Cucumber Onion Salad

Surprising ingredients that create a refreshingly flavorful and simple salad perfect for your next barbecue or picnic!

Try my Watermelon Red Onion salad for another deliciously simple summer salad with surprising ingredients!

Who knows how many decades ago this recipe was first created, and by whom. It’s been around so long that nobody even knows. Cucumber Onion salad is a classic at potlucks and picnics the world over. For good reason…it’s easy, delicious, and refreshing.

This version is all of those things and just a bit more. Because this has fennel added to it. You can’t even see the fennel mixed in with the cucumber and onion, can you? But it’s there. And it adds just a bit of sweetness and bite to the already tasty, classic salad.

Don’t like fennel? You can certainly skip it and still have a delicious salad!

And a tip on how to make your version of the Cucumber Onion salad even better? Use Vidalia onions. No, really. They are sweet and tangy…absolutely perfect for this salad!

You can also add tomatoes to the salad if you feel like it. Try adding cherry tomatoes, cut in half.

Add a bit of sour cream to this salad to create a creamier salad more reminiscent of coleslaw.

This salad, although delicious eaten plain, can be put on top of burgers and hot dogs as a condiment, of sorts.

It’s piled on top of the hotdogs and veggie burgers as high as it can be. Yum! Although, you might need to give out forks to eat them.

We love this cheap recipe because cookouts, barbecues and parties tend to be so expensive (maybe we just choose too many meats and cocktails :)). And since it’s so easy, you can ask anyone in your family to make it while you prepare other things. Get your kids in the kitchen preparing this one!

Though your kids might not like this salad (c’mon, raw onions?), the adults at your next get together will love it.

Cucumber & Onion Salad

| 8 servings
Prep Time | 10 minutes
chilling time | 3 hours
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A refreshingly simple summer salad full of flavor!


  • 3 English cucumbers peeled and sliced
  • 1 Vidalia onion peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup shaved fennel bulb optional
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
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  • Put the sliced cucumber, onion, and fennel together into a medium size bowl.
  • Whisk the lemon juice, oil, salt & pepper together.
  • Pour the mixture into the cucumber, onion, and fennel. Mix well.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for several hours, preferably overnight.


Calories: 80kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 154mgPotassium: 243mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 125IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg

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