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Cucumber Salad with Easy Balsamic Dressing

Low-Carb Cucumber Salad with Easy Balsamic Dressing just might become a favorite you make all summer long because this is so easy and delicious! And if you have fresh garden cucumbers, that can only make it better!

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Cucumber Salad with Easy Balsamic Dressing finished salad in serving bowl

I’m anxiously waiting to plant my new garden space again this year, but so far the nights are a little too cold in Utah. But when I do get it planted, I’m going to have four bush cucumber plants, so I should have plenty of cucumbers to make salads like this one. I found this easy, easy, easy but amazing cucumber salad years ago on a big recipe site that is no longer online, and I’ve been making the salad every summer since I first tried it in 2006!

I’ve you’ve never had a garden where the amount of produce suddenly spins out of control you may not understand the quest to search for new ways to use up garden veggies like cucumbers, squash, and tomatoes. It seems like every summer I add at least one or two new recipes to my collection for these summer vegetables. So when I make a cucumber salad over and over you know it’s really a winner, and when Kara and I made this recently to take these new photos we loved it. I hope you’ll remember this salad when you have cucumbers coming out of your ears later this summer.

I’ll be honest, it’s partly the mayonnaise in the slightly sweet and sour tasting but creamy dressing that makes me like this salad so much, and I think it’s a great change of pace from regular cucumber dressings!

I don’t mind the slightly brown color from the balsamic vinegar, but I would use white balsamic vinegar (affiliate link) if you have some. I sweetened the dressing with Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link), and used my fresh-frozen lemon juice. And, since cucumbers are one of The World’s Healthiest Foods and everything here is pretty low in carbs (balsamic vinegar has some carbs, but the amount per serving is small), you can eat this as often as you’d like!

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How to Make Cucumber Salad with Easy Balsamic Dressing:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. I used small Persian cucumbers which don’t need to be peeled. Cut the Cucumbers into same-size slices.
  2. Whisk together the balsamic vinegar, mayo, sweetener, lemon juice, and garlic to make the dressing.
  3. Mix the desired amount of dressing on to the cucumbers, season with salt and fresh ground black pepper, and serve!

Low-Carb Cucumber Salad with Easy Balsamic Dressing found on KalynsKitchen.com

It really doesn’t get much easier than this for cucumbers, unless it’s my ridiculously easy recipe for Easy Low-Carb Cucumbers Caesar! Hope all the cucumber fans enjoy the recipe.

More Salads with Cucumbers:

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Strawberry Cucumber Salad ~ Oh, Sweet Basil
Al’s Famous Hungarian Cucumber Salad ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pistachio-Pear Cucumber Salad ~ The Food Charlatan
Wake Up Your Mouth Thai Cucumber Salad from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Cucumber Salad with Easy Balsamic Dressing finished salad in serving bowl

Cucumber Salad with Easy Balsamic Dressing

Yield Makes 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

This Cucumber Salad with Easy Balsamic Dressing just might become a favorite you make all summer long.

Ingredients

  • 8 mini cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup mayo (see notes)
  • 1 T best quality balsamic vinegar (see notes)
  • 2 T Monkfruit Sweetener or other sweetener of your choice (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. garlic puree (also called ground garlic)
  • sea salt to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Trim ends off the cucumbers, and cut into slices about 3/8 inch thick. (I didn’t peel the Persian cucumbers I used. If you have garden cucumbers you could cut some of the peel off to make strips, which would look nice. If you have waxed cucumbers from the grocery store, I would peel them completely.)
  2. In small bowl or measuring cup, use whisk to combine mayo, white balsamic vinegar (affiliate link), Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or sweetener of your choice, lemon juice, and garlic.
  3. I would start with the smaller amount of sweetener and taste to see if you want to add more sweetener.
  4. Place the cucumbers in serving bowl.
  5. Combine cucumbers with dressing, season with sea salt and pepper, and serve.
  6. The salad can also be chilled for an hour or two before serving.

Notes

Use regular or light mayo, whichever you prefer. You can use white balsamic vinegar if you prefer a whiter dressing. Use more or less sweetener, depending on the quality of your vinegar; I would add one tablespoon and taste and keep adding more until it seems right to you. I love Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) but use any sweetener you prefer.

Adapted slightly from a recipe I found online in 2006, on a big recipe site that’s no longer online.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 236mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Cucumber Salad with Easy Balsamic Dressing found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Cucumber Salad with Easy Balsamic Dressing is a perfect side dish for low-carb, or low-glycemic diets or any phase of The original South Beach Diet. Use the type of mayo that fits your diet plan.

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    19 Comments on “Cucumber Salad with Easy Balsamic Dressing”

  1. I checked on Yummly for carb count. It's something like 19 net carbs? I don't understand what drives the carbs up in this recipe. Could you shed any light on this for me. It looks like a delicious recipe I'd like to try. Thank you!

    • This illustrates perfectly why I don't want to try to calculate carbs! I checked the ingredients separately and there is nothing here with many carbs. There are some carbs in balsamic vinegar, but the amount per serving when it's divided into four servings is minimal. I would definitely not hesitate to eat it; sorry I don't have any idea why the carb count is showing up as so high though.

  2. We are getting our garden spot ready to plant. Just had snow this past week. I'm so excited to plant cucumbers! I haven't had a garden for almost 10 years, not since I moved to Colorado from Missouri. Sliced cucumbers with purple onions in a balsamic dressing is what we used to have. Love that stuff! Thanks for sharing!

  3. This looks so yummy! Now I wish I would have planted some cucumbers! I guess I'll just have to make a vendor at the farmer's market happy 🙂

  4. Thanks for the nice feedback everyone.

    Kelly, glad you're enjoying the recipes.

  5. I have used a few of your recipes now and I just love them all!!!

  6. Wow! The dressing is very intriguing-sounding.

  7. This sounds delicious. I am growing cucumbers so hopefully I will be able to try this soon!

  8. Great timing! I just bought a large package of the small Persian cucumbers at the market yesterday. Not quite as good as garden-fresh, but still pretty tasty.

  9. Hello Kalyn,
    I am so happy to discover your wonderful blog.
    I have tried some of the recipes and love how easy they are to make thanks to your instructions.
    Sending you beautiful thoughts and + vibes from Paris, France.
    Brigitte
    http://www.myspace.com/brigittebeling

  10. Stephanie, thanks so much for the feedback, it means a lot to me. I did love this salad, especially for so few ingredients. Good luck on South Beach.

  11. Yesterday was my first day on SBD and I decided to add this to my dinner. It was SOOOO tasty! I love my cukes, but my DH always turns them down. However, he ate these and asked if he could take the leftovers to work for lunch today.

    Thanks for this recipe and so far I’ve found your site so useful.

  12. Mimi, I like the idea of red onions in this a lot.

    Sher, it was a keeper for sure.

  13. That looks delicious! I always look for new ways to fix cucumbers. Great picture too!

  14. I make a very similar salad, using pear-infused balasamic vinegar and red onions. But I will try yours — a little variation is good!

  15. Christine, thanks. It was really quite yummy.

    Linda meant to leave that comment on the recipe for Sun Dried Tomato Pesto, but no worries. I guess I’m not sold on the idea of pine nuts in pesto. The nuts are ok, but not totally necessary in my humble opinion.

  16. kaylyn–I can’t wait to try this pesto recipe. I am surprised there were no pine nuts in the mixture!? Lt

  17. I wouldn’t have thought of combining balsamic vinegar with mayonnaise Kalyn. Now I will! Nice recipe.