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How To Make a Frugal Cucumber Salad

When I grow pickles in the garden, I always have to make a cucumber salad with my first batch. I love adding cucumbers to my salads, water, and sandwiches.

My favorite is always this frugal cucumber salad recipe though.

I always eat this cucumber salad when my cukes are coming in like crazy. It’s one of my favorite easy things to grow in the garden.

You can use any type of cucumber you have ready from the garden or whatever was on sale at your local grocery store. If you are curious though, here is a list of some of the best known cucumbers for salads.

How To Make a Frugal Cucumber Salad

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How To Make a Frugal Cucumber Salad

If you aren’t growing cucumbers in your garden, they are typically in season from May-August depending on your growing region. Buying produce in season is a smart way to save money on your grocery bill.

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Yield: 8 servings

Frugal Cucumber Salad Recipe

cucumber salad recipe

Introducing the Frugal Cucumber Salad – a delightful, budget-friendly dish that captures the essence of summer with minimal ingredients! Made with fresh cucumbers, a zesty dressing, and a few simple add-ins, this salad is the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather without splurging on expensive ingredients. Light, refreshing, and bursting with flavor, this cucumber salad will quickly become your go-to recipe for sunny days, picnics, and potlucks.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes


  • 1 small onion chopped ( red or white)
  • 2-3 Cucumbers
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3-1/2 cup mayo


  1. Peel and slice your cucumbers ( if you like the skin leave it on, my kids won't eat it)
  2. Place your cucumbers in a bowl and sprinkle the salt over the cukes to let them sweat for 10 mins or so
  3. Whisk up your sugar, vinegar, and mayo.
  4. Pour the mixture over your cucumbers and let chill for a couple of hours before serving.


You can add in whatever else to your liking. Others have mentioned they like adding fresh dill.

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