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Fresh Carolina Cucumber Salad Recipe

Salting and marinating cucumber adds loads of flavor while retaining some of their crunch.
Fresh Carolina Cucumber Salad Recipe
Photo by Brayden Olson

This recipe is best made standing in an open Appalachian pasture under the hot sun with a hand dug pit smoking right behind you.

Servings: 6
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 4 hours


4 English cucumbers, sliced crosswise
¼ cup kosher salt
1 cup|237 ml peanut oil
1 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar
6-7 allspice berries
1 cup|237 ml white vinegar
½ cup|125 ml apple cider vinegar
pinch mustard powder
heaping handful of fresh dill, torn
heaping handful of fresh parsley, torn


  1. Toss cucumbers and salt together and place in a perforated pan or in a colander over a bowl and let sit for 2 hours.
  2. Transfer cucumber water to a small bowl and whisk in the oil, sugar, and allspice berries. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vinegars and the mustard powder. Slowly whisk the cucumber oil blend into the vinegars and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Toss the vinaigrette with the cucumbers and herbs. Let marinate at room temperature for 1 to 3 hours before serving.

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