Strawberry Cucumber Salad – Simple 10 Minute Side Dish

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This strawberry cucumber salad is sweet, crisp, tangy, and the perfect side for your summer barbecue. Plus it’s ready in 10 minutes!

With strawberries currently in season, this is a great recipe, because not only do the strawberries taste like perfectly juicy goodness but they are also cheap. Everything about this side dish is affordable. I love food that ends up under budget! That doesn’t always happen, especially with paleo.

The salad dressing makes use of the brine from my easy paleo pickled red onions. The vinegar brine from pickles can replace the use of vinegar when making salad dressings or vinegarettes, which is exactly what I did. The salty brine of pickle juice has so many uses and getting double use out of an ingredient makes you feel accomplished because you are creating less waste.

WHAT TOOLS YOU’LL NEED:

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • whisk
  • small bowl for mixing
  • large bowl for serving/storage
Strawberry Cucumber Salad

Let’s start with the salad dressing!

Whisk together two tablespoons brine from paleo pickled red onions*, two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, two tablespoons honey, and salt to taste, in a small bowl.

Now for the strawberry cucumber salad!

Combine one pound of strawberries (hulled and sliced), two medium diced cucumbers, and one cup pickled red onions in a large bowl. Pour salad dressing over salad and toss until evenly coated. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to four days. Easy!

 

*Paleo Pickled Red Onion Replacements

  • If you don’t want to make, or don’t already have, the pickled red onions, feel free to replace with half of a fresh red onion, thinly sliced.
  • For the dressing, instead of the brine from the pickled red onions, replace with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
Strawberry Cucumber Salad

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Strawberry Cucumber Salad - Simple 10 Minute Side Dish
Prep Time
10 mins
 
This strawberry cucumber salad is sweet, crisp, tangy, and the perfect side for your summer barbecue.
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: paleo, vegetarian
Author: Erin Higgs
Ingredients
Salad Dressing
Salad
Instructions
Salad Dressing
  1. Whisk brine, olive oil, honey, and salt in a small bowl.

Salad
  1. Combine strawberries, cucumbers, and pickled red onions in a large bowl.

  2. Pour salad dressing over salad and toss until evenly coated.

  3. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Recipe Notes

*Paleo Pickled Red Onion Replacements

 

  • If you don't want to make, or don't already have, the pickled red onions, feel free to replace with half of a fresh red onion, thinly sliced.

 

  • For the dressing, instead of the brine from the pickled red onions, replace with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.

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  • […] I cannot eat raw onions due to a food intolerance, but luckily, I can enjoy them cooked or pickled. Cooked onions don’t quite have the same punch as raw onions, but pickled onions do. This tangy and delightful condiment is a great addition to a salad, eggs, tacos, burgers, and more. Looking for a specific recipe with these pickled onions? Check out my strawberry cucumber salad. […]

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