This was my Dad's recipe and one of our family's all-time summer favorites.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix cucumbers, sweet onion, and sea salt together in a bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 30 minutes.

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  • Turn cucumber mixture into a colander set over a bowl or in a sink; let drain, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has drained, about 30 minutes more. Transfer drained cucumber mixture to a large bowl.

  • Stir mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, dill, garlic powder, and black pepper together in a bowl with a whisk until smooth; pour over the cucumber mixture and stir to coat vegetables with the dressing.

  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Cook's Note:

You can add some more mayonnaise if the sauce is too runny for your liking.

Nutrition Facts

320.3 calories; 1.1 g protein; 6.9 g carbohydrates; 15.7 mg cholesterol; 896.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2017
I'm the person who submitted this recipe and I appreciate all the feedback, both positive and negative. I use the largest cukes I can find and use the full tablespoon of sea salt because "water follows salt" (think "Osmosis"). Adding salt to cukes, zucchini, etc. will help dry them out. You most certainly can decrease the amount to suit your taste but as the majority of reviewers mentioned: you MUST drain the cukes thoroughly or you'll end up with a runny mess. I like the idea of using a salad spinner (an item I don't have) but I have to rely on time and patience when I make this (or squeezing by hand if I'm in a hurry and they're still too wet after 30 minutes). I'm glad that most of you have enjoyed this recipe, and I also enjoyed seeing some of the twists on it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/23/2014
I'm sorry, I followed the recipe exact. After I covered the salad with plastic wrap and let it sit, I came back and the bowl was filled with liquid. The salt had continued to pull liquid from the cucumbers and onions which made this thin slurry that made having dressing impossible. Read More
(32)
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  • 4 star values: 46
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2017
I'm the person who submitted this recipe and I appreciate all the feedback, both positive and negative. I use the largest cukes I can find and use the full tablespoon of sea salt because "water follows salt" (think "Osmosis"). Adding salt to cukes, zucchini, etc. will help dry them out. You most certainly can decrease the amount to suit your taste but as the majority of reviewers mentioned: you MUST drain the cukes thoroughly or you'll end up with a runny mess. I like the idea of using a salad spinner (an item I don't have) but I have to rely on time and patience when I make this (or squeezing by hand if I'm in a hurry and they're still too wet after 30 minutes). I'm glad that most of you have enjoyed this recipe, and I also enjoyed seeing some of the twists on it. Read More
(107)
Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2017
I'm the person who submitted this recipe and I appreciate all the feedback, both positive and negative. I use the largest cukes I can find and use the full tablespoon of sea salt because "water follows salt" (think "Osmosis"). Adding salt to cukes, zucchini, etc. will help dry them out. You most certainly can decrease the amount to suit your taste but as the majority of reviewers mentioned: you MUST drain the cukes thoroughly or you'll end up with a runny mess. I like the idea of using a salad spinner (an item I don't have) but I have to rely on time and patience when I make this (or squeezing by hand if I'm in a hurry and they're still too wet after 30 minutes). I'm glad that most of you have enjoyed this recipe, and I also enjoyed seeing some of the twists on it. Read More
(107)
Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2015
This cucumber salad is very tasty! I salt my cucumbers for a bit and then drain them. You always have to drain the liquid off the cucumbers. The salt is what makes the cucumbers soft and salt-flavored. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/23/2014
I'm sorry, I followed the recipe exact. After I covered the salad with plastic wrap and let it sit, I came back and the bowl was filled with liquid. The salt had continued to pull liquid from the cucumbers and onions which made this thin slurry that made having dressing impossible. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2016
Don't forget to drain the cucumbers! I used cucumbers from our garden. Follow the steps EXACTLY, especially the draining part. I put mine in a salad spinner, which automatically caused a separation between the cucumbers and the brine. I also waited the full 30 minutes indicated. I also added a sprig of fresh tarragon that I chopped up and it added an amazing flavor. I made it a bit last minute so I wasn't able to keep it in the refrigerator the full two hours, but it tasted great after cooling for 45 minutes. The incredible thing about this salad is how crispy the cucumber remained, even the left overs we ate the next day.. I've made it twice already; my husband loves it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2016
When I saw this recipe I hoped it would be good, thought it sounded good. After making it, I can honestly say it was better than I had hoped. It was easy to make and ended up with a flavor that was much better than I had anticipated. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2017
Tastes just like my grandmas. Delicious, Cut mayo 1/2 and use about 1/4-1/2 cup sour cream. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2014
As a kid growing up my mom used to make a recipe similar to this. I knew the basic ingredients but not the measurements. I am so glad I found this recipe. I didn't want to wait for the cucumbers to drain so I squeezed out the juice. This worked very good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2016
I suggest reducing salt and sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2017
Love it just as is, or you can just make it with mayo, vinegar, and a packet of the dry hidden valley ranch mix. Delicious! Read More
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