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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Easy Dilled Cucumber and Radish Salad

Crisp cucumbers meet crunchy radishes and fresh dill in this delightful salad that makes a great accompaniment to just about anything! It's the perfect easy go to summer or spring salad. 

A white plate with dilled cucumber and radish salad on it with a garnish of fresh dill ready to eat.


Dilled Cucumber and Radish Salad: Crisp cucumbers meet crunchy radishes  and dill in this refreshing salad!  #dill #radishes #cucumber

Why this recipe works

Radishes are not only color pleasing in this salad, but they also add great crunch and a little bit of spiciness. Radishes are quite healthy too!  Vitamin C, potassium, calcium and fiber are just a few positive attributes of radishes.

Make sure you use an English or seedless cucumber in this recipe, because it tends to be smaller in diameter than a regular cucumber and works with the sliced radishes to make a better looking salad.

Serving the crisp cucumbers with the crunchy radishes makes for such a delightful crunch. Marinating the cucumbers, radishes, and red onions in a simple vinaigrette dressing compliments the fresh vegetables perfectly and adding fresh dill makes it extra special. It also helps cut down on the spiciness of the radishes.  

How do you make Dilled Cucumber and Radish Salad

Begin by salting the sliced cucumbers and radishes. Let them sit for a few minutes, then drain off any liquid that has accumulated. This helps to boost flavor and also get the maximum crispiness from the cucumbers. 

Next, whisk together the simple dressing. 

Combine the salted cucumbers and radishes with the red onion, and dress with the dressing. Add fresh dill and fresh ground black pepper. 

Cover and let the salad hang out in the refrigerator for at least an hour to allow the flavors to blend. 

I've never been a huge fan of the radish because of the spiciness, but I love it in this salad. I think the dressing and salting helps cut down on the spice you can get from radishes. 

I also loved that I had a chance to use my fresh dill that I potted this year.  This is the first time I've put dill into my potted herb garden.  I love the taste of fresh dill, and was glad to find a great recipe to use it in.

Potted herb garden

Of course, this is a photo of my pots when I first planted them.  They have really filled out in the past month. Being able to grab whatever fresh herbs I want for cooking is one of the best things about summer. But if you don't have an herb garden, fresh dill is easy to find in the produce section of your grocery store too!

More summer salads to love:

cucumber and radish salad, cucumber salad, summer salad
side dish, salad
Yield: 6 servings
Author: Renee Paj
Easy Dilled Cucumber and Radish Salad

Easy Dilled Cucumber and Radish Salad

Prep time: 10 MinInactive time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 10 M
Crisp cucumbers meet crunchy radishes and fresh dill in this delightful salad that makes a great accompaniment to just about anything! It's the perfect easy go to summer or spring salad.


  • 1 large English cucumber, sliced (do not peel)
  • 2 cups sliced radishes
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt (or more to taste)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 3 TBSP unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 TBSP chopped fresh dill (or more or less to your liking)
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Combine the cucumbers and radish in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt. Mix and allow to sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes. Drain off any liquid that forms.
  2. In a small bowl whisk the vinegar, oil, garlic, and sugar. Set aside.
  3. Add onion to the cucumber-radish mixture and pour dressing on top of vegetables. Mix to coat. Add in the dill and the black pepper. Taste for additional salt if needed.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to meld. Garnish with additional fresh dill, if desired.


Substitute plain white vinegar, red wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar for the rice wine vinegar if you like. Each vinegar will give you a subtle difference in flavor.

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

4.8 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.68 g

Cholesterol (grams)

0 mg

Carbs (grams)

6.51 g

Fiber (grams)

1.33 g

Sugar (grams)

3.38 g

Net carbs

5.18 g

Protein (grams)

0.91 g

Sodium (milligrams)

211.32 mg

Nutritional information is an estimate.

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  1. I do enjoy radishes! I couldn't imagine eating them alone, but I love them mixed in a salad. Yayy for fresh herbs

    1. I'm not a fan of them alone either Erica! and yes, yay for fresh herbs!!! :)

  2. I always loved the combination of cucumber and radish :) yummy salad!

    1. This is the first time I've had both together and I have to agree...a great combination! Thanks Madeja!

  3. I just love the simplicity of this salad...plus it's so summery 'n healthy! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks Linda...I agree about it being perfect for summer! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. As luck would have it, I bought both English cucumbers and radishes! I will leave out the stinky onion though. Wondering though - I have dried dill vs. fresh - any clue on the ratio if I use dried dill?

    1. I'm gonna say maybe start with a tsp and see if it's enough, then add more if you need to.

  5. I'm not a big fan of radishes but we often get them at our CSA. I'll give this a try! Pinning!

    1. I am not a radish lover either, but enjoyed eating them this way.

  6. We have so many radishes to use up. Love the idea of this salad!

  7. Gorgeous! I love fresh dill. This salad sounds delish!!

  8. Love it. Very fresh and crisp. Perfect for summer.

  9. We are not radish lovers, but I keep getting radishes in our CSA box, and I am determined to find a way to like them. The radishes and 3/4 of one of the cucumber are the last items left from my most recent box, and I have some fresh dill too. I think I will try this tonight to go with the burgers I am planning to grill. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Thank you for the recipe! We received some radishes in our CSA and I didn't know what to do with all of them. This was tasty and a great way to use up a good portion of them.

    1. I'm so glad this worked well for you. Thanks for your comment!


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