Cucumber And Onion Salad Recipe

This Cucumber And Onion Salad makes a perfect, low carb side dish for many low carb meals.

As many of you know, I’m focusing on eating low carb these days, and I have to say, it’s working. Working like nothing I’ve ever tried before. It would seem that I have found my magic combination where food is concerned. No dairy, low carb, higher fats, no caffeine and the only sweetener I use is pure liquid stevia. It’s strict to be sure, and often I find myself struggling with creativity in the kitchen. I mean, let’s face it, there are only so many times you can eat tuna salad on the go!

Clean Eating Cucumber & Raw Onion Salad

Lately my mom, for whatever reason, can’t seem to get enough raw onions. I’ve read that onions are good for the heart, and since her heart is having issues, my guess is that that is why she is craving them. But when I say craving them, I mean I could practically serve her a raw onion to eat like an apple!

Maybe that’s exaggerating just a tiny bit, but you get my point. She can’t get enough. So the other day, she asked me to make her something with onions, and I only had cucumbers on hand as I hadn’t made it to the store yet for more veggies. So I chopped and mixed the two together and tossed them with a little Greek yogurt and balsamic for her, and mayo for me.

We actually both love raw onions, so I can’t put this all on her. But I have to say that this fit my new low carb eating plan quite nicely and we each got a version of this salad we preferred. Delish either way! Although I will say that if you try the yogurt version, you may need to add a bit of salt. Try it first though before you add it though!

So to make a long story short, I now have a fabulous new snack I can mix-n-go with. Something that ISN’T tuna salad!



Clean Eating Cucumber & Raw Onion Salad

Cucumber & Raw Onion Salad

A simple, delicious side dish.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 174kcal


  • ½ cup minced purple onion
  • 2 cups chopped English cucumber (peeled and diced small)
  • 3 tbsp. mayonnaise (see link above)


  • Prepare all ingredients and mix them together in a small to medium mixing bowl.
  • Adjust ingredients to your taste.
  • Lower fat options include replacing the mayo with Greek yogurt and a dash of balsamic vinegar.
  • Then salt to taste if needed.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 124IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. My grandma used to make this when I was growing up, except she used sour cream instead of mayo or yogurt. It was so good. I find myself making it to this day and loving it.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tanna – Smart grandma! It’s definitely good stuff! 🙂

  2. When you say “it’s working for you”, in what way? Is it in the weight loss way? How much weight loss? I’ve been getting many mixed messages about how to lose weight for SO LONG. For example, that low carb is not a permanent lifestyle way; that it’s not safe; that if you want to lose weight it’s about limiting calories for a balanced healthy loss. Can you reply? Is the low carb way really is the way to health and weight loss? Thank you.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Vickie – The correct way to lose weight is whatever way works best for your body. What is healthy or “safe” will look different for every person. While there are mainstream “diets” that work for many people, they usually don’t last simply because they are not made for the individual. I am following a low carb plan primarily to control my blood sugar. This is something I worked out with my doctor. It may or may not be appropriate for you. I think the safety of it will depend on the individual approach as well as the individual needs of each person. I’ve been experimenting with my eating plan for a long time. Weight loss has eluded me so far. I lose weight, but I always gain it back. That, however, is not my primary reason for eating clean or low carb. I follow those two methods simply because it’s what works for my overall health. I may not be losing weight, but I’m controlling my blood sugar and blood pressure. I do occasionally lose some weight, but as I said, it’s been an on and off struggle. I believe in the power of eating clean for many reasons. And yes, for many people, the benefits of this lifestyle include weight loss. The same goes for low carb. It’s all about what’s right for you. That means, what actually works and gets you closer to your goals AND allows you to stick with it long term.