Creamy Cucumber Salad


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Creamy Cucumber Salad is refreshing and has been a summertime staple as long as I can remember. Crisp cucumbers and fresh summery dill all tossed in a simple sour cream dressing.

Perfect for any BBQ or potluck, this dish takes just minutes to make and is the perfect side dish next to grilled chicken or ribs!

A bowl of creamy cucumber salad on a cutting board.

Cucumber Salad is a delicious summery blend of cucumbers, dill and sour cream! As far back as I can remember, this Creamy Cucumber Salad has been served at every barbecue or picnic my family has hosted! One of the best things about this easy recipe is how quick it is to make!

How to Make Cucumber Salad

This creamy cucumber salad starts with fresh crisp cucumbers.  While it’s optional, I sometimes scrape out the seeds of the cucumbers to keep the salad from getting watery. This step is totally optional and if you’re using smaller cucumbers, it’s not necessary to scrape them.

Adding white onions to this cucumber salad adds great flavor.  When choosing onions for this recipe, you’ll want the onion with the white papery skin (not the yellow skin) as they’re a little bit milder.  Thinly slice the onion and soak it in cold water while preparing.  This takes off a little bit of bite from the onion.

We’ve always made the dressing for this cucumber salad has always been made with sour cream, a dab of mayonnaise and a hint of vinegar for some tang.  In most other applications, I substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream (like on my baked potatoes or to top my favorite chicken fajitas) and it works wonderfully in this recipe.  You can use either but Greek Yogurt is loaded with protein so if I have it I use that!

If you prefer a Cucumber Salad with a Vinegar Style Dressing, you can simply replace the dressing in this recipe with:

  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt & pepper

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This Creamy Cucumber salad with dill is the perfect quick and easy side for any barbecue or picnic! You can use greek yogurt or sour cream for a delicious side everyone will love!
4.25 from 4 votes
Review Recipe

CREAMY CUCUMBER SALAD

Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Cucumber salad is refreshing and has been a summertime staple as long as I can remember. Perfect for any BBQ or potluck, this dish takes just minutes to make!

Ingredients

  • 2 long english cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise or dressing
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill chopped
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • salt to taste
  • Optional: 1/3 cup sliced white onion

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Instructions

  1. Peel the cucumbers and cut in half lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds if desired and slice into 1/4″ slices.
  2. Combine all dressing ingredients and toss with cucumbers.
  3. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 77, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 47mg, Potassium: 141mg, Carbohydrates: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 5.6%, Vitamin C: 4.2%, Calcium: 3.1%, Iron: 1.8%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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This Creamy Cucumber salad is the perfect quick and easy side for any barbecue or picnic! You can use greek yogurt or sour cream for a delicious side everyone will love!

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  1. I thought the vinegar was way overpowering. I added more sour cream and mayo to tone down the vinegar but didn’t use all the dressing. Next time I would do only one tablespoon of vinegar.

  2. You can actually just make it really easily with only cucumbers and sour cream. Maybe a little salt and pepper.  We’ve been doing it in our family for years

        1. You can find this in the refrigerated herb section at most grocery stores. Ask someone in the produce section for help :) Enjoy!

  3. Love the simplicity of this. Made it as written but also like how I can adapt it and substitute herbs I have on hand and it is still refreshing. I like how the dressing has very little sugar. I usually make with salmon as an accompaniment. Thanks!

  4. I made this today, but I added celery, yellow bell pepper and frozen peas, I also didn’t peel the cucumbers…delicious!

    1. I did yesterday and it turned out great, next time I am gonna try salting the cucumbers and putting them in a colander over a bowl then let them drain overnight then make the salad after they have drained!!! Of course you drink or pour out the liquid !!!

  5. Wish whenever recipes were posted on FB, nutrition would be shown also, a lot of people are on different diets, would be very helpful….Thank You

  6. I just love your recipes. I’m a visual person, so I really like the videos to go along with the recipes. I have been making at least 1 new recipe a week. These recipes are easy and taste amazing. Thank you! Happy Holidays

  7. This was delish. I had to change it a bit due to what I had on hand. I used half Greek yogurt and 1/2 sour cream a bit of ranch dressing because I had no mayo and dried dill. It was soo good and I will be making it again, thanks for the recipe

  8. Made this yesterday & it was a hit! All gone so making another batch today! Added a dash of garlic too! Thanks for this simple, yummy, healthy recipe!

  9. What are “english” cucumbers rather than just regular cucumbers? Never seen that sign in grocery store.

    1. The seeds are smaller, the skin is thinner and the flavor is milder. They’re also known as hothouse, greenhouse or seedless cucumbers.

  10. I just made this and when it get really cold is is going to be AMAZING!!! I didn’t have fresh dill, and I didn’t know the ratio for fresh and dried, and I used Splenda instead of sugar…I cannot wait for this to get cold!!!

  11. Just made it! Crisp refreshing and delicious.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Next time I’m making double the serving size, to have more for seconds!

    1. This recipe doesn’t store very long. While it will still taste good the sauce may become runny. I would suggesting making it on the day you plan to serve it.

  12. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is a Top Ten this week on Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  13. Hi there Friend, you are so creative! Thank you for joining in at the Friday Favorites Link Party! I hope to see you there this week:) Christine -Must Love Home

  14. Hi there! Visiting from the All Things Thursday link party. This looks so delicious and refreshing! For some reason, I’ve been having a hard time finding dill at my local stores lately, but when I get my hands on some, I’m going to give this a try! Thanks for sharing!

    1. You can skip the mayo in this recipe if you prefer, it just adds a little bit of extra creaminess but I’ve made it without as well!

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    2. I use yogurt, & sour cream (can use lite version of sour cream). Sorry I don’t have exact measurements. I can try it and tweet it just right. Can use dry dill. Make sure to rub the dry herb between your hand/ palms to bring out the oils.
      My family like cayenne pepper…. Some back pepper. SO tend to use a ‘bit of red and a smaller bit of fine ground black or white pepper. Let it sit for at least 1/2 hour or hour. If its dry dill i would let it sit for at least an hour. Stir. Can add more sour cream, dill, pepper, or even a bit of sugar;”after you have a taster.

    1. Your recipe reminds me of ”tarator”- it’s a bulgarian cold soup with cucumbers, yoghurt, water, walnuts, garlic and dill. It’s great for hot summer days and I can’t wait for summer to come, so I can have my tarator!

      1. my dad is Bulgarian and I am trying to put together a full meal for him. do u have any recipes for me??? my dad is sick and I thought this would be wonderful for him, but I cannot find recipes from Bulgaria..