This Cucumber Dill Salad recipe is the perfect summer side dish. There’s absolutely no cooking, it can be made in advance and it uses fresh summer ingredients. Oh, and it delicious! It’s crisp and fresh from the cucumber, dill and vinegar, which is exactly what you want when you’re chowing down on something right of the hot grill.
I used English cucumbers but you can use regular or Persian cucumbers as well. Persian cucumbers would be best as they are less watery than regular cucumbers. You’d need about 8 Persian cucumbers and 2-3 regular cucumbers if you were going to substitute.
Here’s a little shortcut, use kitchen shears to chop fresh herbs. I started using them to chop up my son’s food into bite size pieces so that he could eat without choking. It was so easy that I started looking around the kitchen to see what else I could cut up and settled on herbs. It’s so nice to be able to just grab a bunch of dill and start cutting. I use Kitchen-Buddy kitchen shears from Amazon. They are very sharp which is perfect. The only downside is that they don’t come apart to wash and don’t go in the dishwasher. I usually only use these shears for cutting herbs so that’s not much of an issue. However, they are heavy duty and could handle much bigger jobs.
- 2 English Cucumbers, thinly sliced
- ½ large Sweet Onion, thinly sliced
- ½ cup Fresh Dill, finely chopped
- ¼ cup White Vinegar
- ¼ cup Extra Virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- Combine thinly sliced cucumbers, sliced onions, and chopped dill in a bowl. Toss gently.
- In a small bowl, combine oil, vinegar, sugar and salt. Whisk thoroughly.
- Drizzle oil and vinegar mix over cucumber mixture and toss to mix completely
- Chill for an hour to blend flavors before serving.
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