Cucumber Salad

Cucumber salad

The best thing about summer is being able to make salads from the garden. I have cucumbers that are almost ready to pick and peppers on the way, both of which make this salad fantastic. This cucumber salad is an old family recipe, one my mother made frequently growing up.Β This isn’t your typical creamy dill cucumber salad, it’s more of a vinaigrette dressing with really simple seasonings. It’s the perfect summer pairing for any meal.Β Β 

You can use only cucumbers in it, or you can dress it up with peppers, tomatoes, or even avocado. My favorite combination is cucumbers and peppers. I’m growing some yellow cucumbers this year and I can’t wait to make this salad with the green and yellow cucumbers and my red and orange peppers – how pretty will that be?!

I have so many great memories associated with this salad. Growing up we had a large pergola in our backyard that was covered with wisteria {my job to trim it all!} and anΒ outdoor table that sat underneath it. We ate outside in the summertime more often than we ate inside, and this salad was always a staple. Sometimes the veggies were homegrown, sometimes we would be disappointed to find we had only produced bitter cucumbers that year. {Crossing my fingers that isn’t my luck this year…} Either way this salad brings back memories of those days.

This light and refreshing cucumber salad is the perfect pairing for any summer meal! It's simple and quick to toss together. Easy enough for a weeknight meal, elegant enough for a fancy dinner. Try it out!

It reminds me why family dinner is important. It reminds me that slowing down long enough in the evening to eat together regularly will bring you closer to the ones you love than almost anything else. It reminds me that simple meals create lasting memories, and not everything needs to be fancy to be impactful. This simple cucumber salad reminds me that love is homegrown and homemade, and so is happiness.

Are you impressed I get all this from a salad? Ha. Well, food was and is such a big part of my life, I’m a firm believer that it has the ability to bring people together in a way nothing else can. That’s why I share my recipes! I want you all to experience that magic at the dinner table as well.

And before you roll your eyes, don’t worry. We had plenty of fights, arguments, and less-than-peaceful meals growing up. But I don’t remember those, I only remember that we had dinner together all the time and that is where we talked, laughed, teased {mostly teased}, and ate. I want my kids to have those same memories.

What are you favorite memories centered around food?

Serves 4-6

Cucumber Salad

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cucumber, deseeded and sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, color your choice, diced
  • 1/2 of a yellow or purple onion, sliced thin
  • Juice from 1 1/2 - 2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes, optional


  1. Cut off both ends of the cucumber. Cut it in half lengthwise and gently scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Slice into bite size pieces.
  2. Toss with pepper and onion.
  3. Squeeze lemon juice onto the vegetables, start with one and a half lemons and than wait to add the rest. Let sit for 10 minutes if you have time.
  4. Add olive oil, salt and pepper (don't be shy here!) and if you're adding it, the red pepper flakes.
  5. Taste and adjust lemon and seasonings how you'd like if necessary.
83 cal
19 g
2 g

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