As Donny and Marie Osmond would sing, “I’m a little bit country and I’m a little bit rock and roll!” Today I’m going to teach you how to make a country side dish that is a family favorite and we will leave the rock and roll for another time.

The origin of this vegetable dish goes way back and I don’t even have a guess of how it all started. I’m sure it was probably by accident like so many other recipe beginnings. Anyway, it is SUPER easy and I mean SUPER, SUPER easy. Now that Alyssa gets in the kitchen to cook, I have discovered that she still needs some of the basic recipes that we have eaten for years spelled out to her in plain English.

Cucumbers In Vinegar

This recipe is not an exact science and sometimes has a couple variations, but I’m going to show you the most simple of all the recipes. First thing you need to do is get a container that will hold all the cucumbers, a cutting board, a vegetable peeler and cucumbers. I chose one long English cucumber. At my grocery store, the English cucumbers are always wrapped in clear plastic wrap.

cucumbers unpeeled in vinegar

In the past I always peeled vegetables with a knife, but have since found that I can get a closer cut with the vegetable peeler and less waste. So peel the cucumbers with a vegetable peeler and cut the peeled cucumber into slices. Whether the slices are fat or super thin is up to you. I like the slices relatively fat so that there can still be a slight crunch to each bite. Put the slices of cucumbers into the bowl. Of course, if you like the outer cucumber skin, you don’t have to peel it.

cucumbers peeled in vinegar

At this point you can add the vinegar and salt to the cucumbers in the bowl.

cucumbers peeled add salt

To give it a little kick, add some pepper too.

cucumbers peeled add pepper

If necessary, add more apple cider vinegar to ensure that all the cucumbers are covered with the vinegar.

cucumbers peeled add vinegar

Let the cucumbers soak in the apple cider vinegar for at least an hour.

cucumbers in vinegar soaking

The vinegar soaked cucumbers are great alone as a side dish or you can add them to a salad or sandwich. No matter how you eat them, they are delicious!

Vegetable Side Dish – Cucumbers In Vinegar


1 English cucumber or 2 regular cucumbers
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon pepper
2 cups of apple cider vinegar


Wash the cucumbers. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the cucumbers and cut the peeled cucumber into fat or thin slices depending on your preference. Put the slices of cucumbers into a bowl. Of course, if you like the outer cucumber skin, you don’t have to peel it. Add the cucumbers and vinegar to the bowl. Add salt and pepper. If necessary, add more apple cider vinegar to ensure that all the cucumbers are covered with the vinegar. Let the cucumbers soak in the apple cider vinegar for at least an hour.

Serve alone or on a salad or sandwich.

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1 Joan May 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I have an English cucumber in my refrigerator and I was going to cut it into a salad, but this recipe sounds so delicious and is so easy that I am going to do it right now! 🙂


2 Sherry Riter May 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Good! They are great on top of a salad! 😀


3 teresa1944 May 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm

What happened to the onions? Yum, did you say some pepper? lol I love these in a sand wich but even better in a hot biscuit. I remember someone who use to get in to trouble drinking the vinegar? Do you remember her? lol


4 Sherry Riter May 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Nope. No onions. And I LIKE pepper! LOL Yeah, I was talking about the vinegar thing on Twitter and everyone was telling me how great it is for us. All kinds of natural tips of reasons to consume vinegar!!!! See, I was right even when I was ignorant! LOL


5 Skip_D May 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm

one version in my family does include sliced onions… yum!


6 Skip_D May 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm

ohhhh… I often drink the vinegar too! 😛


7 Sherry Riter May 20, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Yay!!!!!!!!!! LOL


8 Sherry Riter May 20, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Yes, my mother ALWAYS adds onions!!!


9 @MatchesMalone May 19, 2013 at 6:36 am

What would happen if you used cayenne pepper instead?


10 Sherry Riter May 20, 2013 at 8:25 pm

LOL It would hot!!! 😛


11 Philip Bond May 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Yum, I’m over for dinner


12 Sherry Riter May 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm



13 Skip_D May 18, 2013 at 8:39 pm

that always was one of our family favorites too, & we’re definitely not country!!! 😀 my mom’s family were Alsacian, so the cuisine was Germano-Frankish – & the exact same cucumber salad goes way back in that tradition… it’s also a big tradition on my Swedish side, called gurksalad – which, strangely enough, means cucumber salad (remember the related English word gherkin?)

it’s a superb hot weather treat… enjoy!!! 😀


14 Sherry Riter May 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Cool! Very interesting!!!!! Thanks!!! 😀


15 Dave August 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Yum. I stumbled across this page, in fact, while in the middle of devouring an entire bowl of this. My grandmother used to have a bowl of this always on the table during summer, when there were cucumbers in the garden. They would sit out all day and, when done, she would just toss another cucumber in the vinegar (until somebody got caught drinking it).

Ours always had some red onion, a sprig of dill, a couple of cloves of smashed garlic, and maybe a couple of slices of jalapeno.

It’s a simple and very satisfying bit of nostalgia.


16 Sherry Riter August 5, 2013 at 8:36 pm

🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, Dave. So many memories come flooding back to me too with this recipe. Of course, I think I was ALWAYS caught drinking the vinegar and I don’t remember anyone else EVER getting caught! LOL


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