Easy Healthy Cucumber Dill Salad Recipe With Red Onion

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If you haven’t been using fresh dill in your salads, you need to try this dill cucumber salad recipe to see what you’ve been missing!   Dill and cucumber are made for each other – dill pickles, anyone?  Thinly sliced cucumber is combined with fresh dill and red onion slices, and dressed with fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.  So healthy and delicious!

Easy Crunchy Cucumber Dill Salad Recipe With Red Onions | MelanieCooks.com

This crunchy refreshing cucumber dill salad will surely get you out of a salad rut!  If all your salads include lettuce leaves in some form, step outside the box and hold the lettuce on this one.  Lemony cucumber with aromatic dill and zippy onions will be a perfect accompaniment to any meal.  Serve this cucumber dill salad with meat, chicken, fish or pasta – this salad is so healthy and flavorful, and it will be a great addition to your dinner.

How To Make Cucumber Dill Salad

I always wonder why dill is not a commonly used herb in the United States, as it’s healthy, tasty and easy to grow.  Parsley and cilantro are super popular and get their own shelf in a supermaret, while dill is usually tucked away with the “gourmet” herbs.  This is a huge difference from Russia where I spend the first 16 years of my life – there dill is extremely widely used and added to salads, soups and sprinkled as a garnish on many savory dishes.   So because I grew up with dill, I love to add this tasty herb to my food and I hope you too will start using it more after you try my easy cucumber dill salad recipe!

Cucumber Dill Salad Recipe With Red Onions

Like most herbs, dill is very nutritious and good for you.  Dill has numerous health benefits – it is a great source of Vitamin A, C, Folate, Riboflavin, Manganese, Iron, Calcium and Potassium, as well as anti-oxidants.  So here’s another reason to make yourself some cucumber dill salad :)

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Cucumber Dill Salad Recipe With Red Onion

Crunchy cucumber slices are combined with fresh dill and topped with thinly sliced red onion. This healthy salad is dressed with freshly squeezed lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil. Delicious!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Side Salad
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 long seedless English cucumbers or 4 regular cucumbers
  • 1 bunch fresh dill
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • Peel the cucumbers and cut into thin slices. Put in a large bowl.
  • Chop the fresh dill and add it to cucumber slices.
  • Peel the onion and slice it as thinly as possible. Add onion slices to cucumbers.
  • In a cup, whisk the lemon juice and olive oil to make a dressing.
  • Add the dressing to the salad.
  • Sprinkle the cucumber dill salad with salt and pepper.
  • Toss the salad with your hands until all the cucumbers are coated with the dressing.
  • Add more salt to taste if needed.
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  1. This looks so yummy and fresh, Melanie! I don’t really use dill much in my cooking – not sure why – but it looks like it would go so well with cucumber and red onion, two flavours I adore. Interesting that you spent quite some time living in Russia. I know absolutely nothing about Russian cuisine but am really intrigued by it! It doesn’t seem to be very mainsteam in Western cuisine, or at least not here in Australia. I’m keen to try Borscht to begin with and see how I go from there!

    1. If you are trying Russian cuisine for the first time, I recommend making Russian potato salad Olivier (I have a recipe on this site). That particular salad is always a hit with people not familiar with Russian cuisine!

  2. Mmmmm. It’s been so long since I’ve had fresh dill and it’s almost always available at the grocery store so I don’t know why I don’t use it more often!! Love this fresh salad :)

  3. You are totally right! Dill just isn’t that common of an herb here in the States. You can find it, but you do have to search for it. But it smells (and tastes) so good. This post reminds me that I haven’t used fresh dill in a long time. I’m digging this salad, though…and it looks like a super delicious (and healthy) side dish!

    1. In a new supermarket that opened by my house they sell dill in huge bunches, so I’m really excited! In some other supermarkets unfortunately they only have dill in tiny overpriced plastic packages. Fresh dill is so tasty and healthy, I wish there was more demand!

  4. Dill is one of my favorite herbs. I love it with fish. I make a salad very similar to this with cucumbers, onion, tomatoes, and a tart vinegar dressing. I can’t wait to try your version.

  5. I just made a dill and potato salad. I didn’t know dill was so easy to grow – I must add some to my herb garden. I think dill and cucumber work together really well. In fact, I nearly added cucumber to my dill and potato salad – will try that next time xx

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