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Cucumber & Onion Salad with Sour Cream Sauce



One of the goals for this year has been to try to eat healthier. I do eat healthy in terms of the fact that I don't eat a lot of "fast food" but I can most certainly say that I AM NOT eating healthier. I have actually gained 17lbs since the year started and so now I need to hit the gym. While you won't find me at Burger King and you most definitely won't find me at Mc. Donalds, even with their "healthier" foods such as their "salads", I do however need to make a stand and start working on my goal that I set for myself. I love salads and I like making my own salads. I know what's in them and I control my portion size but when salads are delicious like my Cucumber & Onion Salad with Sour Cream Sauce, you can see why it's not hard to see why I enjoy eating them. This salad is super easy to make but I suggest making more than you need because you're not going to want to share.

Cucumber & Onion Salad with Sour Cream Sauce

Ingredients


2 English cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 green onion, finely sliced
1 1/2 cups sour cream
3-4 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1/2 - 1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Directions

Put the cucumbers in a colander and sprinkle with the salt. Toss and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. This will draw out most of the moisture, which will prevent the salad from becoming watery.


After the cucumbers have drained, arrange them on paper towels in a single layer. Allow them to sit for another 5-10 minutes and pat dry.


While the cucumbers are sitting, add the sour cream, vinegar and pepper to a large bowl and whisk until smooth.


Taste the sauce and adjust the vinegar/pepper to your liking. If you like a sweeter sauce, add the sugar.


Add the both the onions to the sauce and toss to combine.

Add the cucumbers and stir until thoroughly coated.

Taste the salad again and adjust seasonings. Most of the salt will drain off, but there is usually enough still on the cucumbers that you don't need any more.

Cover tightly and chill for at least 30 minutes prior to serving.


Notes:

If you don't have white balsamic, you can use apple cider or white vinegar. If you use white vinegar, you may need additional sugar.

Annmarie John
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  1. Yum! This looks so good, I love cucumber salads, too bad I'm allergic to sour cream, wahhh!!!

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    1. Awwww so sorry to hear that. Maybe you can substitute it with your favorite dressing.

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  2. This looks delicious! I'm adding to my menu for next week for sure! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're very welcome Roxanne. I hope you enjoy it.

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  3. Ohhhh I LOVE cucumber salad! This would be yummy with some chopped fresh dill also! Good Luck on your weight loss journey!

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    1. Thank you Colette and you're right. They would taste great together.

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  4. Ok - this was SO helpful just with the tip about letting cucumbers sit with the salt on them. Never knew that trick/tip and always hated how the dressing would slip right off the cucumbers. This was super helpful...and yummy!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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    1. I'm glad I was able to share a little tip with you today. :)

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  5. The ingredients for the sauce have me drooling. I imagine you could put this on a lot of fun things and it would be delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Oh this look so easy to make and I actually have ALL the ingredients in my house for once. I am making this tomorrow because it's too late now. It's almost 10pm here but I have to try this. Thank you.

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    1. If you make it Adrienne please let me know how you like it.

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  7. I think there's something in the air because I've NEVER had an issue with gaining weight and I've gained 15 pounds since the year started as well. You got this sugar, especially with great recipes like this!

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    1. Oh my goodness yes, I didn't even eat that much, ok well I did eat a LOT, but I've always been fairly slim and have no idea how I gained 17lbs in less than 2 months. I need to get on a diet STAT.

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  8. Oh my goodness, this is like one of my favorite recipes ever! I love cucumber salad!

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    1. I'm glad I was able to share one of your favorites today.

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  9. My mom will surely love this recipe. It is good for those who have high blood pressure --- very healthy.

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    1. I'm not sure if it is good for those suffering from hypertension but if it is, then that's great!

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  10. It is healthier to prepare your own meals/dish. At least you know how much calories you put in it. This looks delish. Simple and fresh.

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    1. You are so right and I prefer actually making my own. Tastes better too.

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  11. I love eeating Salas for lunch, thus sounds like a fun alternative. I will have to fund white balsamic vinegar. I have not tried it before.

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    1. You can find it at Trader Joes if you have one close by.

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  12. I loved this recipe. In fact, sour cream is my favourite. This salad is so easy to make and going to taste awesome!

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    1. It sure is easy to make, wouldn't take you much time at all.

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  13. Such a yummy and quick salad option. Sour cream and balsamic really give a good flavour to the salad, you may add a spoon of honey rather than sugar as it goes well with balsamic.

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    1. Thank you for that tip. I'm sure honey would taste amazing with it as well.

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  14. This looks delicious! I make a cucumber salad with seasoned vinegar that my family loves.

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    1. Oh you have got to share that recipe with me. I'd love to give your version a try.

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  15. That salad looks amazing! I see the Modena brand here, but I don't think I've seen the white balsamic vinegar here.

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    1. Check around and see if you can find it at your local Trader Joes.

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  16. This looks like something great and delicious.Seems yet pretty delicious as well.Would love to try this out.Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're very welcome and it is absolutely delish! You've got to try it.

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  17. I love cucumbers and onions on my salad at Subway but have never done it as a salad before. I am going to try this.

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    1. And I think you should. I also get them on my sandwiches at Subway. It's not a sandwich unless they're on there. :)

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  18. This salad looks great and refreshing. I have not eaten cucumber for a while now. The challenge is to sustain the habit of eating healthy food. :)

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    1. Oh that surely is quite a challenge for me. I tend to lean towards sweets lately and I need to lean AWAY.

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  19. Great recipe! I don't really like plain cucumbers, but I think I'd love them in this sauce! I love using that salt trick. I salt my zucchini and eggplant too before cooking if I don't want them to be too soggy.

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    1. Oh I totally agree, I'm not a fan of plain cucumbers but cucumbers with salt on them taste delish!

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  20. This combines my three favorite foods onions, cucumbers and sour cream! So good and a somewhat lighter snack! Going to have to try this soon.

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  21. I love cucumber salad! It is one of my favorite things in the summer to eat - I usually add some tomatoes too. Yum!

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    1. Adding tomatoes would definitely be yummy. My kids aren't big fans of tomatoes so I don't use it too often.

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  22. Looks yummy! Great pictures. I bet this recipe would be great to take to a picnic. Makes me think of summer and spring.

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    1. I'm sure that it will. I would suggest making it and giving it a try.

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  23. We make something similar to this all of the time in the summer-but we don't put sour cream in it. Its always really great with our fresh garden veggies in the summer.

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    1. Give it a try with sour cream and come back and tell me how you like it.

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  24. This is a very cool recipie and this would be perfect for a potluck or get together. I usually make pasta salad and I will try this next.

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    1. OH I just love pasta salad but this one is just as easy to make. Give it a try and tell me if you like it.

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  25. Oh my gosh, I love cucumber!! I'll try this out this week!

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    1. I hope you were able to try it. Did you like it?

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  26. This sounds tasty! It sounds easy enough to make as well. The photos looks yummy.

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    1. Thank you Erica. It is easy and definitely yummy!

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  27. Cheers to pushing for a healthier lifestyle! Attagirl. I would love to try this ( because of the sour cream sauce ) except that I am allergic to cucumber. Gasp. But Im sure I'll be able to find an equally healthy substitute for it.

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    1. I'm not entirely sure what you can substitute cucumbers with but my best guess might be zucchini. You can try that and see.

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  28. There's a similar recipe in Indian cuisine as well. It has no vinegar or sugar. Instead of sour cream we add thick natural yoghurt and we also add coriander...

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    1. Oh that sounds really good. I think I'll give that a try next. Thank you.

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  29. I would cut the cucumbers into cubes and make it easier to eat as a salad! I have tasted something similar and love the taste...

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    1. Cutting them into cubes sure would make it easier to eat but cucumbers are already easy to eat so there really is no need. :)

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  30. Cucumber is one of the most refreshing ingredients you can use! It's definitely perfect for salads. Love the sour cream sauce. I'd love to copy this recipe!

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    1. Go right ahead and tell me how you like it. And you're right cucumbers are definitely refreshing.

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  31. That's a real simple and delicious tasting snack, suitable for potluck or side dish during dinner!
    Shall try them out tonight, by the way is it possible to swap the sour cream with pot set yogurt instead?

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    1. I'm sure you can swap out the sour cream for yogurt but I've never done so. Give it a shot and tell me all about it.

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  32. Interesting - and, from the looks of it, fresh - recipe. It reminded me of tzatziki - the Greek recipe (different, of course, but similar in a way. I'll try your recipe soon!

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  33. The Onion dip would really be an excellent mix with cucumber. This is easy to prepare, healthy and looks really delicious.

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    1. Onion dip? Do you mean the sour cream sauce? BTW yes it is all of the above.

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  34. I love a good cucumber salad! This sounds absolutely delicious! I am going to have to try it soon!

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    1. And if you do please tell us whether or not you liked it.

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  35. I would go for the cucumber and sour cream alone. I do not really like onions on salads.

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    1. A lot of people don't but I just love them. It gives it a kind of kick that won't be there if it isn't included. :)

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  36. I always love the way cucumber salad looks in pictures but I've yet to try it. I think it's time I give it a try!

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    1. I really think it's time you gave it a try. What are you waiting for?

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  37. This is easy to make and refreshing too. But I will not add onions coz I don't eat onions. I will go for cucumber and tomatoes salad.

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    1. And those two together I'm sure will taste just as good.

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  38. Oh this salad looks so refreshing. I will have to give it a try. I'm sure it's super delicious as well.

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    1. Oh you have no idea how delicious it is. You really should give it a try.

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  39. Great idea. I dont like eating cucumber but i liked it mixed to my water

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    1. And that is perfectly ok, there is nothing at all wrong with getting them that way.

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  40. Such a lovely and simple salad, Annmarie! I love the dressing you made with it as well. Thanks so much for sharing this on #SHINEbloghop this week! We're happy so happy you were able to join us!

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    1. You're very welcome Maria and I hope you were able to make it.

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  41. This sounds great, I bet my husband would absolutely love it!

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    1. I'm most certain he would if you made it.

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  42. Thank you for this healthy Cucumber & Onion Salad. I have been looking for a delicious healthy dish since I am now starting to eat clean.
    I found an almost the same dish at Indus Catering

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