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Sweet and Tangy Marinated Cucumbers

Tart and sweet, this fresh summer side can be made ahead with no cooking required. Serve with heartier main dishes, rice and a grilled protein, or as an easy refreshing side dish to any summer meal.
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Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: dairy free, easy side dish, gluten free, no cook recipe, potluck recipe, summer
Servings: 4
Calories: 83kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $5.00


  • Mixing Bowl


  • 1 tablespoon minced Red or White Onion
  • 3 tablespoon Rice Vinegar (substitute white wine vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt (see note)
  • 1 lb Cucumbers, thinly sliced (look for small or seedless cucumbers, if using larger cucumbers, peel first)
  • Chopped Fresh Mint or Parsley (optional)


  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together onion, vinegar, olive oil, sugar, and kosher salt until sugar and salt dissolve.
  • Add cucumbers to dressing and gently fold to coat all of the cucumbers in dressing.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve (these are best if they’ve had at least 30 minutes in the fridge and can be made up to a day ahead).
  • Optional: Just before serving, drain liquid off cucumbers. (This will likely depend on what you are serving with the cucumbers. The flavorful marinde is great if you are serving the cucumbers over rice or another grain that will soak it up.)
  • Stir in fresh mint or parsley. Serve chilled.


Kosher Salt - I use Morton’s Kosher Salt to test recipes. If using table salt, reduce by about half. If using Diamond Kosher Salt, increase by about 25%. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to salt, so be sure to taste and adjust as you go. 


Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 82IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg