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!
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!
How to Make Cucumber Salad with Easy Balsamic Dressing:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- I used small Persian cucumbers which don’t need to be peeled. Cut the Cucumbers into same-size slices.
- Whisk together the balsamic vinegar, mayo, sweetener, lemon juice, and garlic to make the dressing.
- Mix the desired amount of dressing on to the cucumbers, season with salt and fresh ground black pepper, and serve!
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.
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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
- 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
- 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.)
- 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.
- I would start with the smaller amount of sweetener and taste to see if you want to add more sweetener.
- Place the cucumbers in serving bowl.
- Combine cucumbers with dressing, season with sea salt and pepper, and serve.
- The salad can also be chilled for an hour or two before serving.
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.
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.
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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