Simple summer side: cucumber + sweet-onion salad


We’ve had an embarrassment of cucumbers lately.

Our new tradition of hitting the farmers’ market on the weekend brought us three of them for $2 — a steal! — and they’ve been patiently hanging out in our new fruit bowl since Saturday. Spencer came home with two more from a friend’s garden on Tuesday, bringing our total of OMG-HUGE vegetables to five.

Martha Stewart to the rescue, it seems! With some quick Googling, my husband found this recipe for cucumber and sweet-onion salad, and it is light, refreshing summer deliciousness.

And now nothing will go to waste. Just the way nature intended it, I think.

Between you and me? Um, we didn’t exactly have fresh dill or freshly-squeezed lemon juice . . . so we improvised with a dried variety as well as lemon from a bottle. The results were still great. In case, like me, you don’t feel like hitting the grocery store.

Just don’t tell Martha.


Cucumber and Sweet-Onion Salad

3 English cucumbers, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced on the diagonal
1 medium sweet onion, such as Vidalia, halved and thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh dill, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
Coarse salt and ground pepper

In a large bowl, toss together cucumbers, onion, dill, oil, lemon juice, and vinegar; season with salt and pepper.

(Recipe from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food)





11 thoughts on “Simple summer side: cucumber + sweet-onion salad

  1. Yummy! I hit a local produce stand yesterday and plan to make a salad like that with tomatoes. (I still smile every time I read “my husband” in one of your posts.)


    • Aw, thank you, Kathy! I smile when I type it. 🙂 Tomatoes would be a great addition to this salad. I actually thought about chopping up some leftover cherry tomatoes we have hanging around and still might, but I thought I’d keep it simple for my first batch!


  2. Oh, I eat so many cucumbers. I love them cold, cut thick, and dipped in hummus. Or chopped up in a tuna salad. Now I must try this cucumber and onion salad! Love that it has dill, kind of reminds me of a deconstructed dill pickle.


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