You’ve got to make this cucumber radish pickled salad when your garden is overflowing with delicious cucumbers and radishes. It’s sooo good. Even if you don’t have a garden, hit up your local farmers market for some fresh produce to enjoy. I love how the sweet dressing takes the bite out of the peppery radishes in this salad.
I am addicted to my local famers market in the summer. Every Saturday morning you’ll find my daughter and I filling up our shopping bags with fresh fruits and vegetables from the market. We also stop for some Cinnamon Sugar Pinwheel cookies. It’s become a tradition to nibble on these sweet treats while we do our shopping.
It’s astonishing how much better tasting the produce is from the farmer’s market compared to what we get from the grocery store. And do you want to know a little secret? Most of the time it’s cheaper! Go figure.
I love walking through the stalls of fresh vegetables, trying to choose what I’m going to cook in the days to come. Carrots and cucumbers are always a must. Some don’t even make it home they go missing (eaten) on the drive home. Beans, tomatoes, peppers, radishes, corn and garlic are all contenders that may make it into our shopping bags too. When potatoes are in season, I always make sure to buy a few bags and make deliveries to my parents and friends who can’t make it to the market. You have never experienced mash potatoes until you’ve used fresh potatoes. They taste incredible and are so much cheaper then what I would pay at the grocery store.
Before I had my own vegetable garden, I would shop the farmers market for my Thanksgiving dinner. Potatoes for my Parmesan mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts for the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with bacon, roasted carrots and little sugar pumpkins for my homemade pumpkin pies. What a feast!
Now that I have my own garden, I still love to shop the farmers market for the vegetables I’m not so great at growing (like peppers). With a garden however, I find myself with an over abundance of vegetables at times. I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy all the vegetables from of my garden. I adapted my mother’s bean salad recipe to make a cucumber radish pickled salad.
This salad is best if you give it a few hours for the flavors to blend together before completely devouring it. I’m sure you can also switch up the sugar with maple syrup or honey if you wanted. You won’t need as much to get that sweet flavor. I would try to replace the half-cup of sugar with 1/3 cup of maple syrup instead.
This cucumber radish pickled salad would also rock at a summer potluck dinner as it fits so well into a 2 litre mason jar. That’s how I stored mine in the fridge. I used a little hand held mandolin to slice the cucumbers, radishes and onion super thin. It makes the job super quick and easy. Just watch your fingers!!
Cucumber Radish Pickled Salad
- 2 cups radishes, thinly sliced
- 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ cup white vinegar
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
Slice all the vegetables and transfer to a bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dressing. Pour over the vegetables and toss gently.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours until you are ready to serve.