Cucumber Dill Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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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!

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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!

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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!

Bowl of Cucumber Dill Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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.

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5 from 10 votes
Review Recipe

Cucumber Dill Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Lemon Vinaigrette tossed with loads of fresh dill, cucumber, sweet onion and tender leafy lettuce makes the most perfect side salad. 


  • 8 cups red leaf lettuce butter lettuce
  • cup fresh dill chopped
  • 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

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  • 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.

Recipe Notes

Thinly sliced radishes are an excellent addition to this salad

Nutrition Information

Calories: 186.84, Carbohydrates: 6.54g, Protein: 4.9g, Fat: 16.11g, Saturated Fat: 5.22g, Cholesterol: 22.25mg, Sodium: 311.21mg, Potassium: 224.32mg, Fiber: 1.01g, Sugar: 3.61g, Vitamin A: 4642.68IU, Vitamin C: 8.92mg, Calcium: 159.04mg, Iron: 1.26mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Salad
Cuisine American

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  1. Green salads is my fave craving essential of my day. Really likes to create a tasty saladevery meal.

    1. Thanks so much for letting us know Paul! The number itself is correct, the unit is incorrect. This should be 4642.68 IU of Vitamin A (not %). I have my developer working on getting this updated ASAP. Apologies for the confusion.

  2. I fell in love with this salad last summer. Today the temperature reached 70, and we grilled dinner and served this salad and asparagus as sides. Thank-you so much for sharing!

  3. TWO MINUTES!!! Sign me up for some of that! But seriously, you had me at lemon and again with the vinegar! Heck, I’m just coming over!

    1. You’re place at the table is set and ready! ;) Honestly, making your own dressing is just SO easy!

  4. YES. Every food DOES need a bit of cheese in it! I love childhood recipes that I’ve adapted to my adult tastes. It brings the memories of eating it then together with the memories we’re creating eating it today!

  5. I grew up eating cucumber salads and I still make it at home. My children love it. I like that you added some lemon and mustard to vinaigrette. Very delicious!

    1. Thank you Ilona! My girls love salad too, it’s a funny thing but cucumber salads are just such a classic dish!

  6. Oh I am loving the look of this salad, especially with the addition of feta, summer in a dish. The lemon & dill combination reminds me of lots of Persian salads I’ve tried.