Gifts from the Kitchen, Cool Cucumber Salad

This easy peasy recipe would make a great little gift for your hostess, a healthy treat , and something they could add to the buffet or tuck in their fridge and enjoy later

gift in a jar

A jar with a cute ribbon and tag will make the recipient  feel very special


This is so quick to make, you will have plenty of time to decorate the jar!


Slice the onions and cucumbers and toss them in a bowl and season


Bring vinegar and sugar to a boil then ice it down quickly with a handful of cubes


Put vegetables in a quart jar and pour in the vinegar mix


I like to use “English” cucumbers, the long skinny ones that are wrapped in plastic.  This helps them retain moisture without being waxed, and the skin is much softer so you don’t have to peel them. The seeds are much smaller too, and they are often referred to as seedless.


I have seen them called European cucumbers and Japanese cucumbers.  They are also much easier to digest


You can serve this Cool Cucumber Salad like a relish, on a sandwich or a burger, on a bed of greens


or tossed into a large green salad

cucumber salad jar

This salad would be great for a picnic take along or your next backyard BBQ too!

Cool Cucumber Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill time 2 hours
Course condiment, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 5


  • 1 quart jar


  • 1 English or European Cucumber
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  • Wash cucumber and cut into thin slices.
  • Slice onion and cut slices into 1/4s.
  • Place onion and cucumber into a bowl with salt and pepper. Toss with your fingers to distribute seasoning.
  • Heat vinegar and sugar in a sauce pan. Remove from heat when it starts to boil and add a handful of ice cubes.
  • Place cucumbers and onions into the jar and pour vinegar mix over all.
  • Cap and place in refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Keeps 1-2 weeks
Keyword cucumber salad, cucumbers, pickled cucumbers

Thanks so much for stopping by~

Don’t forget that cupcake papers make perfect covers for jar lids!  A mini paper fits perfectly, just flatten it out as much as possible.  Tie on a hand lettered tag with some ribbon or twine and add a fun surprise!

cucumber salad jar

Now that I think about it, radishes would be great in this salad too!!


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11 Responses to “Gifts from the Kitchen, Cool Cucumber Salad”
  1. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Quick pickles are always a favorite here! Lovin’ your cute carrot placemat:@)

  2. Mary says:

    My FIL always made refrigerator pickles from his garden Jenna. Your decorated jar is too darn cute 🙂

  3. Emily says:

    This looks so easy and yummy. I make a similar salad but this is a little different and I like it better. Thanks, it will be on my table often for summer………………Love your presentation.

  4. fairhopesupplyco says:

    I keep a jar of this salad in my refrigerator all summer long!
    Your arrangements are always so pretty!

  5. Angie says:

    I’m visiting your lovely blog from the Four Seasons blog hop & I’m now following you on Bloglovin.

  6. How clever! I absolutely love this. Pinning!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I make this for my husband all the time but he hates those Tupperware bowls. Thanks for the idea of putting it in a jar, so much more appetizing and easy to take places.

  8. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Jenna,
    What a lovely presentation for your Cool Cucumber Salad, this is fantastic! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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