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We’ve had a pretty mild summer, here in Iowa. Normally at this time of year, we’re well into the lower 100′s for WEEKS at a time! Finally, a couple of weeks ago, summer started to heat up. I’m not complaining about the cool weather, but it was severely screwing up our garden. We have a few 10×4 ft beds, and I’ve been eagerly waiting for all my veggies to come in. Once the heat showed up, we went from nothing to THIS:

Fresh from the garden, a Spiralized Summer Vinaigrette Cucumber Salad, via @FitandFreeEmily! FINALLY, something to do with all those cucumbers besides pickles!



As you can see from that bottom picture, we are swimming in cucumbers. Besides making a million jars of pickles (we’re well on our way, trust me), there’s not a ton you can do with cucumbers. Zucchini (just as abundant, if not more) you can at least throw into just about any savory dish and into a lot of different baked goods.

Solution? a Summer Vinaigrette Cucumber Salad! 


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Fresh from the garden, a Spiralized Summer Vinaigrette Cucumber Salad, via @FitandFreeEmily! FINALLY, something to do with all those cucumbers besides pickles!


My hubs (and his family) has been making this recipe for as long as I’ve known him! It’s fresh, light, tangy, and perfect served SUPER cold. It’s the perfect summer side-dish – I love that it’s not LOADED down with mayo, like some other popular summer bbq dishes! We normally just slice the cucumber into coins, but since I’m now obsessed with my spiralizer… well, here we are. :)

Spiralized Summer Vinaigrette Cucumber Salad

A quick and easy way to use all those garden cucumbers! This salad is light, simple, and a crowd-pleaser for  summer picnic potlucks.


- 2 large cucumbers, spiralized or cut into thin coins
- 1/8 cup red onion, sliced as thin as you can
- 1 tbl sugar or sugar substitute
- 1-2 tbl apple cider vinegar (Enough to dissolve your choice of sweetener.) 
- 1/2 cup mayo
- 1/4 tsp celery seed
- 1/4 tsp dill weed


- Wash and spiralize/slice veggies. Set aside.
- In a bowl or dish (preferably one that has a lid). Combine sugar and apple cider vinegar, whisking until sugar has been dissolved.
- Whisk in remaining sauce ingredients: mayo, celery seed, and dill weed.
- Fold in cucumbers and onion, making sure to coat everything.
- Snap on lid, give a few good shakes to continue coating the veggies, and store in fridge for at least 1 hour. Overnight is even better!


Easy peasy, right? :) I loved the texture that spiralizing the cucumbers gave to this salad – it was almost like eating a cold pasta dish.

What about you? Do you have any cucumber recipes I should try? 




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