Cucumber Salad

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If you're familiar with my moms Cucumber Salad from my cookbook, you know that this makes an appearance on my dinner table almost EVERY single night! It's the most perfect side salad known to man (goes beautifully with many of these epic chicken recipes, grilled flank steak or salmon shawarma) and now it's on WGC for us to access on a daily basis.

Cucumber salad in a ceramic bowl with sliced cucumbers and avocados mixed together in a vinaigrette. The bowl is on a cream linen napkin on a lavender table with two gold serving spoons in the bottom right corner and two orange glasses in the the top right corner

Why I Love This Recipe

Growing up in my home meant that there was also a constant supply of double chocolate chip muffins, we were never far away from my dad's kitchen sink cookies, and that an avocado cucumber salad was on the table 99% of the time for family dinner. This cucumber salad has taken many forms over the years but this is it in it's simplest form. It's refreshing and crunchy and creamy and it truly works with just about any main dish. I couldn't be more obsessed.

Ingredients

  • Seedless Cucumbers
  • Avocados
  • Lemon Juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Chives
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Red Chili Flakes
  • Garlic Cloves
    *For a full list of ingredients and instructions please see recipe card below

How to Make Cucumber Salad

Olive oil, lemon juice, chives, garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes in a medium clear bowl on top of a white countertop.

Step 1: In a medium bowl, whisk the lemon juice, olive oil, chives, garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes and adjust seasoning to taste. 

Diced cucumber and diced avocado combined with oil and lemon and seasoning mixture in a clear white bowl on top of a white countertop.

Step 2: To the same bowl, add the avocado and cucumbers and toss to combine. Serve immediately. Cucumber salad is ready to roll and you'll be obsessed.

Diced cucumbers and diced avocado seasoned with flaky sea salt, pepper, and olive oil.

Tips & Tricks

I make this for our family most nights and I always make the dressing first in a large bowl and then toss in the avocado to give it a quick coating - thank you for that hot tip mom. Then the cukes can go on top and they just sit there for 45 minutes + without being stirred in. That way, when it's time to eat, everything gets a quick toss and you're good to go. The cucumbers can't get mixed too early as they will get soft. But the avocado was coated in the vinaigrette so it won't oxidize. Best of both worlds and everyone is happy!

Recipe FAQs:

What does a cucumber salad contain?

Cucumbers, a super easy lemon vinaigrette, some chives and avocado! Simplicity at it's finest.

What mixes well with cucumbers?

You could add anything to this - tomatoes, lettuce, feta, mozzarella, olives etc. It's a great base.

What is the best cucumber for salad?

I love a Persian Cucumber. A hot house English cucumber works too, but if you're going that route, make sure to either peel the skin or slice it super thin!!

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Cucumber salad in a ceramic bowl with sliced cucumbers and avocados mixed together in a vinaigrette. The bowl is on a cream linen napkin on a lavender table with two gold serving spoons in the bottom right corner

Cucumber Salad

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 5 votes
If you need an easy but delish side salad, this cucumber salad is it! Made with a lemon vinaigrette, fresh chives and cucumber, it works as a side salad for just about any main course.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Salad, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 seedless cucumbers halved and sliced
  • 2 avocados diced

Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons chives chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk the lemon juice, olive oil, chives, garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes and adjust seasoning to taste.
  • To the same bowl, add the avocado and cucumbers and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Notes

This recipe is PERFECTION as is - but feel free to add in some tomatoes, olives, lettuce, cheese etc. Use it as a base and build. It's perfect all summer long. 
I make this for our family most nights and I always make the dressing first in a large bowl and then toss in the avocado to give it a quick coating. 
Then the cukes can go on top and they just sit there for 45 minutes + without being stirred in. That way, when it's time to eat, everything gets a quick toss and you're good to go. The cucumbers can't get mixed too early as they will get soft. But the avocado was coated in the vinaigrette so it won't oxidize. Best of both worlds and everyone is happy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 727mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 387IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is so simple but so delicious. I added feta too, like you suggested- so good I want to lick the bowl clean! (I did.. ) this dressing might be really good on your chicken fajita Cobb salad too!! Another of my favorites.

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely a fresh, crunchy, well seasoned, easy and delicious salad. We will be making this on repeat this summer.

  3. 5 stars
    I have been making this on the regular from your cookbook (except with balsamic). I will have to try with lemon juice for a summer vibe. So so SO good!

  4. Looks delish! Do you think rice vinegar would work in the recipe, in place of the lemon juice?

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