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simple cucumber salad with banana peppers

Finally, something other than rainbow chard is coming out of the garden.  It started with the three pickling cucumbers below and hopefully will not end anytime soon.

We eat a side salad almost every night with dinner.  I make a simple balsamic, apple cider vinegar, hemp oil dressing with salt + pepper.  Nothing fancy.  I just pour a little of each overtop each bowl.  It’s been a favorite for a few years now. 

The type of greens and toppings are rotated each week but sometimes we both need a change of pace. 

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A crispy, fresh cucumber salad was the exactly what we were looking for.

Summery + flavorful. 

simple cucumber salad | edible perspective

You typically see cucumber salads mixed with dill.

Unfortunately, I have no fresh herbs on hand this summer.  Major error on my behalf.  I got lazy.

Instead, I used onion + garlic as the main flavoring agents.  I picked up the banana peppers at the market on Saturday and they add a peppery—but not spicy--contrast to the cucumber.  The vinegar provides tanginess and the honey adds a touch of sweetness.

simple cucumber salad | edible perspective

simple cucumber salad | edible perspective

Print this!

Simple Cucumber Salad with Banana Peppers [yields 3-4 side portions]

  • 3 pickling cucumbers or 1.5 slicing cucumbers, sliced thinly
  • 2 banana peppers, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1.5 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • goat cheese or feta [optional]
  1. Place the cucumbers, banana peppers, and red onion in a large sealable container.
  2. Whisk together the vinegar, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper and pour overtop the vegetables.
  3. Mix well, close the container, and let marinade in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving.  Stir/toss 2-3 times while marinating so the flavors blend.  Flavors will enhance the longer it sits.
  4. Serve and top with goat cheese or feta if desired and more salt + pepper if needed.
  5. Refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 week.

simple cucumber salad | edible perspective

For dinner I decided to top our salads with goat cheese, which I now highly recommend.

It really helped to tie all of the flavors together.  Feta would also work!

[iPhone capture]

simple cucumber salad | edible perspective

I definitely could have eaten the whole recipe alongside avocado toast + fruit for a very satisfying lunch.

This would also make a simple side dish to bring to a cookout!  Say…for Labor Day maybe?  Just be sure to make extra as this recipe only makes a few small servings.

Here’s to a super productive week!


Reader Comments (16)

I love this kindof salad! It's a staple in my family. I'm thoroughly enjoying reading about your doughnut adventures by the way :) Glad you're having fun with it!
August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren T
Simple, tasty salads like this are the best! It's such a nice change after a few days of green salads. Hooray!
August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
Sounds great! I love the added tang of the banana peppers!
August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
Where is the donut in this recipe?? :-) tee hee hee. Sounds yum! By the end of every summer I think I'm going to turn into a pickling cuke! I eat em as is like a piece of fruit! So refreshing!
August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrisha
I've been loving these flavors this summer! My garden has been producing a ridiculous amount of pickling cucumbers and banana peppers regardless of the drought, so I will definitely be making this in the near future! Have a great week, Ashley!
August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
yum, this looks so good! Cucumbers are one of my favorite veggies, so this is definitly my kind of salad!
August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
simple and lovely!
August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen @ Savory Simple
beautiful pictures and I love the simple yet delicious sounding dish! this should be a nice contrast to the donuts :)
August 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlauren@thetalkingkitchen
I need to make this round 2 of our 'hurry-use-the-cucumbers-before-they-go-bad' salad.
August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Hii Ashley!!!
Wanted to tell u I still keep reading (following) you and your amazing blog!!! Love yous pics and recipes...
Big hug from Colombia!
August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlejandra
I love how deliciously simple this salad is. What a perfect lunch.
August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRussell van Kraayenburg
YUM! Why I have never thought to incorporate banana peppers into a light and crisp salad like this is beyond me. It might also be due to the fact that I normally just eat the banana peppers before thinking about combining them with anything else.
Just looking at banana peppers instantly makes my mouth water. Not kidding at all- I don't know what it is- like some crazy chemical reaction. It happens every time (and just did!). Definitely making this!
simple and fresh...beautiful salad. yum
September 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterswati
This recipe looks delicious! It's such a great idea to take to a gathering. It looks so refreshing on a hot day too. Even a salad sometimes can be heavy and this one is far from. Have you tried adding any other ingredients to it to change it up a bit? Thanks for sharing! This just may have to be my next family barbeque go to dish!
September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKali
@Kali - I haven't experimented beyond the ingredients I used in this recipe. I'm sure there are many other things you could add!
September 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley

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