Cucumber, Red Onion Salad

Cucumber, Red Onion Salad (in Balsamic Dressing)

This tangy, slightly spicy, slightly sweet cucumber salad can be served as a side dish or as a condiment. It would make a delicious accompaniment to hamburgers or sausage (veggie of course). Balsamic vinegar and plenty of black pepper give a new spin to the traditional summer salad recipe.

On my daily stroll through my vegetable garden this morning I noticed a cucumber peeking out of a smallish cucumber plant. I didn’t think the plant nearly ready to produce, upon looking closer I found not one but three cucumbers ready for harvest. I had some red onions in my pantry, that I had harvested in the spring, needing to be used and begging to be paired with the cucumbers.

cucumber and red onion
cucumber and red onion from the garden

Not being a huge fan of the traditional cucumber/red onion salad recipe that are found at many summer gatherings, I played around with vinegars and came up with a recipe that hit all the right notes for my taste buds. hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I do. If so please comment (below the recipe). I love reading your comments and they help the success of the blog. Thank you!

Cucumber, Red Onion Salad (in Balsamic Dressing)

5 from 15 votes
Recipe by Jackie’s Veggie Kitchen Course: SidesDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 large cucumbers sliced

  • 1 small red onion

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1 Tbs. maple syrup-

  • 1 Tbs. Olive oil

  • 1 tsp fine sea salt

  • 1 tsp. black pepper


  • Slice each cucumber into 1/4 – 1/8″ slices and add to a large bowl
  • Add in the sliced red onion (thinly sliced into half moons), toss to combine.
  • In a mason jar add remaining ingredients and shake to combine. Pour the dressing mixture over the cucumber and onion and toss to fully coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • I put this salad in mason jars until ready to use… makes for easy storage and travel.

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  1. Dennis Schelling

    Looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it. Will be perfect on hot days

  2. Gina Mastrantonio

    What would use to substitute if you didn’t have maple syrup?

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