Quick and easy, cold and crisp, Mom’s marinated cucumbers in vinaigrette provide a sweet crunch to salads, and are just as good eaten right out of the bowl!
When I was growing up, my Mom occasionally made batches of marinated cucumbers. We either could add them to a green salad, OR (as she preferred to do), eat them… crispy and cold, right out of the container with a fork! Since I’ve been growing lots of cucumbers in our garden this year, it’s a perfect way to use some of our abundance.
This amazing little side dish is totally easy to prepare. Basically you mix up the marinade, slice up cucumbers, chop some red onion, mix it all together, then refrigerate for several hours so that the flavors come together beautifully!
That’s it! See how easy it is to make Mom’s marinated cucumbers? And these cucumbers are crisp, slightly sweet, and delicious! I’m glad to have so many from our little backyard garden!
Making Mom’s Marinated Cucumbers
To make mom’s marinated cucumbers, first peel and slice the cucumbers, then put them in a container that has a lid. Finely chop some red onion, and add to the cucumbers. This step only takes a few minutes.
Mix the marinade ingredients in a small bowl until sugar dissolves. This takes about a minute to prepare.
Pour the marinade on top of the cucumbers, then stir well to combine.
Refrigerate, Then Enjoy Mom’s Marinated Cucumbers!
Cover the container and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours, stirring a couple of times to make sure cucumber slices are covered. When ready to serve, or gobble up, remove from refrigerator and go for it!
They are tasty right out of the container OR served on a crisp, green salad! They are GOOD!!!! Bet ya can’t eat just one of these!
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Recipe Source: My Mom
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon (each) Salt & Pepper , to taste (guessing I would say about 1/4 teaspoon each)
- 3 large large cucumbers , peeled and sliced
- 1/4 medium medium red onion , finely chopped
Peel and slice cucumbers; place in a container that has a lid. Finely chop red onion; add to cucumbers.
Whisk together the oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper until sugar is dissolved. Pour marinade over the cucumbers. Stir well to combine. Cover and refrigerate cucumbers for at least 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally. Enjoy.
Please note: The 10 minute prep time is "active" prep time. I did not include the 3-4 hours "inactive" refrigeration time necessary for all flavors to permeate and come together. Please plan accordingly.
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My mom also made these cukes but she let them stand overnight laying them with onion and then added water and vinegar – no oil. Very yummy!
Hi, Judy! Those sound good, as well! Isn’t it funny how we have such strong memories of our Mom’s recipes, and how we tend to carry on their heritage? Thanks for taking the time to comment!