This strawberry cucumber salad is your answer for what to serve with dinner tonight or at your next cookout. Loaded with fresh strawberries, cucumbers and blueberries, this refreshing summer side salad is so easy yet full of flavor! Whip up the simple vinegar and honey dressing then drizzle over your ingredients right before serving for a tasty side dish.
I have fallen in love with easy oil and vinegar salads like this tomato cucumber salad. Most of the time I don’t follow a specific recipe. Instead, I grab whatever fresh vegetables I have on hand and drizzle red wine vinegar, olive oil, and freshly ground pepper and sea salt to taste. I toss, let marinate while I cook the rest of my dinner. It is a great way to use up fresh vegetables. I decided I needed to try this method with a fruit and vegetable salad and that is how this strawberry and cucumber salad came to be my latest recipe to share.
Strawberry and Cucumber Salad Ingredients
This strawberry and cucumber salad requires only a few basic ingredients. While just strawberries and cucumbers might seem more traditional, I wanted to add a splash of color and more flavor to my salad so I included blueberries in mine. (I did the same thing with this watermelon mint salad.) I love blueberries in salads!
You’ll need the following:
- English cucumber
- white wine vinegar (can substitute red wine vinegar or white balsamic vinegar)
- freshly ground pepper
- sea salt
How to Make Strawberry Cucumber Salad
This salad comes together rather quickly. You’ll need to wash your produce and slice your strawberries and cucumbers. I like to use English cucumbers because of their softer skin for easier eating. They just look so pretty in a salad, don’t they? Because I left my slices whole, I made sure not too cut them too thick so they would be easier to eat. You could easily half or quarter your slices if you want them more bite-sized.
Next, it is time to prepare the dressing. This vinegar and honey dressing is super simple and has a mild taste. I added sea salt and freshly ground pepper for more flavor but you can skip it if you like. I prefer using a white vinegar, either white wine or white balsamic if you don’t want to change the color of this salad. Different vinegar will produce a slightly different taste however, so I do recommend testing your dressing so you can adjust if needed.
Drizzle the dressing over your salad and gently toss. It might not seem like a lot of dressing but trust me. Not only does it pack a punch with a small amount, but the juice from the strawberries will add a lot of liquid.
Do not prepare this strawberry salad in advance.
The strawberries in this salad will start to break down once you add the dressing because of the vinegar. I highly recommend serving this salad within a few minutes of mixing it together. If you’d like to prep the dressing and slice your strawberries and cucumbers ahead of time, you could but wait to mix them together until closer to serving. I would recommend within 10 to 15 minutes of preparing it that you serve.
After 30 minutes this salad already had a lot of the strawberry juices at the bottom of the bowl. Still delicious but it isn’t one you want to let sit for too long for best results.
The honey and vinegar combo in this dressing is really quite delicious and brings out the flavors in your fruits and cucumber.
Strawberry Cucumber Salad
- 1 lb fresh strawberries sliced (approximately 3 cups)
- 1 large English cucumber sliced (approximately 2 cups)
- 1 cup blueberries
- 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar can use red wine vinegar or white balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- mint for garnish optional
Place strawberries, cucumbers and blueberries in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Whisk vinegar, honey, sea salt and pepper together until well combined.
Drizzle over fresh produce. Gently toss to coat.
Garnish with strawberry sliced in half and fresh mint, if desired.
Serve immediately or within 10 minutes for best results.
I hope you love this refreshing strawberry and cucumber salad as much as my husband and I did! It would taste great served with this marinated grilled chicken.
Want more summer side salads?
- Roasted Corn Zucchini Salad from Plated Cravings
- Chickpea Salad from Know Your Produce
- Sweet Pepper and Onion Salad from My Kitchen Love
- Summer Corn Salad Recipe from Cooking with Carlee
- Quinoa Black Bean Salad from Salty Side Dish
- Snicker Apple Salad from Mom Foodie
- Red Potato Salad with Greek Yogurt from Eating Richly