Grandma's Cucumber and Onion Salad


Both of my grandmothers made this salad every summer when their gardens produced baskets of cucumbers. It's a cool, fresh side dish for any meal. One of my grandmas omitted the green pepper and the celery seed. She also put ice in it to chill it quickly and cut the vinegar taste.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
14 servings


  • 7 cups sliced cucumbers

  • salt as needed

  • 1 cup sliced onions

  • 1 cup sliced green bell pepper (Optional)


  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 cup white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon celery seed (Optional)

  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste


  1. Place cucumber slices in a colander and liberally sprinkle salt over cucumbers; set aside until water starts to release from cucumbers, about 15 minutes. Drain and rinse cucumbers.

  2. Mix cucumbers, onions, and green bell pepper together in a bowl.

  3. Whisk sugar, vinegar, celery seed, and 2 teaspoons salt together in a bowl until dressing is smooth; pour over cucumber mixture and stir until evenly coated.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

130 Calories
0g Fat
33g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 130
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 335mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 8mg 42%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 147mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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