Cucumber Onion Salad

    15 minutes

    The secret to a really good cucumber salad is to blot the cucumbers dry on paper towels. This is lovely and summery.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 3 cucumbers
    • 1 onion, cut into very thin slices
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 2 cups sour cream

    Preparation:15min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. Peel cucumbers, leaving a little skin on for colour, and slice by hand as thin as possible. Dry slices with paper towels.
    2. Place cucumber slices in a large bowl with onion slices. Generously season with salt and pepper. Toss well and let sit 10 minutes; drain any excess liquids.
    3. Toss cucumbers and onions in with enough sour cream to coat. Refrigerate until well chilled. Stir, and season with salt and pepper to taste if needed.

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    I have made this before but I always soak my cucumbers and onions in salt water overnight until they are limp. The salt from the water doesn't add too much saltiness but I'd leave out the salt when mixing in the sour cream. Yes they must be very dry when mixing in the sour cream so draining them for a couple of hours after soaking is essential. The salad is very watery otherwise. I also have added a little dill when mixing in the sour cream. This seems like a lot of work but it's really not. Just some planning and a couple of minutes cutting and draining and then you let them sit in the refrigerator the rest of the time. Makes a very tasty elegant salad. I wrote the last review of this recipe almost a year ago. I've been on a quest for the perfect cucumber salad for some years before that too. This is still a DELICIOUS salad and I've been making it a lot lately because cucumbers are cheap and abundant. It's a good way to use up a lot of cucumbers. A few slices on a tossed salad just doesn't use up enough. Right now serving for serving, an all cucumber salad is cheaper than lettuce too. You might be interested to know that the salt soaking I mentioned before also seems to cut down significantly on the burping. I have since tried a scant amount of thyme instead of the dill. This is good. I've tried the paprika but I won't again. It doesn't add much to the flavor and it gives it a pinkish color I don't care for. I have however taken to mixing equal parts mayo and sour cream.  -  14 Aug 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Simple and delicious! Sometimes the most basic ingredients combine to be some of the best tasting. I love cucumber salads and they make a nice light side dishes. Be sure to drain the liquid out of the cucumbers so you don't have a watery, "soggy" salad. I used reduced fat sour cream as fat free usually has an aftertaste that's a bit unpleasant. I let it chill for a couple of hours and it was very "cool" and very good. It reminds me of my Grandma Jean's cucumber salad - Thanks!  -  29 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Without vinegar, I found this to be very bland. Once I added it in it turned out very well.  -  07 Aug 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)