Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad

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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!

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!

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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!
Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad is bbq staple and always a potluck favorite! This easy dish is loaded with tender pasta, crisp juicy cucumbers, fresh dill and sweet white onion.

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.

Tried it loved, it! Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad combines tender pasta, crisp juicy cucumbers, fresh dill and sweet white onion in a simple creamy dressing.

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

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!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 long english cucumber
  • 1/2 lb medium sized pasta (such as penne or rotini)
  • 1/2 sweet white onion

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Set aside.
  2. Thinly slice onion and place in a bowl of cold water. (see note)
  3. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Run under cold water to stop cooking.
  4. Cut cucumber in half lengthwise and remove seeds using a spoon. Slice into thin slices.
  5. Toss all ingredients in a large bowl. Let sit at least 40 minutes before serving.

Notes:

Soaking the onions in cold water is optional but takes a bit of the “bite” out of the onion.

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

69 comments on “Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad”

  1. This a wonderful cucumber pasta salad. Everyone loved it including my very picky grandson. He asked me to make it again so this is the second time this week that I have made this recipe!

  2. Can I use regular cucumbers

    • That should work just fine Dave. You may want to pat them dry if they seem more watery than long english cucumbers.

  3. Hello! Firstly, I’d like to thank you for posting these yummy salads! You found me a cheap and easy lunch to make and will last the week (until my family steals them -_-) Secondly, would it taste good if I were to add chicken into this or the Dill Pickle salad? I’m a meat lover! Thank you!

  4. Made this one and your dill pickle one for the first time today. oMG ! Girl they are amazing!!! I want them for myself and just want to make tuna salad for them tomorrow. Lol

    Rating: 5
  5. This is absolutely delicious

  6. I added some chunks of rotisserie turkey breast. Nom nom nom…

    Rating: 5
  7. Made this for an office party and had so many compliments and a few coworkers even asked for the recipe. Glad I made it!

    Rating: 5
  8. We loved this salad. It has great flavor and was a perfect side for dinner. The dill and onion flavors are great with the light, refreshing taste of the cucumber. We will be making it again!

    Rating: 5
  9. Not nearly as good as it looks. Disappointed. Not sure how to fix. Will keep trying to find the right flavor

    Rating: 2
  10. Love the basis of this recipe. I added approx a teaspoon of Beau Monde spice & some leftover shrimp cocktail. Excellent!!

  11. I was wondering, would it matter if I left the seeds in the cucumber. I know it said you can remove the seeds with a spoon. I always eat my cucumbers with the seeds.

    • I have only made this recipe as written, so I am not sure how this would turn out. Should you decide to make it with the seeds, let me know how it turns out.

  12. I made this. LOVED it. I used bowtie pasta instead of penne. Still great. Used the “white onion” trick, and it made ALL the difference. You would be proud to put this on your table for every meal. If you want to cut calories, used low/no fat sour cream and mayo. Slice cherry toms in it to add that”splash” of color.

  13. Everything sounds so good. Can’t wait to try the pasta salads. Thanks.

  14. Hello. This looks delicious. I don’t have dill. Is there a substitute for dill? Thank you?

  15. That’s way more clever than I was exgneticp. Thanks!

  16. Love this! I just made it and I Is delicious, I had a cucumber going bad and didn’t know what to do with it- All the ingredients are things I have in my pantry.

    Also a great way to stretch some simple ingredients when you’re budgeting!

  17. I don’t love sour cream and I also don’t have any right now! Do you have a suggestion for a substitute or if I should change anything if I were to leave it out?? This looks so good and I can’t find any other cucumber pasta salad recipes!

  18. Just made this and eating it now. SO DELICIOUS. Had a bunch of cucumbers from a family member and didn’t know what to make, so glad we tried this! Definitely going to make again for a bbq side dish!! Thank you for sharing this!!!!

  19. This salad is insanely GOOD. Thank you so much for sharing! We will be adding this to our regular rotation.

  20. Love your salads big hit at my church.

  21. made the dill pickle one and it was a real hit. thanks to you

  22. the dill pickle pasta salad was awesome and so easy to make. going to try the Hawaiian pasta salad and the creamy cucumber pasta salad

  23. I have red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and rice vinegar..can I use one of those in place of the white vinegar?

  24. is a way i can Make the sauce vegan

  25. Holly,

    Will the salad with dessing hold up well if made the night before or will it become watery? I am making it for a pot luck birthday party tomorrow.

  26. Have made the dill pickle pasta salad 3 times in 2 weeks. It is to die for and doesn’t last more than 2 days in my household :D

  27. I don’t see how much pasta to cook.

  28. I just made the creamy cucumber pasta salad, and it is beyond yummy. I love it! I used a Vidalia onion. Thank you so much for this great recipe. 5 stars!

    Rating: 5
  29. This looks amazing! Do you think I can sub plain greek yogurt for the mayo and sour cream? (I’ve seen that substitution before in recipes.)

  30. On your creamy cucumber salad raw broccoli is also great with it .

  31. Salads look so good I need to try because I love all Ingredients
    For how long its can stay in refrigerator
    Thank you Holly

  32. Lovely salads Holly. Thank you

  33. This is summer in a bowl. Love it!

  34. This looks so summery and fresh and cool. Have printed recipe and heading to store first thing tomorrow. Can’t wait to try it.

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