Cucumber Ranch Salad

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 Crisp cucumbers with onion in ranch dressing.  An easy side dish your family is sure to enjoy!
Cucumber Ranch Salad
Growing up my Mom made cucumber salad, but made it with vinegar sugar dressing, which I still love, but this is how my Mother-in-law does it, and if you love ranch, you will love it!
Well…of course it helps to like cucumbers, too.
But chances are you wouldn’t be reading a recipe for cucumber salad if you didn’t.
Cucumber Ranch Salad | An Affair from the Heart
Sometimes when I blog a recipe like this I wonder if ya’ll think I am nuts to blog something that is so easy.
Then I remind myself, I had never had it until I was the ripe ‘ol age of 22, so maybe you haven’t?
Sometimes, I just blog these recipes, knowing that someday my daughter (the oldest one who doesn’t like to cook) may want this salad she loves, and she can go to the internet and figure out how to make it!
So, the whole thing is pretty darn easy, but better to make them in the morning, or the night before so they can soak, after you read the recipe you’ll know what I mean.
So without further adieu….
Cucumber Ranch Salad
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Cucumber Ranch Salad

close up of Cucumber Ranch Salad in a white platter

Crisp cucumbers with onion in ranch dressing. An easy side dish your family is sure to enjoy!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes


  • 3 large cucumbers, washed, sliced in half then sliced in pieces. (I leave the skin on, but you can peel it off if you prefer)
  • 1 small onion, I like the sweet onions, chopped (sometimes I use green onions)
  • 1 cup Ranch dressing (more or less to taste)
  • Salt and cold water
  • Pepper


Slice cucumbers and place in a bowl.

Cover with cold water and give a good sprinkling of salt.

Place in refrigerator for a couple of hours to soak. This will keep the cucumbers firm.

Drain water. Add onions, and toss with ranch dressing. (You can use any ranch you want, I make it with fat free, and it makes this salad nice and light!)

Give it a sprinkle of pepper and you're all done!!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1296Total Fat: 108gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 84gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 2799mgCarbohydrates: 77gFiber: 9gSugar: 45gProtein: 12g

Nutrition isn't always accurate.

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  1. This cucumber Ranch Salad has me a little confused. It says to cover with cold water. After you let them sit, do you drain the water? Also if you do not, wouldn’t the salad be runny after putting in the Ranch dressing?

    1. I am sorry my directions weren’t clear. I will go in and edit them — Yes, slice the cucumbers, add some salt and cover them with cold water and let them sit in the water for a couple of hours. Drain the water, add the Ranch. 🙂

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