“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.