How to Make a Refreshing & Delightfully Crisp Cucumber Salad

Let the flavor of cucumbers shine through with this super easy-to-make salad.

Updated December 19, 2023
Cucumber salad

Everyone loves a refreshing and crisp salad. Whether you're looking for a light lunch or a side for dinner, a cucumber salad takes little preparation and is perfect for almost any occasion. With minimal effort, you can easily impress your guests with vibrant and crunchy greens tossed in a refreshing, zesty dressing. 

How to Make a Refreshing Cucumber Salad 

This cucumber salad isn't only a culinary delight, but it adds visual appeal to your dinner table. It makes 6 servings. 


  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 cucumbers, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the red wine vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Mix with a wire whisk until blended.
  2. Put the cucumbers in a bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss. 
  3. Garnish with the chopped, fresh dill.
  4. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for a few hours before serving. Store the salad covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Quick Tip

If you can't find fresh dill, you can use ¼ teaspoon dried dill. Rub the dried dill between your fingers briefly to release the aroma. 

Make Your Salad Eye-Catching

While the salad is refreshing on its own, you can also add other vegetables to give your salad a pop of color (and flavor). Here are some of our suggestions 

  • Red onions 
  • Lemon zest 
  • Fresh dill 
  • Cherry tomatoes 
  • Feta cheese
  • Roasted chickpeas 

Fancier Cucumber Cuts 

If you want to make your salad look fancier, peel several lengthwise strips or turn your cucumbers into gorgeous flowers. To make a flower,  make V-shaped cuts into your cucumbers until you have 5 around your cucumber, then slice your cucumber into ⅛"-thick slices. 

Crisp Cucumber Salad for Every Occasion 

Whether you're hosting a summer picnic or a dinner gathering with the family, this cucumber salad won't disappoint. It's delicious and light enough to eat or toss together to serve as a side. Never leave your dinner entrée unaccompanied again. 

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How to Make a Refreshing & Delightfully Crisp Cucumber Salad