Lemon Vinaigrette tossed with loads of fresh dill, cucumber, sweet onion and tender leafy lettuce makes the most perfect side salad.
The dressing is fresh, easy and delicious … and you likely have everything you need on hand!
This salad with Lemon Vinaigrette is a salad we always grew up eating. For as long as I can remember, my mom always served this and it was my sister’s favorite. I’m telling you, if summer had a flavor, it would definitely taste like lemon and fresh dill.
I have to be honest, as much as we ate this as kids (sans feta.. that part is my own addition because every food needs a bit of cheese in it) I have to admit that this is one of those recipes I kind of forgot about. I didn’t make it for years and years… and years (meanwhile my sister makes it ALL of the time). Recently I started making it and let’s just say I’ve served it 3 times this week alone and it’s my 12 year old’s absolute favorite!
The Lemon Vinaigrette is fresh and citrusy (use fresh lemon juice if you can, it makes a huge difference) and the vinegar adds a little bit of zip to this salad. The homemade dressing comes together in just a couple of minutes and is perfect drizzled over the soft buttery lettuce.
You’ll have ample dressing in this recipe, use as little or as much as you like. The dressing keeps perfectly in the fridge and none of the ingredients really spoil so it will last about 1 week or so. Perfect for a quick weekday lunch with some leftover chicken or shrimp!
I personally soak the sliced onion in ice water to take any ‘bite’ out of it. When purchasing the onion for this salad, be sure you’re using a sweet white onion which has a white papery skin. The yellow skinned onions are white inside but they’re very strong and overpowering in this salad. The white onions are sweet and very mild.
Cucumber Dill Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
- 8 cups red leaf lettuce butter lettuce
- ⅓ cup fresh dill chopped
- ⅔ cup feta cheese crumbled
- ½ english cucumber thinly sliced
- ½ sweet white onion thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- salt & pepper to taste
- Combine all dressing ingredients in a mason jar or container. Shake to mix.
- Add all salad ingredients to a large bowl.
- Drizzle with dressing, toss and serve immediately.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)