Mrs Allen started making this in Ballymaloe over 30 years ago , it is one of the most handy recipes to have in your repetoire; not only is it good in burgers and all kinds of sandwiches,but it is wonderful with cold sliced meats , smoked fish, and transforms a humble hard boiled egg and a chunk of cheddar into a feast.It is a pickle so even though it will lose it’s vibrant green colour, it will keep for weeks and weeks and weeks…


  • 900 g Cucumbers Thinly sliced

  • 3 small Onions thinly sliced

  • 350 g Sugar

  • 1 tablespoon Salt

  • 225 ml Cider Vinegar or white wine vinegar


  • 1.

    Mix the cucumber and onion in a large bowladd the sugarsalt and vinegar,and mix well to combine.

  • 2.

    Make 1 hour aheadif possible


**Mix the cucumber and onion in a large bowl, add the sugar, salt and vinegar, and mix well to combine. Make 1 hour ahead, if possible.

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Ann May 2013
Does it have to stay in the fridge and how long does it keep
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I made this recipe loads and gave it to my relatives as a Christmas gift. It was a huge hit and really easy to make. Everybody wants to know the recipe and what to use. Thanks Rachel!! Xxx
Posted by Report
My cucumber vines are overflowing and this is the best way of preserving them.
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We at lady grey tea room in Wendover serve this with our smoked salmon and smoked ham sandwiches. The customers absolutely love it