grandma’s cucumber salad

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“He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sun beams out of cucumbers which were to be put into vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw, inclement summers.” ~Jonathan Swift Gulliver’s Travels

My grandma has been making this awesome summer salad for as long as I can remember. It’s always present at family picnics, and is especially good with fried chicken and potato salad. It would seem everyone has a version of cucumber salad that they make and love, but nobody makes it like my grandma.

*Note: If you decide to make this salad with mayonnaise, add the 1/4 cup sugar. If you use Miracle Whip, omit the sugar, or use less. Miracle Whip is much sweeter than regular mayonnaise.

~ serves 8 ~

5 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced very thin

1 large onion, peeled, sliced very thin, and separated into rings

3/4 cup whole milk

1/4 cup white vinegar

3/4 cup mayonnaise OR Miracle Whip

1/4 cup sugar (*omit if using Miracle Whip)

1/4 cup fresh, chopped dill OR 2 Tablespoons dry dill

salt and pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours or until very cold. This salad will keep, covered in your refrigerator, for 5 days.



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