Salt Block Cucumber Salad

I am one of those people who has a love/hate relationship when it comes to cucumbers. When adding them to a salad I frequently peel them but of course I am removing most of the flavor, color and texture. But they can be tough, bitter and too watery if I don’t. I could not get a good picture of the water the salt block drew out of the cucumbers. The slices were only on the block for 3 minutes total.

Mark Bitterman has provided a recipe using salt blocks to provide a solution to this dilemma. This method works perfectly! This is how I will be preparing my cucumbers in the future. You do need to use unwaxed varieties such as Kirby or English.

For more information on salt blocks see Salt Blocks for Serving, Cooking and a Few Recipes.

Salt Block Cucumber Salad, Adapted

  • salt block
  • unwaxed Kirby or English cucumbers cut into 1/4-inch thick slices (4 small Kirby or 2 medium English)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 small red onion, chopped
  • a few radishes sliced, would be nice too
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. fresh dill, minced (I used my Bouquet Dill that I am growing from herb disks)

Arrange the cucumber slices in a single layer on the salt block. Let sit for 2 minutes. Flip the slices and let cure for 1 minute more. Remove the slices from the block and put in a clean, lint-free kitchen towel. Wring gently to remove any excess moisture. Repeat the process with more cucumber slices. Place in a bowl.

Combine the rest of the ingredients and add to the cucumbers. Can be refrigerated up to 2 days. Add the fresh dill when you are ready to serve this salad.

These cucumbers were delicious and crispy. Just a hint of salt but certainly not overwhelming. Β You can get saltier cucumbers by leaving them on the salt block longer, or slicing them thinner.

Another dressing for these cucumbers is:

  • 1/8 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • freshly ground pepper

Allow cucumbers to marinate an hour or more and garnish with fresh dill.

Recipe by Β 

Today I am a co-host along with Cynthia @ Eat Munch Love where we will be joining Angie’s Fiesta Friday #116. It’s going to be a great party – be sure to stop by and see Cynthia’s blog which is full of delicious recipes.

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42 thoughts on “Salt Block Cucumber Salad

    • A salt block is perfect and it really draws out the water. You can find salt blocks in many specialty stores such as Williams Sonoma or even Ace Hardware. You would love using one – even on your grill which I hope to try soon πŸ™‚


  1. What a beautiful salad Judi! I love cucumbers, and they would last a little longer in a salad like this. My mother used to soak them in salt water before using them in salads. I’ve never done this, but they were always nice and crunchy.


    • I use to do it that way too Liz. The salt block is quick – only three minutes and they were the best cukes I have ever tasted. Personally, I think this method works better. My salt block will be close at hand this summer… πŸ™‚


  2. It make a lot of sense. Japanese have very good narrow cucumbers. For the same purpose, cucumbers are sliced with skin very thinly. Salt is sprinkle, and sometimes ever massaged. Then the slated cucumber are squeezed to get rid of the moisture and then used in the salads. Your cucumber salad really looks tasty. πŸ™‚


  3. You’re forcing me to buy a salt block Judi! Lol. Ace Hardware has them? If the rain settles down a little…I’m heading out today! If I can get a crunchier cucumber, it will be more than worth a bad hair day! πŸ˜‰


  4. You are definitely using your salt block for all these different recipes aren’t you? I can only imagine how tasty and crisp these cucumbers were as a result. You’re all set for summer now aren’t you?


  5. This looks wonderful Judi. I love cucumbers and I am eating them more now since I am following a diet. I would love to try this salad. I have never used a slat block before? where can I get them?


  6. I LOVEEEEE pickles but haven’t made them myself before. I don’t think that I’ve ever used a salt block before but would regular sea salt work instead? You make pickling sound so easy Judi!


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