These Easy Vinegar Marinated Cucumbers are a light, refreshing, summertime side dish. Add regular or cherry tomatoes to make it a delicious cucumber salad!
Our mom would often make these vinegar marinated cucumbers when we were growing up. I love the crisp, cold cucumbers in the sweet and tangy vinegar dressing. They are a great, light side dish for BBQs or potlucks. You can serve immediately or store in the fridge to eat later (see notes below).
Sometime we like to bulk up these vinegar marinated cucumbers by making them into a cucumber salad. Our favorite way of doing this is by adding cherry tomatoes. If you don’t have cherry tomatoes, you can just use slices of tomatoes instead. We also like adding a splash of olive oil if serving as a salad. Sprinkle on a little pepper and you are good to go!
We have never tried this before, but we have seen others add sliced green bell pepper to the cucumber/onion mix. If you are a big fan of green bell pepper, give it a try! I am sure it is delicious and I have been meaning to try it. Also, the type of onion you use doesn’t really matter all that much. I like to use the red onion because it looks prettiest, but any kind of onion will do.
How to Store:
Sometimes we like to make this ahead of time to let the cucumbers marinate for even longer. When we do this, we will divide the cucumbers into a couple quart Mason jars and pour the vinegar mixture over the top instead of putting in Ziploc bags. This makes it easier for snacking right out of the jar and less prone to leaking in the fridge. If I am just making this for my family and not a crowd, I will usually go the jar route.
You can store these vinegar marinated cucumbers in your fridge in a jar or air-tight container for up to 3 days. Any longer than that and the cucumbers will lose their “crisp-ness”. There is also a slight risk for microbes forming after 3 days but I guess that goes for any food you keep in the fridge longer than a few days. Some people keep them in their fridge and continue to eat them for up to a week without any issues.
- 5 cucumbers
- 1 red onion
- 1 c. apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 c. sugar (or more to taste)
- 1/2 c. water
- 1 tsp salt
Peel and slice cucumbers into thin slices.
Cut onion in half and cut into very thin slices.
Combine onions and cucumbers in a large Ziploc bag.
In a separate, medium-sized bowl, combine remaining ingredients.
Stir until sugar dissolves.
Pour vinegar mixture over cucumbers and onions in the bag.
Press out as much air as you can and seal bag.
Refrigerate at least 20 minutes.
Before serving, drain liquid and place in a serving bowl to serve.
*see notes above for instructions on saving in refrigerator
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