To make a flavorful cucumber salad, combine sliced cucumbers with a vinegar-based dressing or a creamy dressing. Whichever type of dressing you choose, start by placing sliced cucumbers in a strainer, tossing them with a pinch of salt and letting them sit for 20 minutes to draw out excess moisture.
To make a creamy cucumber salad, combine 1/2 cup of sour cream with 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 2 tablespoons for chopped fresh dill. Toss the dressing with the cucumbers, and season the salad with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve immediately or refrigerate until you're ready to serve the salad.
For a tangy vinaigrette-style cucumber salad, combine 2 1/2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar with 1 1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons of granulated sugar. Toss the dressing with cucumbers and 1/2 of a thinly sliced onion. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to blend. Another fresh spin on this tasty salad combines peeled, sliced tomatoes with the cucumbers and chopped Vidalia onion. Dress this cucumber and tomato salad with a combination of 1/4 cup olive oil whisked together with 1/2 teaspoon of red wine vinegar and salt. Garnish it with torn fresh basil.