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Creamy Cucumber Salad with Mayo (Vegan)

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This creamy cucumber salad with vegan mayo is easy to whip up and a super refreshing summer side dish. Made with crisp refreshing English cucumbers, red onions, and a creamy homemade dressing, it’s sure to be a family favorite! This is an easy-to-make salad perfect for any summer BBQ or potluck. Healthy, oil-free, and absolutely delicious! 

Ingredients

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  • 2 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup vegan mayonnaise (cashew mayo, tofu mayo)
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup or agave
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill or dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the cucumbers in a colander and rinse them in the sink. Then dry them with a paper towel before peeling and slicing.
  2. Peel and slice the cucumbers, place the cucumber slices on a paper towel, and pat dry. In a large mixing bowl add the cucumbers and red onion. 
  3. To a separate bowl add the vegan mayo, vinegar, sweetener, and dill. Whisk the ingredients together until it’s smooth and creamy. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
  4. Pour the dressing over the cucumbers and onions. Stir everything together with a spatula until the cucumbers and onions are completely coated with the dressing.
  5. Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes giving the cucumbers and onions time to marinate in the dressing. This will allow the flavor to really develop.
  6. Remove the from the fridge and lightly toss everything one final time. Enjoy!

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Notes

Refrigerate before serving: Giving the cucumbers time to marinate in the dressing only enhances the flavor. So, let the salad chill in the fridge for 30-45 minutes before serving.

Dry: cucumbers contain a lot of water so I like to lightly pat dry the slices with a paper towel before mixing the salad together.

Use a sharp knife or mandoline: be sure and use a sharp knife when slicing the cucumbers and onion. I prefer to use a mandoline slicer for the cucumbers so each slice is the same thickness.

Fresh cucumbers: Don’t use old cucumbers because they won’t be as crunchy and that is one of the most important elements of this recipe.

Crunchy additions: Radishes, carrots, and celery are a great way to add flavor, texture, and more crunch.

Sweet things: Dried cranberries and raisins add a nice sweetness to this already refreshing salad.

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