicious cucumber salad made with just a few ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 large English cucumber
  • 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp honey — optional
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill

Instructions

  1. In a bowl combine the salt, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. You can also add about 1/2 teaspoon of honey to the dressing, if you'd like.
  2. Wash your cucumber and peel (if desired, peeling the cucumber is not mandatory).
  3. Slice into very thin slices, using a sharp knife. You can use a mandolin slicer, but  I personally like to slice cucumbers with a knife.
  4. Place cucumbers in a colander over a bowl.
  5. Sprinkle some salt over the cucumbers and let it sit over them for 5 minutes.
  6. Next dry the slices between two paper towels. This is an important step so that your cucumbers don't get soggy.ucumbers
  7. Place cucumbers in a bowl.
  8. Season with salt, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Add the dill and stir to combine.
Course: salads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cucumber salad

Nutrition Information

Calories: 108, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 293mg, Potassium: 110mg, Carbohydrates: 3g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A: 94%, Vitamin C: 2%, Calcium: 12%, Iron: 1%