Cucumbers & Onions in Vinegar

Fran Miller


This super-quick side dish is found on many supper tables in my beloved West Virginia throughout the summer and it will taste a little different on each one based on how "Grandma did it." We all know that Grandma was ALWAYS the best cook, therefore HER way is always right. Yes, you can make it anytime these days, but those homegrown summer cucumbers are the best, you know? C'mon, Summer! =^..^=


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5 Min
No-Cook or Other


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  • some
    cucumbers, sliced
  • some
    onion, sliced into thin rings
  • some
    apple cider vinegar
  • some
  • some
    white sugar or sweetener, optional
  • some
    salt & pepper

  • some
    white vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar

How to Make Cucumbers & Onions in Vinegar


  1. Yes, the amounts are vague because it just depends on how much you want to make. You will want to taste along the way until you find the exact "taste" your family will enjoy. This is how I do it.
  2. Slice cucumbers and onion in a bowl. For 4 people, I would use 1-2 cucumbers and maybe 1/4 of a medium onion. For my family, I cut the onion rings into half.
  3. Pour apple cider vinegar over the cucumbers and onions. I use about 1/3 cup to start.
  4. Then I add a splash of water, about 1/6 of a cup, or half of the amount of vinegar.
  5. This next step is totally CONTROVERSIAL in West Virginia, so I hesitate to start another Civil War and divide the state, but I sprinkle in a little sugar, maybe a Tablespoon.
  6. Stir together and add salt & pepper, to taste. You can serve it immediately or cover the bowl and let it "set" in the refrigerator for a half hour or so. Mom always made it first, then fixed dinner while the cucumbers soaked up the deliciousness in the fridge. Serve with every summer dinner and make more wonderful food memories with your family. =^..^=

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