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Cucumber salad with lime and cilantro

This easy and refreshing cucumber salad recipe is prepared with sliced cucumbers and red onions marinated with a lime cilantro dressing.  

Cucumber salad with red onions, lime and cilantro

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I don’t post enough salad recipes, especially considering that I make them almost every day. So going forward I’m going to try to post easy salad recipes, even if they’re very simple and basic. This is one of my favorite ways to eat cucumbers: sliced, mixed with onions and marinated with lime, olive oil and cilantro. 

Cucumber salad with lime and cilantro

This super easy cucumber salad can be eaten immediately after you make it, but it gets even better if you let it rest for at least 30 minutes – letting the lime juice start to pickle the cucumbers and onions. You could also say that this onion and cucumber salad marinated with lime and cilantro is a variation of the classic cebollas encurtidas or lime pickled red onions.

Cucumber salad with onions, lime and cilantro

This salad makes a great side dish for seafood and chicken dishes. You can also turn it into a full entree salad by serving it over your choice of salad greens, adding some tomatoes/avocados/radishes. If you want you can also add some grilled fish/shrimp/beef or leftover shredded chicken.  You can also spice it up by adding some jalapeño slices or diced serranos/habaneros.

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Cucumber salad
Cucumber and red onion salad

Cucumber salad with lime and cilantro

Easy and delicious cucumber salad recipe made with sliced cucumbers and red onions marinated with a lime cilantro dressing.
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Course: Salad, Side Dish, Starter
Cuisine: Ecuadorian, International, Latin, South American
Keyword: Cucumber salad, Cucumber salad with lime and cilantro
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 small red onion sliced
  • 2 cucumbers peeled or not – based on your preference, sliced
  • 2-3 medium sized limes juiced
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped cilantro can also use parsley if you prefer
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt to taste


  • To remove some of the bitterness/spiciness from the onions, place the onion slices in a bowl, sprinkle about ½ tablespoon of salt over the onions. Rub the salt in and then cover with water for a few minutes. Then drain and rinse the onions well.
  • Place the sliced cucumbers, sliced onions, lime juice, chopped cilantro, and olive oil in a bowl.
  • Mix well, taste and add salt as needed.
  • Serve immediately or let rest refrigerated for at least 30 minutes before serving.

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Cucumber salad with lime and cilantro preparation
Cucumber and red onion salad

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  1. Oh my gosh! This recipe sounds delicious. I cannot wait to try it. Probably will add a few cherry tomatoes and tri colored bell peppers. Thanks for the recipe inspiration.

  2. Insanely delicious. VERY refreshing. Can’t wait to see how it tastes in about 2 hours when dinner is ready :)

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