Marinated Cucumbers

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + marinating


12 servings

Updated: Sep. 15, 2023
These marinated cucumbers make a cool summer side dish dressed in a light, tangy vinegar and oil mixture seasoned with herbs. The refreshing salad is always a hit when served with cold sandwiches or grilled meat. -Mary Helen Hinson, Lamberton, North Carolina
Marinated Cucumbers Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 6 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cucumbers and onion. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the remaining ingredients; cover and shake well. Pour over cucumber mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Marinated Cucumbers Tips

Can you use peeled cucumbers?

Some cucumber peels taste bitter, so feel free to peel the cucumbers before making marinated cucumbers. If you want to leave on some peel for color, you can peel stripes down the cucumber, removing the majority of the bitter peel. They'll remain structurally intact and look great in this or other cucumber salads.

What else can you add to marinated cucumbers?

This marinated cucumber dish is really simple, so you don’t need to add many extra ingredients. Feel free to play around with the herbs and spices or use different types of onion based on your preferences. For instance, sweet onions have a mild flavor and a touch of sweetness, and red onions bring a peppery flavor.

What do you serve with marinated cucumbers?

Marinated cucumbers are one of our favorite summer side dishes. They are a refreshing addition to any grilled meat dish, especially anything with bold flavors, like chili-rubbed ribs, smoked pork butt or barbecued beef brisket.

How long will marinated cucumbers last?

Marinated cucumbers are best served the same day they’re made. They are good for about 3 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, but they lose their crispness over time.

Lindsay Mattison, Taste of Home Contributing Writer

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 48 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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