Sweet and Sour Cucumber and Vidalia Onion Salad Recipe - This cucumber and Vidalia onion salad is light, refreshing, and perfect for springtime.
We Georgians are pretty darned proud of our agricultural products. Believe me.
Growing up as the daughter of a farmer in rural southern Georgia, I learned to have a deep appreciation for the amount of work and stress involved in getting a crop from farm to table.
When the harvest finally came about it was always a time of pride and thanksgiving. Pride in a job well done. Thanks that the rains came at the right time. Thanks that the insects didn't eat everything before it was gathered. And thanks that you simply had the physical stamina to see it through from start to finish.
That's why I so appreciate seeing Georgia products in my local grocery store. When I was shopping last week I saw several bundles of baby Vidalia onions. If you're wondering just what a Vidalia onion is, take a quick peek at this post from the past. It'll get you up to speed.
Even if you don't have the baby Vidalias in your grocery store, you can always make this recipe with the mature onions or any other sweet onion that you like. They all work just as well for this delicious and very refreshing Sweet and Sour Cucumber and Vidalia Onion Salad Recipe.
I just love the contrasting tastes in this recipe. The bite of the vinegar against the sweetness of the sugar and the crunch of the fresh cucumbers and onions. It's one that we enjoy again and again throughout the year. It's a great side dish for spring and summer dinners and is always a hit at picnics and pot-lucks.
How to Make my Sweet and Sour Cucumber and Vidalia Onion Salad
I like to use the Kirby type of cucumbers for my salad. But whatever cucumbers you might have on hand is fine, too. I think that the English hothouse type is a good substitute since they have nice thin skins and relatively few seeds.
Peel and thinly slice your cucumbers. Then thinly slice the Vidalia onions and grate the carrots. Toss the vegetables together in a medium bowl.
As I said earlier in this post, you can really use any kind of onions in this recipe. If baby Vidalias are out of season, feel free to use regular Vidalias or <gasp> Walla Walla onions. Any nice sweet onion is good here.
To tell you the truth, I've made this with thinly sliced red onions a couple of times and even though they have a stronger taste, it was still delicious in the end.
In a smaller bowl, combine the vinegar, sugar (sugar substitute works well, too!), dill, salt, and pepper. Mix that together and pour it over the veggies. No fresh dill? Substitute dried dill weed (2 teaspoons) instead.
Pour over the veggies and toss until everything is coated well. Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve later.
More Onion Recipes on Never Enough Thyme:
- Sour Cream and Onion Cornbread
- English Onion Soup
- Melange of Onions
- Green Beans with Bacon and Onions
- Cheesy Onion and Herb Bread
- Roasted Baby Vidalia Onions and Cherry Tomatoes
Vidalia Onion Recipes from Other Bloggers:
- Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip from The View From Great Island
- Vidalia Onion Tart with Bacon, Kale, and Feta from Rachel Cooks
- Tomato, Feta, and Vidalia Onion Salad from Garnish with Lemon
- Sweet Vidalia Onion and Bacon Packets from A Farm Girl's Dabbles
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Sweet and Sour Cucumber and Vidalia Onion Salad
- 4 peeled thinly sliced Kirby type cucumbers
- 2 cups thinly sliced baby Vidalia onions
- 2 carrots peeled and grated
- ½ cup white vinegar
- 2 tblsp. sugar or equal amount of sugar substitute
- 2 tblsp. chopped fresh dill
- ½ tsp. salt
- 5 grinds black pepper
- In a medium bowl, toss together the cucumbers, onions, and carrots.
- In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, stirring well. Pour over the cucumber-onion-carrot mixture and toss so that the vegetables are coated well.
- Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.
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Lana Stuart is the cook and occasional traveler here at Never Enough Thyme. Lana has been cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove and started this blog in 2009 to share her delicious home cooking recipes. You'll find about 700 recipes here so there's sure to be something your family will like!
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