How to Keep Cucumber Salad From Getting Watery

Cucumbers actually contain a lot of water. When you slice the cucumbers, the water will slowly drain from the produce. The water that expels from the cucumbers can ruin the texture of cucumber salad and make it watery. Soaking the cucumbers in a saltwater solution or coating them with kosher salt will draw out the excess water. Once you remove the excess water, the cucumbers will have a crispier and firmer texture.

Wash the ripe cucumbers under cool, running water.

Cut the cucumbers into thin slices.

Place a layer of cucumbers into a large bowl.

Sprinkle salt over the layer of cucumbers. Make another layer of cucumbers and sprinkle salt over them. Repeat the process until you run out of cucumbers.

Cover the bowl with cling film. Refrigerate the cucumbers overnight in the refrigerator.

Drain the expelled water from the cucumbers.

Prepare the cucumber salad according to your recipe.

Combine 10 cups of water with 1/4 cup of salt in a large bowl.

Soak the cucumbers in the saltwater solution for eight hours in the refrigerator.

Drain the cucumbers in a colander to remove the excess water.

Rinse the cucumbers with cool, running water.

Slice the cucumbers into thin round slices with a sharp knife.

Prepare the cucumber salad according to your recipe.


Try different varieties of cucumbers when you make your salad. Some varieties of cucumbers are Armenian, English, Kirby and garden.


Always wash cucumbers to remove dirt and harmful bacteria to prevent the risk of an illness.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Large bowls
  • Kosher salt
  • Cling film
  • Colander
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Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.