Cool Cucumber Salad

In Vancouver, we get about one month of summer each year. We spend our June-uary days in sweaters and jackets; I’ve even attended an early July fireworks celebration wearing a down vest and toque.

Just so you know, it’s not like this in all of Canada. We don’t live on ice floes with the polar bears. Many parts of the country, including other cities in British Columbia, have lovely, sweltering summers.

When summer finally arrives here, it’s glorious – except no one has air conditioning. And I live on the second floor, where it becomes unbearably hot and airless. That means I avoid my oven like the plague and rely on refreshing salads like this one.

This cucumber salad is light and cooling, plus it only takes a few minutes to prepare, so I can spend more time languishing in the shade trying to beat the heat.

How often do you use your oven in the summertime?

Cool Cucumber Salad
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gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, five ingredients or less
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 1-2
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onion
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • salt to taste
  1. Using a spiral slicer, mandolin or a sharp knife, cut the cucumber into very thin slices and toss them into a small bowl.
  2. Add the green onion to the bowl, then drizzle the vinegar and maple syrup over the cucumber. Mix well, then sprinkle with salt.
  3. Taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  4. Serves two as a side dish, one as a main.


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8 Responses to Cool Cucumber Salad

  1. the Jilb July 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    This looks so good, and perfect for summer!

  2. Little Sis July 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    Looks lovely and fresh. Just the ticket after the hideous heat we’ve been having. I’m very jealous of the idea of wearing a vest in July.

  3. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy July 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Are you northern BC then? We always think of BC as the warm province..

    I’m going to try this one when the cucumbers are ripe. I make a salad using cucs, sour cream, a tiny bit of vinegar, salt and pepper and fresh cut dill. This one sounds like a nice change..

    • Sondi Bruner July 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

      Nope, Southern BC – in Vancouver!

      • Heidi @ lightlycrunchy July 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

        Geez.. Id heard it was cold out there this winter – but still, a toque in July seems extreme. It was in the 40s in Ontario last week..

  4. Vinny Grette July 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    Cucumbers can do so many things besides taste good. It even removes ink from paper and crayon from walls! Google it – amazing!

    • Sondi Bruner July 9, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

      Interesting! Good to know if my walls ever get marked up.

  5. whaleshark July 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    Yeah! I love this. I always do this, I love cucumber with vinegar. This is perfect even it is not summer.