Cucumbers either in vinegar or creamed is a dish we must have every summer in my household.  This vegetable is a very rewarding garden crop.  My family likes them raw, creamed, in vinegar and preserved as pickles.  Basically any way you make them we’ll eat them.

Cucumbers in Vinegar - The Southern Lady Cooks


This is a favorite way to fix this vegetable in the South. My family loves them.  My mother used to make them this way when I was a child.  So easy and simple but so good with any meal.

2 to 3 medium sized cucumbers, peeled

1 medium onion, sliced

1/4 cup white vinegar (can add more or less)

3 or 4 cups water (enough to cover cucumbers in bowl)

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

Peel and slice cucumbers in a bowl. Slice onions and break into rings. Add remaining ingredients. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.  Will keep for several days in the fridge.   Enjoy!

(Note: I have tried adding other spices, etc. to the water but my family likes them this way only.)



3 or 4 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced

1 large onion, peeled and sliced into rings

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup salad dressing or mayonnaise

1/4 teaspoon dill

Salt & Pepper to taste

Slice cucumbers and onion into a bowl.  Mix other ingredients separately and whisk together.  Pour over cucumbers and onions. Refrigerate for several hours.  Enjoy!

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Cucumbers in Vinegar or Creamed Cucumbers

We love our Cucumbers in Vinegar and Creamed. They are both great recipes.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: Cucumbers Creamed, Cucumbers Vinegar
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


Cucumbers in Vinegar

  • 2 to 3 medium sized cucumbers peeled
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar can add more or less
  • 3 or 4 cups water enough to cover cucumbers in bowl
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Creamed Cucumbers

  • 3 or 4 medium cucumbers peeled and sliced
  • 1 large onion peeled and sliced into rings
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup salad dressing or mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • Peel and slice cucumbers in a bowl. Slice onions and break into rings. Add remaining ingredients. Refrigerate for several hours before serving. Will keep for several days in the fridge.


  • Slice cucumbers and onion into a bowl. Mix other ingredients separately and whisk together. Pour over cucumbers and onions. Refrigerate for several hours.

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  1. My Kentucky Mama must be reading over my shoulder from above! Cucumbers and onions in vinegar were kept in our fridge year-round, in a big gallon jar. Same recipe, only she used cider vinegar. Same vinegar water used over and over, just added more vinegar when liquid started going down…when she did decide to change jars, we were kept waiting for a week before tearing into them…if you didn’t pucker when they were eaten, then they were not ready Ha! Hot buttered fried cornbread, fried silver queen corn, a plate of beef-steak tomatoes and sweet tea with this…what a meal! Never had creamed cucumbers, but I’m on my way to the Lexington Farmer’s Market this morning for supplies to complete this adventure. Mama also kept a big jar of sliced beets in vinegar. Mama would throw a couple (or five or six) boiled eggs in with the beets for “Daddy’s Pickled Eggs”. This Kentucky girl is so appreciative of you! Your recipes are loaded with Kentucky love and memories. Thank you.5 stars

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re thrilled our recipes bring back so many beautiful memories for you. Thank you for being a part of our community! Have a wonderful day.

      1. This is one of my families favorite dishes (creamed cucumbers). The only thing I do different is I add vinegar to taste (1/4cup or less.) Yummy!!

  2. I grew up eating cucumbers and onions in vinegar/water. My Momma always made those and I still do today. She would also add sliced beets to these!

  3. She would add salt to cucumbers first to get them limp and then drain off. Any recipes out there using cucumbers apple cider vinegar cream and onion. My mom made these all the time and are very delicious. Thanks

  4. Reading everyone’s comments, brought back memories to me too. My grandmother always kept a bowl of cucumbers and onions in vinegar on her kitchen table in the summer. I love them still, if I have fresh tomatoes from the garden, I add it and a little veg oil and a couple tbsp of sugar. Absolutely love it!

  5. Creamy cucumbers is a family tradition come summer. We use it as gravey over boiled potatoes. New baby reds are great I love harvest time.

  6. I had never seen Creamed Cucumbers before this post. Made this last night and I absolutely love them, probably more than the regular cucumber and vinegar (although I made both versions last night). I love this site and your posts! It has certainly opened me up to some great southern recipes. Thanks and keep ’em coming!

    1. Thank you Michelle! Happy to have you and happy you are enjoying the recipes. Have a great week.

    2. if you like slice can beets …pour in jar …add vinegar 2 beet juice and you can even add onions 2 the beets…keep cold …eat each day …Sooooooo Good and Easy…yummy

  7. These brought back memories of my Mom and Grandmother who served them all summer long. A cool and tasty treat after playing outside all day. Thank you for posting these recipes. I will be making both this weekend.

  8. Try slicing peeled cukes in a bowl, sprinkle with Tony Chacheres ( to taste) pour good seasons Italian dressing ( make according to pkg). Enjoy. I’ve gotten more of my kids friends to eat cukes since doing this.

  9. My mother made the Cucumbers and Onions and I loved them, so glad to see this recipe. I will make some soon.

  10. make both off these all summer long, To make the creamy one special add some halved grape tomatoes and fried, drained and crumbled bacon. A sure hit with the guys.

  11. LOL! I just fixed a cucumber sandwich with mayo & butter. And thought I’d get on FB to see what’s going on. Its yummy! My favorite is creamy, but my Mom always used the vinegar kind! Have a great day!

  12. I am a fan of the creamy version… i do not use salad dressing but i do add vinegar and dill… love them…

  13. how many cucumbers did you use in the recipes? so happy to have found this, had this when I was a kid, many many years ago.

  14. Tried this recipe for creamed cucumbers and loved it . The cucumbers in vinegar has been a favorite all my life .

  15. Hi Judy
    I’m thrilled to death have found this blog especially since you are, as I am from ky. I was just there in that heat about a month ago visiting my folks in scottsvegas! (lol scottsville) i have five brothers that live close by in bowling green but i am the wanderer. my mom made me cucumbers and vinegar every night while I was there, I love them. When i was younger she used to have to add another cucumber or two by dinner time so they could go on the table after my many trips by the fridge during the day. I could absolutely eat my weight in cucumbers and pickles.
    I have several times asked my mom how my grandma made the creamy ones and she never knew but thought they had sour cream so i am super excited to have found the creamy recipe on your blog and can’t wait to make them. At times preparing and eating food my grandma made transports me back to time with her…my husband hopes the cucumbers don’t make me cry lol.
    Thank you so much for the time you put into this blog, you are very sweet to connect southern girls to their roots.
    Have a wonderful day

    1. Thank you Dynalee! So happy to meet another Kentucky girl and have you on my site. Hope you enjoy the recipes and stop by often. Have a great day. Love and hugs. Judy

  16. Sure glad that I found your site! I have made creamy cucumbers for years and everyone loves the addition of the dill weed.

  17. My mothers recipy from years back which we have kept using is – slice cukes THIN salt and leave set awhile. Press out water from cukes and then add vinegar, sugar, onions, to taste. Yummy.

    1. This is also the way my 86 year old grandmother makes them! Thank you for reminding me of this variation. …. <3

  18. Could you substitute white vinegar for the cider? Seems like the cider would turn the cukes dark?

  19. We do the cukes and onions at my house too but we add in a couple of tablespoons of sugar and about 1/4c. of vegatable oil. The oil isn’t heavy…just gives a “mouth feel”. I made a huge birthday supper last night…but it was the first night of the season to have this salad…it was the dish most remarked on. Go figure…the easiest to make too!

  20. My mom and now I make a similar cucumber salad. Cucumbers are sliced thin on a mandolin and placed in a bowl with a little salt to sweat the cucumbers for about 30 minutes. Pour off the liquid then add onion, vinigar (either white or apple cider), Dill and sour cream. Chill till ready to serve.

  21. My mom also added the tomatoes along with diced green peppers and we called it “garabage”. It was delish.

  22. I needed to use up a cucumber today and was thinking about making creamy cucumber salad. I’ll be using your recipe. Thanks for posting it! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  23. I love them too….both ways. Mom always made them with vinegar. Hope you’re feeling good and keeping cool.

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