This refreshing Cucumber Onion Salad has just 4 ingredients! It’s an easy, low-calorie, low-carb and tasty side dish you’ll find yourself making again and again…and again.
There’s a new gadget at our house…a spiralizer! It turns vegetables, like cucumbers or zucchini, into long pasta-like strands. It’s easy to do. It’s fun.
It was an exciting day when I finally got one!
There are many, many spiralizer brands on the market and I’ve included my favorites in our Amazon Shop. But, you don’t need to buy a fancy, expensive one to make this recipe. The one pictured below is inexpensive and does the trick.
In fact, you don’t need one at all to make this Cucumber and Onion Salad!
How to Make Cucumber Onion Salad
This recipe is embarrassingly easy. Yet, I want it in the recipe archives because it’s such a flavorful and simple side to round out a meal.
To make the salad, slice cucumber and onion, toss it with seasoned rice vinegar and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. That’s it!
Pictured below are the long strands created from a spiralized slicing cucumber, the type that you generally find at the grocery store.
Check out the clump of seeds in the upper part of the bowl. They (pretty much) neatly fell into a pile during the spiralizing process, an unexpected benefit of my new kitchen gadget in this application.
Seeds can be bitter, so it’s nice to exclude as many as possible from the final salad.
Use an English or Persian cucumber, which are prized for having minimal seeds, and you won’t have this problem at all. Check out all different types of cucumbers in this article by Berkeley Wellness.
Cucumber and onion salad is perfectly delicious (and of course, tastes exactly the same) when the cucumber is diced or cut into ribbons with a vegetable peeler. But, it’s a lot of fun eating loooong cucumber noodles. 🙂
More Tips and Variations
- Cucumbers are very watery. Once you have peeled and spiralized, sliced, or diced them, allow them to drain, 20 minutes is ideal.
- I sliced the red onion extremely thin to achieve a similar look and feel to the cucumber noodles. (I actually used my other favorite gadget, a mandolin.)
- Once everything is mixed together, drain off excess liquid before serving.
- Top with sesame seeds or chia seeds!
- How many add-ins can you think of for this side dish? Tomatoes, radishes, carrots…?
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Cucumber Onion Salad
- 2 cups cucumber, peeled and spiralized can also slice or chop, about 2 medium-sized cucumbers
- ¼ cup red onion thinly sliced or diced
- 2 Tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds optional
- Allow cut cucumber to drain in a colander for about 15 minutes and blot dry with a towel.
- Discard loose and excess seeds.
- Toss cucumber and red onion with seasoned rice vinegar.
- If desired, toast sesame seeds by heating in non-stick pan for about 5 minutes or until sesame seeds begin to brown and are fragrant. Stir frequently.
- Drain off excess liquid before serving.
- Top with sesame seeds, if using.
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