Spicy Cucumber and Onion Salad

While I’m not 100% convinced that spring is here to stay, it’s here for the time being and we’re loving it!  Makes me think of summer, things turning green, sunshine and fresh produce.

My grandma passed a week ago so she’s been on a my mind a lot this past week.  She used to make this cucumber and onion salad that I remember hating with a passion but eating because it got put on my plate… but somehow as I got older I learned to love it and still do.  With a few twists and add-ons it’s become one of my favorite summer dishes.

I’m not a person who has cravings, but when I do it’s not for chocolate, it’s not for salt, it’s not for ice cream… it’s for something spicy.  So, we took Grandma’s cucumber and onion salad and gave it a little kick. 🙂


  • 2 large seedless cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 c. white vinegar
  • 1 c. water
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 T. dill
  • 2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice

Combine vinegar, water, sugar, lemon juice and spices.  Put cucumbers and onions in a resealable container and pour liquid over top.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

The liquid doesn’t go bad, so you can keep adding cucumbers and onions.  In the summer I’ll use the same liquid for up to a week and just keep adding vegetables.  I’ll also chop some fresh chives and parsley if it’s in the garden and throw that in – you can’t go wrong.


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