close up of cucumber salad in a black bowl

simple cucumber salad

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American


Simple healthy cucumber salad with chives and rice vinegar. Very easy to make and only 19 calories per serving. Fat-free, vegan and gluten-free.



  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives, optional
  • 6 cups sliced cucumbers


  1. Whisk vinegar, sugar and salt in a bowl. Stir in chives if using.
  2. Add cucumbers and toss to coat with the dressing.


If you have a thin skinned variety of cucumber, such as European or Lebanese, you do not need to peel them before slicing. If you have regular “garden” cucumbers, you can either peel them, or remove strips of the peel off with a vegetable peeler. This will result in a more pleasant and tender texture.

If you prefer to use another vinegar, I would recommend red wine vinegar.

You can omit the sugar if you are sugar free.

If you would prefer to add oil to this, use 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil.

This recipe does not keep well because the cucumbers become soft and let off their water. I recommend serving right away.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup each
  • Calories: 19
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 1 g

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