Cucumber Salad with Mint

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This sweet and tangy cucumber salad is the perfect light side when grilling or picnicking.

This is my go-to cucumber salad for summer picnics and BBQs. It is simple yet addictively good — and it improves if you make it ahead of time. What else can you ask for?

What You’ll Need to Make Cucumber Salad with Mint

cucumber salad ingredients

I like to use English cucumbers, which are also called seedless, European, burpless, or hothouse cucumbers, as opposed to regular cucumbers. The advantage is that they’re typically wrapped in plastic instead of waxed to protect the skin and keep moisture in, so you don’t need to peel them. They’re also slightly sweeter with fewer seeds.

You’ll notice that I use a combination of olive oil and vegetable oil. Sometimes the flavor of olive oil alone can overpower so I like to cut it with a milder tasting oil.

How To Make Cucumber Salad with Mint

removing the seeds from the cucumbers

Begin by halving the cucumbers and scraping out the seeds with a teaspoon.

cucumbers and salt in a colander

Slice the cucumbers and toss them with salt in a colander. Let them sit in the sink for about 30 minutes to drain the water out. This will prevent the cucumbers from getting soggy and the dressing from turning watery. Tap the colander against the sink to release excess water, then transfer the cucumbers to a clean dish towel.

sliced cucumbers on dish towel

Blot dry as best you can.

blotting the cucumbers dry

Meanwhile, temper the red onions by soaking them in ice water for about ten minutes to tame their bite. Works like a charm! (This step is optional; I don’t care for raw onions.)

soaking red onions in ice water

Drain the onions and blot them dry with a paper towel, then combine them in a bowl with the drained cucumbers, mint, vinegar, oil and seasoning.

salad ingredients in mixing bowl

Toss well.

tossed cucumber salad

Cover and let stand in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to allow the flavors to marry. Serve cold and enjoy!

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This sweet and tangy cucumber salad is the perfect light side when grilling or picnicking.

Servings: 4-6
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes, plus 50 minutes for the cucumbers to drain and the flavors to marry

Ingredients

  • 2 English (or hothouse) cucumbers
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onions
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

Instructions

  1. Cut the cucumbers in half lengthwise. Use a teaspoon to scrape out the seeds, then cut into thin slices. Toss the cucumbers with the salt in a colander. Let drain in the sink for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, soak the red onions in a small bowl of ice water for ten minutes, then drain in a fine mesh strainer. Blot dry with a paper towel.
  3. Tap the cucumber-filled colander on the base of the sink to release any excess water. Lay a clean dish towel flat on the counter, and then dump the cucumbers over top. Use the edges of the towel to blot the cucumbers dry.
  4. In a medium bowl, toss the cucumbers, onions, white wine vinegar, olive oil, vegetable oil, sugar, pepper and mint. Cover and let stand in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes or up to 12 hours. Before serving, taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Serve cold.
  5. Make-Ahead Instructions: This salad can be made up to 12 hours ahead of time. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 108
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Sodium: 391mg
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • This is a lovely & light side salad for just about any meal. If you’re sensitive to raw onions, soaking them in water is essential to avoid tummy pains. Next time I think I’ll try adding fried cubes of halloumi cheese before serving!

    • — Geraldine on February 2, 2021
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  • Just fished making this again. I must have made this over a dozen times since the summer. I absolutely love this salad. I used to have leftover cucumbers just going to waste from not using it all in other recipes. Not any more. I never have leftovers as I usually buy them just to make this salad. I’ve halved and quartered this recipe easily. I also use more mint.

    • — Terri L on October 17, 2020
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  • I love this light, refreshing side dish. I made it according to recipe and noticed two lone radishes in my fridge, so I added those. It was great and had an extra layer of flavor!

    • — Susan D on September 12, 2020
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  • I commend you on the thorough steps, great photos, and the inclusion of wonderful mint to the recipe. I make something similar but have always used fennel or dill, so this is a refreshing option. I am soooo surprised, however, to see that you use Wesson oil. I have been a ‘health nut’ for 50 some-odd years, and it has been proven that vegetable oils such as this are horribly unhealthy. I will make your recipe and use equal parts of olive oil and avocado oil. I may also use one of my special flavor-infused olive oils as a variation, such as a lemon or coconut infused olive oil. What has been the most helpful aspect of your recipe is how you’ve prepared the onion and cucumbers. Onions can overwhelm, but they do ‘marry’ cucumbers so well, and soaking them seems just the thing to do!
    (I deducted a star because of the Wesson oil!

    • — Janie Prichard on August 10, 2020
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  • This recipe is amazing and our go to summertime salad when we have fresh cucumbers from our garden. Delicious and always a crowd pleaser!

    • — Amy on July 27, 2020
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  • So healthy and refreshing for a summer day—would go with anything for lunch or dinner

    • — Sandy on July 26, 2020
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  • What and how much substitute for sugar?

    • — kimj on April 20, 2020
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    • Hi, I’ve never made this with anything but sugar, but I suspect you could use honey here. I’d recommend about 1.5 teaspoons. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on April 21, 2020
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  • Great recipe: easy, tasty, simple ingredients & can be made ahead. Served along your Chicken Tikka Masala(also 5 star)….it was a very good supper. Thanks, Jenn!

    • — Mary on March 15, 2020
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  • This salad was so great. I was a bit apprehensive about the mint but followed the recipe exactly, and it was perfect. The whole family really enjoyed this. It paired perfectly with the chicken Tikka masala we made with your recipe! Thank you!

    • — April on November 22, 2019
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    • Good morning all, I thought I’d make a comment from across the pond. I tried this recipe for a small gathering of five yesterday, it went down really well with everyone. My neighbour has mint in his garden and I help myself whenever I need to. His mint is double mint and it’s excellent in everything especially Pimms. Maybe you could look for some of that and try it. I find that American recipes use a lot more sugar and salt than we do so I adjust accordingly, but this recipe was spot on. I also made Jenn’s black bean and sweet corn with lime vinaigrette. It was very good but we like lime so used a bit more of that with a bit less salt. We all adjust to suit our own families I suppose. I really enjoy trying different things so have enjoyed this website immensely. Take care everyone in these strange times. Dottie

      • — Dottie Greenwood on June 29, 2020
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