Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad takes my favorite summer cucumber salad and turns it into a delicious meal. Loaded with tender pasta, crisp juicy cucumbers, fresh dill and sweet white onion, this dish will be the hit of every potluck!
The recipe combines two of my favorite summer side dishes. Creamy Cucumber Salad meets pasta salad in this amazing side for a perfectly refreshing new summer staple! I love a good pasta salad, not only are they easy to make but they can usually be prepared well ahead of time making them the perfect potluck dish!
Fresh crisp cucumbers in a simple and creamy sauce loaded with dill from the garden is tossed with your favorite pasta. The dressing in this salad doesn’t have a lot of ingredients, but that’s really the beauty of this recipe!
If you have access to fresh dill, it really makes a huge difference in this salad. For a great twist you can also add in a handful of chopped tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes or a squeeze of lemon juice.
While it’s not required, soaking the onions in cold water for a few minutes takes just a little bit of bite out of them. When purchasing white onion for this recipe, you’ll want to be sure you’re getting the white onion with a white papery skin (not the yellow papery skin). The white onions are much milder and sweeter and won’t overpower the other ingredients in this recipe.
If possible try to toss this at least 1 hour before serving to allow the flavors to blend.
Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad
- 1 long english cucumber
- ½ pound medium sized pasta such as penne or rotini
- ½ sweet white onion
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- pepper to taste
- Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Set aside.
- Thinly slice onion and place in a bowl of cold water. (see note)
- Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Run under cold water to stop cooking.
- Cut cucumber in half lengthwise and remove seeds using a spoon. Slice into thin slices.
- Toss all ingredients in a large bowl. Let sit at least 40 minutes before serving.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Great cold pasta salads for the summer heat
I added shrimp.
Delicious and my 4 year old grandson loved it.
Thank you for sharing.
Oh, my goodness, this is very good! I’ve been searching for a pasta or macaroni salad loaded with cucumbers, and I have no idea why I didn’t see or notice this one before! Simple ingredients that just taste so good together.
I love cucumbers and go through quite a lot of them in the summer when the Amish family near us have them at their vegetable stand. When I grew my own, I was overwhelmed and tried to make pickles. The packages of dill pickle mix I tried were so disappointing. Then there were a couple recipes that didn’t work out so well either. I threw away more cucumbers that year …
Anyway, I am so glad I found this recipe! Definitely a new favorite! And definitely going to share it. Thank you so much!
This recipe is a must make!
Just found you a couple of months ago. Made several of your recipes and have loved them all. My family are picky eaters but cleaned there plates. Also recipes are very easy and quick. Thx Holly you made my life easier. ❤️
Thank you so much Shirley, I’m so glad you found me!! Happy Cooking!
I love this salad. I find it very refreshing. Fresh dill is a must. I peel my cucumbers. I also cut the onions into a little thicker slices and about half inch long. Penne pasta is just the right size. The first time I made this, I used a larger tubular pasta along with dried dill weed. Did not like it as much.
This a great salad recipe. I love this site!!!
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Absolutely delicious- refreshing, I followed recipe and it was a huge hit.
Very comforting dish. I added a bit of extra salt and onion powder, as well as a small drizzle of olive oil to help thin the consistency. White beans make a good addition to bulk it up, too.
Thank you so much was told I have high cholesterol totally need to change my eating habits.Whats really Good some ingredients have on hand not costly receipe
So happy we could help Glenda!
I love your pasta salads! We attend, & also host many backyard events throughout the summer months, so it’s nice to always have something different to make. I’m always asked for the recipe, but I can’t take the credit, so I refer my friends to your terrific blog. Thanks for the terrific recipes. It’s quite evident that you put a lot of time & effort into your cooking blog, and it’s truly appreciated by those of us who take pride in what we put on our table. :-)
Thank you so much Angelina! We are happy to share these tasty recipes from our table to yours.
Love the recipes on this site.
I am so happy I found your site ! This was the best and different pasta salad I’ve ever had . I added diced celery & cut up rotisserie chicken . And soaking the onion …. Perfect !!!
This was Delicious!
I also made your ambrosia salad !
Thank you for your awesome recipes!!!
Those additions sound delicious Linda! So glad we could help.