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Refreshing Cucumber Salad


It’s summertime, and the living’s easy with this refreshing five-ingredient cucumber salad recipe. It is a great way to use your garden veggies for the perfect poolside, boat or potluck dish all summer long!

You could use English cucumbers for this recipe which are popping up at many Arkansas Farmer’s Markets. Or have you heard of the Arkansas Little Leaf Cucumber? Developed by the University of Arkansas, the Arkansas Little Leaf Cucumber is a medium bush type that produces delicious white spined fruits that are perfect for pickling or, hey, for cucumber salad! This variety has smaller, compact leaves that are great for growing in containers.

This recipe is impressive! Not only does it pack a flavor punch, but it also came together fast. I timed myself from start to finish, including asking my husband to open the bottle of dressing because the top felt glued on, and it only took me 14 minutes! That’s peeling, chopping, the dressing fiasco, mixing, covering, then placing in the fridge.

This is one of those dishes that benefits from some time in the fridge to allow all the flavors to develop and soak into the vegetables. I like it better after a few hours, but 30 minutes is enough if you just can’t wait. You can’t get much faster for a flavorful summer salad!

Cucumber Salad


  • 4 cucumbers
  • 1 package of cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 large purple onion, sliced
  • 3 banana peppers, sliced
  • 1 bottle Kraft Zesty Italian dressing


Peel and slice cucumbers and place them into an airtight container. Slice onion, tomatoes and banana peppers and add to cucumbers. Pour dressing over the cucumber mixture and place the lid on the container. Shake to coat vegetables. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Easy Peasy Pleasy Tips

  • I used jarred banana peppers in place of fresh ones.
  • Use your favorite zesty Italian dressing brand.
  • I cut my onion in half and then made thin slices.
  • Cherry tomatoes are small, so I decided to halve them rather than slice them. You can chop up your favorite garden tomatoes too.

Thank you to Kyle Vann for this amazing Cucumber Salad Recipe. There are over 800 recipes in the “What’s Cookin’ at First Security Vol. 2,” all submitted by employees and customers. Proceeds from the sales go to the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance to help feed people across the state. You can purchase the cookbooks for $20 at any First Security Bank location.

For more recipes from the cookbook, click here.

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Well-known Arkansas food writer and recipe creator Lacie Ring was born and raised right here in Arkansas. Although her husband’s military career took them around the world, he and Lacie settled back in their home state. Lacie blogs at www.easypeasypleasy.com where she creates easy and delicious recipes for busy families. She is also a recipe creator and food photographer for brands local to Arkansas and abroad. In her spare time, Lacie enjoys spending time with her son and husband camping and enjoying the outdoors.

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