These are a Southern classic right here! Well, I say that they are. They may be an “everywhere” classic but I call them Southern because I’m from the South and my family has been eating this recipe for as long as I can remember. Cucumbers are one of those vegetables that are super easy to grow so there is always an abundance of them in a garden. And it’s not unusual for that person with the garden to share said cucumbers with everyone they know, because the plants produce so many. So this is a quick throw-together recipe to use up the abundance of cucumbers that you have on hand (if you’re lucky enough to have one of those nice neighbors of family members that shares). Although the gardening time of year is drawing to an end, you can always make this with store bought cucumbers.
This is one of my mom’s personal favorite recipes so she always has some on hand. She says to add sugar, to taste, but there is a note on the recipe that says, “I like mine sweet!!” Goodness I love that lady!
Mom’s Cucumber & Onion Salad
2 cups sliced cucumbers
1 onion, sliced
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 – 1 cup sugar
salt & pepper, to taste
*celery seed, to taste, optional
In a medium mixing bowl, mix the vinegar and sugar (more or less depending on your taste preference) together until well combined. Add the sliced vegetables; add salt & pepper, to taste. Let the mixture sit on the kitchen counter for a few minutes and then place in the refrigerator to store. Once all of the vegetables are gone, you can simply continue adding more vegetables to the vinegar and sugar mixture.
*Note: My mom says the recipe she has calls for this ingredient but she always leaves it out.