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Betty’s Country Cucumbers

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Betty’s Country Cucumbers are a must-make spring and summer side dish. A classic cucumber and onion salad that is tangy, crisp, and offers a slight sweetness! Cucumber salad is great for cookouts, potlucks, or your weeknight dinner.

Betty’s Country Cucumbers is me tried and true recipe. I make them year-round, they are too good to save for summer only!

Cucumber Salad

I have a pretty amazing mother-in-law named Betty.  She is an adorable, happy-go, lucky lady. Always telling jokes and giggling.  She has treated us all to many delicious meals. Unfortunately, for us all, she claims that she is retired from cooking.  🙁 We all fight this as much as we can but she is putting up a good battle. My only hope was to try to duplicate some of her wonderful recipes.  

Betty’s Country Cucumbers

Betty’s Country Cucumbers

Betty’s country cucumbers is a family favorite.  It is a delicious cucumber vinegar recipe. My kids literally get excited when they see the Ziploc bag in the fridge with cucumbers marinating.  This recipe actually belonged to her father and it took her years to figure out the recipe. I am so grateful she did. You will be too!

Betty's Country Cucumbers

Cucumber and Onion Salad

This is an EASY recipe.  I love to whip this up along with my creamy coleslaw when we are having a BBQ.  

Can I Make Cucumber And Onion Salad in Advance

You definitely want to make these cucumbers in advance.  I usually make mine the day in advance, they can be made two days in advance if you like.  If you are tighter on time try to make them at least the morning of to allow enough time for the cucumbers to marinate.

How Long Will Cucumber and Onion Salad Last

Anywhere from 3-5 days. You will need to be the judge if you feel it is going bad. If so toss it out. Each day the salad will break down more becoming more tender.

Betty's Country Cucumbers

Do You Peel Cucumbers for Cucumber Salad

The choice is yours if you want to peel cucumbers or not. If you leave them on you get a chewy texture. If you opt to peel it is a softer texture.

How Do You Thinly Slice Cucumbers

My trick is to use a mandolin grater. It allows you to set how thin you want your Cucumbers and then you get an even cut.

I have found when the onions and cucumbers are the same size the flavor is more consistent. Of your veggies are different sizes you will have areas that taste more oniony and other areas not as broke down.

Best Vinegar for Cucumber and Onions

White distilled vinegar is what I use for my cucumber and onions. It works great at giving you that zing without choking you out by being too strong.

Betty's Country Cucumbers

What Onion to Use for Cucumber Salad

White or Red onion works just the same. If you have a preference on an onion reach for whatever you like best. The red offers a pretty color contrast but a lot of times I reach for white as a flavor preference.

Do You Have To Store Cucumber Salad in Bag

No! Feel free to use a storage container or glass container if you prefer. It is just how she made and stored her cucumber salad so I wanted to mimic her to try and capture her exact flavors.

Plus this is a strong salad, so if you use plastic you want to remember it might soak in some of the vinegar odor. Being in a bag helps you not to have a strong-smelling Tupperware later.

What to Serve Cucumbers and Onions With

We serve up this salad any and every way. It is versatile in what to pair with it and it goes with almost any main dish! Like I said above we make this year-round!

Betty’s Country Cucumbers

I am so thankful I have a recipe that mimics Betty’s Salad. While it always tastes best if she makes it, I sure come close to the perfection she has!

Betty’s Country Cucumbers

Betty’s Country Cucumbers
Yield: 6

Betty's Country Cucumbers

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 3 English Cucumbers, can also use 4 large cucumbers peeled and sliced thin
  • 1/2 Cup Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 TBSP Water
  • White or Red Onion, optional sliced thin
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Slice cucumbers nice and thin. I like to use a 4-sided grater to slice mine nice and quick. If using onions as well, slice those very thin. Place cucumbers and onions into a large ziploc bag.
  2. Betty’s Country Cucumbers
  3. Combine vinegar, sugar and water...mix well.
  4. Pour into the ziploc bag with the cucumbers and onions. Season with salt and pepper if you like.
  5. Seal ziploc bag and make sure its has a nice tight seal. With your hands slowly work the bag so that the liquid mixes into the cucumbers well. Lay the bag in your refrigerator and turn bag every few hours or so giving the liquid a chance to marinate every bit of your cucumbers.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 65Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g

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Jami Sue Brandt

Wednesday 15th of June 2022

I made this Summer before last & my hubby loved it!…me too! Last Summer we were in an rv waiting for the completion of our home…so no cucumbers. I have them marinating in the fridge right now…yummo! I have a meal of good ole pork chops, new potatoes, etc. where they will be the star of the show. This time I left the skin on and used a red onion. Also I used my slicing blade on my processor…very thin. Thank you for posting this…for our family it is now a Summer tradition!

Dee Dee Pisano

Monday 4th of January 2021

My Czech Grandmother made this too but after thinly slicing the cucumbers, she would lay them out on a towel and salt them and after an hour or so she would wring out the juice from the towel. This salting made the cucumbers limp.


Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

Love this recipe ...make it with sour cream and onions...also with the vinegar love them both....


Friday 3rd of August 2018

I add dill to this recipe and it gives it a nice fresh flavor.


Thursday 2nd of August 2018

I have been making these for three years now, and they are a favorite in my households - I make a bag a week in the summer when the cucumbers are growing like crazy. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!

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