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Prep Time:
5 Minutes
Marinade Time:
15 Minutes

Cucumber Salad

with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Posted on by Andrea Alden
Cucumber Salad
Serves 4
Prep Time:
Marinade Time: 15 Minutes
My fantastic grandmother served this salad one evening with dinner. Cucumber Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette is supremely light, and packs a flavor punch that you are not expecting. Adding the onion and carrots elevates this side from possibly pickles to positively divine. It is unexpected and fresh. It would make a great topping for a turkey or veggie burger, or perfect for pretty much any meal where you need a quick and light side. 
Serve it cold
Serve it cold
It's so delicious
It's so delicious
All fancy, no work
All fancy, no work

Cucumber Salad

Serves: 4       Total Time: 20 Minutes


  • 1 large cucumber
  • ½ small onion
  • 1 small carrot


  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • to taste, salt and coarsely ground black pepper


Step 1
Thinly slice the cucumber, onion, and carrots in to rounds that are 1/8-inch or less – but not see through.
Step 2
In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper.
Step 3
Drizzle the cucumber, onion, and carrots with the balsamic dressing. Toss, then let it marinate in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before serving with dinner.
Cucumber Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette is super simple, and tastes like a million bucks. I really enjoy this side dish. You can dress it up or dress it down, depending on what you want to serve with it. The best part? You can throw it together right before leaving for a potluck without anyone batting an eye that it was last minute. What’s your favorite salad? Leave a comment! 

Happy Grilling!

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