Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  48
  • Protein  1 g
  • Carbohydrates  11 g
  • Fat  0 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  90 mg
  • Potassium  108 mg
  • Phosphorus  16 mg
  • Calcium  12 mg
  • Fiber  0.8 g

Sweet and Sour Cucumbers

Did you know that cucumber is a fruit? Commonly thought of as a vegetable, cucumbers have a light, fresh taste and readily absorb the flavors of other food and spices. Sandy, a DaVita renal dietitian from Colorado, teamed fresh cukes with onions and a sweet vinegar marinade to make Sweet and Sour Cucumbers. This lip-smacking, kidney-friendly salad has flavor in every bite.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Sandy from Colorado.

Portions: 6     Serving size: 1/2 cup


  • 3 medium cucumbers
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)


  1. Slice cucumbers and onions about 1/8-inch thick. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Combine sugar and vinegar. Mix until sugar is dissolved completely. Add additional sugar or vinegar to desired taste.
  3. Pour over cucumbers and onion. Add salt and pepper.
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set in refrigerator at least 2 hours.
  5. Serve in small salad bowls as a salad or snack.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 vegetable, low potassium
  • 1/2 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • The longer cucumbers and onions marinate, the softer they become and more flavors are absorbed also.
  • Sweet and Sour Cucumbers can be stored in a canning jar. Great for gifts.

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Sweet and Sour Cucumbers

caffish55 says:


What about using dill instead of salt & using sweetner instead of sugar? I love cucumbers & onions & I'm going to make it today. Thanks

Aug. 07, 2014, 8:47 AM - Inappropriate review?

Sweet and Sour Cucumbers

grannie1 says:


I made this yesterday and it was great really enjoyed it very much

Jun. 16, 2014, 8:42 AM - Inappropriate review?

Sweet and Sour Cucumbers

CharleneE says:


This was a great salad, made it for a family party and everyone loved it. I chopped up the leftovers and put on my salad the next day in place of salad dressing and it was awesome.

Aug. 18, 2013, 10:03 AM - Inappropriate review?

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