Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cucumber Salad Recipe

Memorial Day is a day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. For some interesting history on Memorial Day, read here. Some ideas on how to commemorate Memorial Day can be found here. The Memorial Day Foundation increases awareness and respect for Memorial Day.

In addition to parades, cemetery visits, Religious Services, Memorial Day weekend usually includes a barbecue or picnic. What to serve or bring? I can assist with a recipe for a summertime favorite: Cucumber Salad.

In 1989, when I knew that my mother and sister were organizing my bridal shower (although the date and location remained a surprise), I had one request: to ask each guest to bring a copy of her favorite recipe.

The one I'm posting came from Yvonne Ford, a long-time family friend. I of course shared the recipe with my mother, and we've both been making it ever since. The photo of the salad I made today is double the recipe below. I tend to use less red onion, too.

Two things: it's probably best to use a food processor if you have one, and refrigerate the salad overnight.

Yvonne Ford's Cucumber Salad
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 medium cucumbers
  • 1 red onion
  • chives
Heat the first four ingredients until dissolved. Cool.

Thinly slice cucumbers and onion (a food processor is great for this) and alternate slices in a bowl or dish that can be covered.

Pour mixture over cukes and onion. Sprinkle with chives. Refrigerate overnight. Serves six.

Do you have a favorite summertime recipe? Feel free to share if you like! Let me know if you try this out, I'd love to hear your opinion.

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend.


  1. Some fine suggestions for this particular weekend, Kathleen. Thanks for this.

  2. My pleasure, le0pard13! Hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend. Thanks for stopping by!