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Poor Man’s Pickle Recipe

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If you don’t have the energy, the time, or the resources to make your own canned pickles, I have the solution for you! Pickles are cucumbers that have been pickled in a vinegar or salt water solution. It usually takes at least 24 hours before you can enjoy them, hence the time dilemma. You also need other tools for the canning process.

If you have a surplus of cucumbers coming out of your summer garden, make this Poor Man’s Pickle Recipe to be used as a quick side dish tonight! Make sure to check out our other Side Dish Recipes while you’re here!

cucumbers on a cutting board

Start by peeling and slicing some cucumbers. You can use pickling cucumbers or you can use regular cucumbers for this. That’s another advantage of this recipe.

Sliced cucumbers in a dish with vinegar in the background

Add these sliced cucumbers to a glass dish. I like to use a glass dish because you’re going to be serving them out of this dish and I’m extra. Use plastic if you want, but I always use glass. Totally your preference.

Someone pouring vinegar into a dish of sliced cucumbers

Next, you’re going to add enough vinegar to cover the bottom of the dish. You can add more vinegar later if you wish.

Someone adding water to a dish of sliced cucumbers

After you add your vinegar, fill the rest of the dish with plain water.

A dish of sliced cucumbers with vinegar and the cucumber peels in the background

We usually like to add about a quarter of a sliced onion also but I didn’t have any onions this day. Fresh cracked black pepper is the other thing that we add to this dish.

Then you’re just going to pop this into the refrigerator for about an hour so they are nice and chilled for you to enjoy with dinner.

This is a great side dish to have with our Air Fried Grilled Chicken!

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sliced cucumbers in a dish with water and vinegar added

Poor Man's Pickle Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Don't have time to make your own pickles with all those cucumbers you're getting from the garden? Make this simple "pickle" recipe to have as a side dish with dinner tonight!


  • Cucumbers
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Sliced onion (optional)
  • Pepper (Optional)


  1. Wash and peel 2 to 3 medium sized cucumbers (depending on your family size)
  2. Slice the cucumbers and add them to a glass dish
  3. Add enough vinegar to cover the bottom of the dish
  4. Add double the amount of water to fill the remaining space in the dish
  5. Add 1/4 of sliced onion to the cucumbers (optional)
  6. Add some fresh cracked pepper
  7. Let this sit in the fridge for about an hour
  8. Enjoy as a side dish with dinner!


You can add more vinegar if you like more tartness.

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