Vinegar Marinated Cucumbers

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Vinegar Marinated Cucumbers is one of the easiest side dishes ever.  These cucumbers are sweet, tangy, and crunchy.

peeled, sliced, vinegar marinated cucumbers in a white bowl

During the summer months, I make this easy side dish about once a week.  It is so simple and so good!  These cucumbers are cool and crunchy with tons of flavor.  They make a great side dish for a BBQ or potluck.

How To Make Vinegar Cucumbers

  • Peel and slice 2 cucumbers.

peeled cucumber being sliced with a large knife

  • Add vinegar, warm water, sugar, salt, and pepper to a bowl.
  • Whisk together.

glass bowl with vinegar, water, sugar, salt, and pepper being whisked together

  • Add the cucumbers to the vinegar.
  • Marinate for at least an hour.

sliced cucumbers being marinated in vinegar in a glass bowl

  • Drain the liquid off the cucumbers.
  • Serve cold.

draining marinated cucumbers in a metal strainer

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white bowl full of peeled, sliced, marinated cucumbers

Make Ahead

You can start marinating these cucumbers in the vinegar mixture for up to a day ahead of time.  Any longer than that and they won’t be as crunchy.


Store any leftover cucumbers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.  However, after about a day they start to lose some of their crunch.

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peeled, sliced, vinegar marinated cucumbers in a white bowl

Easy Vinegar Marinated Cucumbers Recipe

5 from 8 votes
Vinegar Marinated Cucumbers is one of the easiest side dishes ever.  These cucumbers are sweet, tangy, and crunchy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Marinate Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


Servings 6 servings
Calories 35 kcal


  • 2 medium to large cucumbers
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Peel and thinly slice the cucumbers. Discard the ends.
  • In a large bowl, add the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, and pepper. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
  • And the cucumbers the bowl. Stir well until all of the cucumbers have been coated in liquid.
  • Cover the bowl. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour and up to 1 day.
  • Drain the liquid from the cucumbers. Serve cold.


Serving: 1/6th of the recipe | Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Side Dish
Keyword how to make cucumber salad, how to marinate cucumbers, vinegar cucumber recipe
Cuisine American
Author Amanda Finks
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  1. 5 stars
    Wonderful recipe…
    I use receipt I seen my mom use. I added my on ingredients of course 😆
    Thank you for sharing ☺️

  2. 5 stars
    This was a wonderful surprise! I had some truly end of season cucumbers in the refrigerator and wanted to use them. This combination of flavors was so fresh and bright! It tasted like summer even though it’s the beginning of fall. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    First time it was easy to making Cucumber and guess what it amazing taste so good! Again now it my second time. I’m add try spicy cucumber see if it good . Love to creative taste weather if it good or not 😊

  4. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe and I will use it again. Surprisingly, my whole family thought it was too sweet, to next time I’ll cut the sugar in half. Thank you!

    1. 5 stars
      It was great taste and easy making . Best half sugar and I add spicy ( habanero pepper topper ) 1/8 teaspoon or less it was delicious! Wow! Try your self add on it or not 😊

  5. I know they won’t be crunchy, but how long will they stay good for? I wanted to use leftovers of a batch I made 2 weeks ago in some relish tomorrow. They have been in the fridge the entire time. Ate they still safe to eat?

  6. As a great grandson of German Immigrants who owned a resteraunt . This style of cucumbers has been in our family for more than 80 years.
    The only thing we dont do is drain the juice. Leave it . We also add 2 tablespoons of corn oil to the mixture. Its spectacular.

  7. My mom used to make these when I was a kid, I have been making them for my husband for years I add some garlic powder

  8. I just reviewed this recipe. Sounds like something I will try. My only concern is can you use apple cider vinegar instead if white vinegar?

    1. Absolutely! I’ve always used cider vinegar. The only reason I think this recipe calls for white vinegar is that it won’t discolor the cukes!

      1. 5 stars
        This is a p a to my above comment. I always add fresh onion ..either sweet or red for color and fresh dill when possible. It’s so delicious!!

  9. Mother added thinly sliced sweet onions to it and that was delicious, too. Last week I threw in some thinly sliced radishes just for a break. I sliced too many but I believe it would have been much better if I’d lightened up and the same with the onion so will try it again next time.

  10. Have been enjoying cucumbers like this for years. However not using nearly the amount of sugar. Think adding the amount of sugar you recommended sounds good. I’m going to try yours next time. Thank you

About Amanda Finks

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Zionsville, IN. I’m an avid cook, travel nerd, & lover of good food! I’m trained in Food Science & recipe development. It’s my mission to bring you the BEST recipes your whole family will love!

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