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Recipe: New York Deli Style Cucumber Salad

New York delis have wonderful salads…. The New York delis that I grew up with had a wide variety of all kinds of salads …. and one of my favorite is cucumber salad. It’s a really simple salad… but oh so good.

The sweet and sour flavor of the dressing just enhances the cucumbers and onion. It is a summer staple in our house….. it’s perfect for barbecues and picnics…. It goes with so many foods… an easy and quick salad to add to your menu.

I originally got the recipe from my friend Stephanie’s Mother when I was in college. I was at her house for a barbecue and sure enough there was the cucumber salad…. I asked her what deli she had gotten it from and that’s when I found out it was homemade… Steph’s Mom gladly shared her recipe with me… and I’ve made it ever since.

New York Deli Style Cucumber Salad Recipe

All you need:

3 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium to large onion, thinly sliced (sweet onion preferred)
2/3 cup white vinegar
2/3 cup water
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

All you need to do:

Place the cucumbers and onions in a large bowl. Mix well.

In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients and mix well.

Pour the vinegar water mixture over the cucumbers and onions and mix well.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least two hours.

Stir well before serving.


girlichef May 12, 2009 at 9:36 AM  

I am so excited that you've posted this recipe...my mom and I were just talking about cucumber salad and how much we love it! We used a different recipe, which was pretty good...but I definitely want to try yours! Yum.

Linda May 12, 2009 at 12:40 PM  

This recipe is pure New York Deli ... I hope you like it!

Michelle May 12, 2013 at 8:10 PM  

Da Hubster shared a childhood food memory with me the other day, he remembered his mother used to make some kind of really great cucumber salad. As he was speaking, I was thinking that sounded an awful lot like the cucumber salad found on every table in every single Jewish New York Deli..so I set out to find the recipe and find it I did. He made it for dinner tonight and declared THAT IS IT! it is a wonderful add to any meal!

Linda May 13, 2013 at 8:02 AM  

Right you are, Michelle! I miss the Jewish delis in NY.. we never seem to go to one when I visit my son...

I make this to go with BBQ ... and of course it's great with sandwiches...

Thanks for stopping by and I'm so glad you found exactly what you were looking for!

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