How do I make my cucumbers crisp?

To crisp up cucumber and remove excess water, use salt and ice water. Sprinkle with salt, place on a bag of ice water for several hour, and drain water.

How do you keep cucumber salad from getting watery?

Salting the Cucumbers

To remove the water from the cucumber without greatly affecting the taste or texture, sprinkle salt on the cut pieces of cucumber. The salt encourages the cucumber to leach out excess liquid, reducing the risk that you’ll end up with a watery salad.

Why are cucumbers salted?

The salt makes the cucumbers taste better and get rid of excess water, which can dilute the dressing. You see, cucumbers are made mostly of water. By salting them, we draw out excess water before tossing with the dressing.