Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill
This Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill is heavenly with fresh garden cucumbers and it’s low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and South Beach Diet friendly! Use Cucumbers to find more recipes like this one.
So far I’ve only had one cucumber from my garden this year, but when I start getting lots of cucumbers this Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill is just the type of salad I love for a summer side dish. It’s a simple recipe that includes cucumbers, salt, white wine vinegar, sweetener of your choice, and black pepper, and then what bumps this up into the category of memorable cucumber salads is the addition of lots of fresh dill.
I love dill, so I used even more than the recipe called for, but even if you think you’re not that crazy about dill I’m begging you to try some in this salad. Another thing that makes this a great summer salad is that it’s made in advance, and then chilled in the fridge for an hour (or longer) before serving. What are you waiting for? Get some cucumbers wherever you can, and make this salad!
I’d love to make this with garden cucumbers, but these European cucumbers from Costco were also great in the salad. I sliced the cucumbers with this mandoline. (I got mine as a gift from a student about 5 years ago!) You can also slice with a knife but the mandoline is faster and makes nice even slices. Put sliced cucumbers into a colander placed in the sink and sprinkle over 1 T coarse-ground salt, mixing it a bit with your fingers. Let sit 15 minutes.
While cucumber drain, wash the fresh dill, spin dry or dry with paper towels, then chop. Mix together white wine vinegar, sweetener, and black pepper and then stir in the chopped dill. (I confess, I added a bit more dill after I took this photo!) After 15 minutes, pat cucumbers dry with a paper towel. (The water that’s released will wash off most of the salt.) Mix cucumbers with the dressing in a plastic bowl that has a tight-fitting lid (or use a Ziploc bag.) Refrigerate cucumbers with dressing for an hour or longer, turning the bowl over a few times if you’re around. Serve cold.
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
More Cucumber Salads For Summer:
Cucumber and Radish Salad with Feta, Vinegar, and Buttermilk Dressing from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Moroccan Cucumber Salad with Herbs and Olives from The Perfect Pantry
Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Sweet Basil from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sichuan Cucumber Salad from Appetite for China
Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumbers, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill
This Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill is delicious with fresh garden cucumbers.
- 2 European cucumbers or 4 garden cucumbers, thinly sliced
- 1 T coarse grind kosher salt (or coarse grind sea salt)
- 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
- 3 T sweetener of your choice
- 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill (or more, I used about 1/2 cup)
- Cut ends of cucumbers, but do not peel.
- Slice into thin slices. (I used a 3mm blade in the mandoline, but you can also thinly slice the cucumbers by hand.)
- Put cucumbers in a colander placed in the sink and sprinkle with 1 T coarsely ground kosher salt.
- Mix it around a bit with your fingers so all the cucumbers have some salt on them.
- Let cucumbers sit and release water for 15 minutes.
- While cucumbers drain, wash dill, spin dry or dry with paper towels, then finely chop.
- Combine white wine vinegar, sweetener of your choice, and fresh ground black pepper, then stir in the chopped dill.
- After 15 minutes, pat cucumbers dry with paper towel. (Most of the salt should have been washed off by the water that was released.)
- Put cucumbers into a plastic bowl with a tight-fitting lid (or use a Ziploc bag.)
- Pour dressing over cucumbers and stir to combine.
- Refrigerate cucumbers with dressing for an hour or longer, turning the bowl over a few times if you’re around.
- Serve cold.
- This will keep in the fridge for a day or so, although I liked it best after just an hour in the fridge.
This recipe adapted slightly from Bon Appetit, July 2004.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Cucumbers are a wonderfully low-glycemic and low-carb food, and made with an approved sweetener this Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill would be a perfect side dish for low-carb and low-glycemic diets and any phase of the South Beach Diet .
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