Easy Cucumber Salad

Easy cucumber salad recipe

Several weeks ago I was at a restaurant and had a great cucumber salad. I’m sure I’ve had it before, but I had forgotten how good it was. I decided to try to make it for myself and I wasn’t disappointed, it was delicious! This salad only takes a few minutes to make and you can store it in your refrigerator for several months.

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Cucumber Salad Recipe


1 cucumber
1 half bell pepper
1 half small onion
1 c. vinegar
2 c. sugar
1 tbsp. salt
1 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. mustard seed




Note: this recipe makes approximately 1 quart of cucumber salad.


First prepare the dressing by placing vinegar, salt, sugar, celery seed, and mustard seed in a small sauce pan.


Heat until the the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to boil. Remove the pan from the heat and cool.


Easy recipe for cucumber salad in a jar.


Make sure the vinegar mixture is cooled off all the way before you pour it over the vegetables, or the heat will cause your vegetables to shrink in the jar as it cools off.


While the vinegar mixture is cooling, slice the cucumber, bell pepper, and onion. You can use any color of bell pepper. The more color you add, the more colorful your salad will be.


If you like your cucumbers and onions cut into nicely uniform slices, this mandoline slicer is what you need to easily cut them in just a few seconds.


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Place the sliced vegetables in a clean quart sized canning jar, then pour the cooled vinegar mixture over the vegetables, leaving 1 inch head space.


Place the lid on the jar and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve. I use these inexpensive plastic canning jar lids you can order online from Amazon. They are great for storing mason jars in the refrigerator and are easy to wash and re-use.


This salad can be stored in the refrigerator for several months, so make up a couple of jars at one time if you can.


Don’t just take my word for it, try it. This cucumber salad is really good!

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37 Comments on "Easy Cucumber Salad"

  1. Hi, question well it cause a big problem with the recipe if you don’t put all that sugar in there? I’ve looked for a recipe close to what my mom used to make, (it was more sour than sweet) but I’ve yet to find one as close as this one….
    I have to agree with everyone that loves that you don’t put 50 pages of fluff, before they give you the recipe. To someone with no kids, no hubby and just a cute fluffy puppy I don’t really care about most of the fluff that they put. I will definitely check out other pages of yours!


  2. I need help!!! I made this cucumber salad but ALL the veggies shriveled and were limp!!! The taste is good…,I just don’t know what I did wrong!!!


  3. what is 1 cucumber? 1 cup? or what have people been using. I guess I have a visual of 1/2 a bell pepper or 1/2 an onion but I can’t seem to decide how much cucumber to add. (ps – I had to rate to make a comment, even though I haven’t made a batch yet)


  4. Love this recipe. Can’t make enough. Great for all the cakes coming in the garden. However, even with totally cool syrup the cucumbers still shrink. Any ideas?


  5. Hello
    I save plastic lids from Mayo jars a lot will fit your mason jars, why buy them you can still boil them!
    I love all of your recipes!
    Thank you
    Brenda Way


  6. Yes, Yes, Yes. I get so tired of reading hundreds of words and all kinds of pictures when all I want is the recipe and maybe some comments from those who have tried the recipe. I don’t need to know when someone went to the grocery store and what they bought and what their kids are doing and where they are going, just give me the recipe! This one looks good and I will try it soon.


  7. Crap! I got too excited and didnt heat my stuff just put it right in the jar and shook it really good


    1. Hi! Yes you can use stevia or other sugar substitute in this recipe in the place of the sugar.


      1. I used equal parts of Splenda and it was SO GOOD! I’m T1D also. Easy no carb snack for sure!


  8. What can I use in place of mustard seed? I have ground mustard , cumin seed or fennel seed – will those work?


  9. This salad is already a family favorite here and has been for several years. We also add shredded cabbage to it.


  10. I also appreciate the post not having all the extras as Pearl mentioned. It is very annoying to try to eliminate them to print the recipe. Also, instead of buying all those plastic tops $$$ I have found that peanut butter jar lids fit just fine.


    1. Hi! It would be great if you could can this recipe, but the cucumbers would end up being really soft. That is why regular cucumbers aren’t very good for canning. This cucumber salad will actually keep in the refrigerator for several months, so you can make a few jars and the vinegar will preserve it for quite awhile.


      1. What if you used different cucumbers? If pickles stay crispy why wouldn’t they stay crispy? Just trying to figure out a way to can and store for winter.


  11. I love this recipe and all the people at the potluck last night loved it too. When the veg are gone I have been bringing the liquid to a boil again and re-using it. Hope that is ok.


    1. Hi! No need to boil it again, just put new vegetables in the jar with the liquid you have saved from the last batch. Glad everyone loved it, it is delicious! I’ll miss it when summer is gone. Wish there was some way to save this goodness for winter 🙂


    1. Hi! Yes, it is 2 cups of sugar. You aren’t actually eating all that sugar, it’s just in the syrup. I forgot to mention in the recipe that after you eat the cucumbers out of the jar you can just add new ones to the syrup in the jar. The syrup will stay good in the refrigerator for at least a month.


  12. Thank you for an awesome recipe my grandma would do lots of jams and vegetables the old fashioned way I miss this ness and now I can try my own can vegetables


  13. ~I like how you have put the recipe at the top of the post. I also appreciate that there weren’t 12 paragraphs of story and description and 26 big color photos all accompanied by 34 spots of sponsor related advertising with the recipe. Kudos to you for a great post! I will check out your page and some more posts and I am looking forward to trying this recipe~


    1. Pearl, I laughed at loud when I read your comment! Bloggers who write their posts that way are writing for companies they are sponsoring. I considered doing that but honestly those kind of posts annoy me too, ha ha ha! 🙂


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