This Paleo Cucumber Salad is a bright and vibrant party for your taste buds. It’s not super fancy or revolutionary, but it’s delicious, and I’ll take that any day over complicated. I like to keep a list of fast and easy Paleo appetizers and Paleo sides on hand, and this recipe fits the bill.
Refreshing and crispy with that perfect bite of tangy and slightly sweet, this fantastic bowl of goodness is my latest obsession. Years ago, my family had a big garden that produced plenty of fresh veggies every summer.
I have many fond memories of my Granny making pickled cucumbers every year, and this recipe brings those back to remembrance! I’ve taken the best of her recipe and added a touch of creaminess to kick it up a notch, giving it that just-right flavor you’re craving.
Easy Recipe how-to:
You know I’m not about making food difficult, so it makes sense that stupid easy Paleo recipes are my favorite. It’s a little embarrassing how easy these creamed cucumbers are, however, the flavor is BIG. You’ll get a satisfying return on your 5-minute investment here, guaranteed!
Before we go further, let me quickly address Paleo sweeteners. You might be wondering, is coconut sugar Paleo? The answer is yes, it is, and that’s my sweetener of choice for this recipe. It has a similar consistency to table sugar but is healthier and natural.
Also, in making this cucumber salad with mayo, make sure that your mayonnaise of choice is compliant. I have a wonderful Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe that checks that box nicely!There are many cucumber salad variations, and I understand not everyone loves onions, so I’ve come up with some alternative substitutions in case onions aren’t your thing.
Thinly sliced radishes add a lovely touch of color, satisfying crunch, and crisp flavor punch, as does watercress. Sliced tomatoes lend another great eye-catching, mouth-watering appeal for a delightful summer touch.
Another great question I have received is how to store this lovely Paleo appetizer. The best scenario is to make and serve this salad immediately for maximum cucumber crispness. However, in the unlikely event that you find yourself with leftovers, they can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
OTHER PALEO APPETIZERS YOU’LL LOVE:
Paleo Cucumber Salad
This refreshing Paleo Cucumber Salad is dairy-free, creamy, and delicious. It comes together in only 5 minutes, making it the most fabulous next addition to your Paleo appetizers and Paleo side dishes!
- 1 large English cucumber (about 2 cups worth, once sliced)
- 1/2 small Italian sweet red onion sliced thin into rounds
- 1/3 cup paleo mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp dried dill
- 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
Wash the cucumber, removing the ends and using a vegetable peeler to remove some of the peeling at intervals, creating "stripes" on the cucumber.
Slice the cucumber on the diagonal and set aside.
Remove the skin from the onion along with both ends.
Slice half of the onion into thin rounds and set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the mayo, vinegar, coconut sugar, salt, dill, and pepper. Stir well to combine.
Add the sliced cucumber and onion to the sauce in the bowl, toss well to combine, and serve immediately or cover and chill in the fridge.
This recipe will stay fresh covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Keto/Low Carb tip: Swap the coconut sugar out for Splenda or your favorite low carb sweetner and you'll have a delicious, low carb/Keto friendly appetizer!