This wonderfully tangy, dill-infused Creamy Cucumber Salad is the perfect addition to any spring or summer potluck. It’s super easy to make, too!
This Creamy Cucumber Salad recipe is so simple to make and is the perfect lead-in for the spring and summer seasons. It’s light, creamy, perfectly tangy, and full of dill flavor, making it an amazingly well-rounded cold salad. Cucumber and red onion marinate in their natural juices before being tossed with creamy dreamy ingredients, resulting in a beautifully understated, yet colorful, aesthetic. It’s easy to throw together, too!
An interesting variation of Creamy Cucumber Salad is a creamy cucumber salad with mayo and milk. Maybe it sounds a little strange at first, but this creamy cucumber salad no dill has a dreamy lusciousness all its own.
Another unique variation of Creamy Cucumber Salad is a creamy cucumber salad with mayo and sour cream recipe. It also offers that signature moistness that mayo provides. The recipe features the sour cream zing factor, in addition to the tangy flavor of vinegar.
Now, we’re gonna get really decadent with this one – creamy cucumber salad with miracle whip! Yep! I went there. This recipe is loved by kiddos and many of the rest of us btw. It’s still light, but it’s also fluffy! How fun is that?!
Also, if you’re not that big of vinegar, you can always make creamy cucumber salad without vinegar by substituting fresh lemon juice as the marinade for the “cukes”.
Now, let’s talk summer, with its balmy nights and endless days, and how refreshing cold salads have earned their status as perfect dishes for this season.
A beautiful rendition of a classic Southern favorite is my 7 Layer Salad. A bonafide showstopper, for sure, with its plethora of textures and colors.
Now, for an Italian take on the cold salad – my Antipasto Salad. Listen to this combo: olives, salami, mozzarella, tomato, basil, and pepperoncinis. Al dente rigatoni pasta and a delightful vinaigrette. Yumm-my!
Another classic favorite is our Three Bean Salad. This colorful combo of beans (with my own little touches) provides a lot of tangy, and a little bit of sweet.
Have you tried my Portillo’s Chopped Salad? A few unique twists of course…Fresh veges, pasta, chicken and…..drum roll please! Bacon! DId I mention the dressing. Mmmm
Another Mediterranean-inspired cool and refreshing delight is my Mediterranean Salad. It offers the opportunity to use it as a basic recipe to build on, and can be morphed into a main dish.
How Do You Make Creamy Cucumber Salad?
Using a knife or a mandolin, thinly slice the cucumbers and the onion, toss with salt, cover, and place in the fridge to drain (preferably overnight). Be sure you don’t skip this step – read my Recipe Notes to find out why this process is so important.
Mix together the ingredients for the dressing and when the cucumbers have been relieved of their moisture, combine and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours to marry the flavors.
A simple dressing gives a boost to all the delicious and refreshing flavor of the crunchy and cool cucumbers. Even though cucumber salad tastes great with just vinegar and salt, my creamy cucumber salad with sour cream and mayo elevates this simple salad to new heights.
Ingredients You’ll Need To Make Creamy Cucumber Salad:
Our star in this salad, is, of course, thinly sliced English cucumbers! Red onions, also thinly sliced so that they don’t overpower the more delicate cucumbers, act as the supporting cast. Then a creamy blend of sour cream, mayonnaise, vinegar, and fresh chopped dill create a glorious, creamy blend that’s refreshing, light and flavorful. Season it with black pepper, salt and sugar, and SHA-Bang! You’ve got the perfect side dish for your next barbecue, Sunday Supper or family dinner.
Step By Step Overview: How To Prepare Creamy Cucumber Salad
1. Cut onion in half, then slice thinly. Cut the slices into 1-inch pieces.
2. Slice cucumber thinly.
3. Place sliced cucumbers and onions in a bowl. Add salt.
4. Transfer to a colander and place over a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to drain for 4 hours or overnight. Throw out the liquid that’s accumulated in the bowl. Layout cucumbers in between thick paper towels to drain excess liquid.
5. Meanwhile, in a separate container, add mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, black pepper, and dill. Add vinegar.
6. Mix well. Add the cucumbers to the mayonnaise mixture and toss to coat well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
How Do You Make Creamy Cucumber Salad Dressing?
You can make a creamy version of the cucumber salad by adding sour cream, mayo, and fresh dill into the mix. In my Recipe Notes, you’ll see why using fresh dill is so important.
More Delicious Cucumber Salad Recipes:
Cool off with these easy, breezy cucumber salad recipes!
Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad
Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad is light, bright, simple, and fresh! It’s a great base recipe to build on, too. An inspired Mediterranean feast.
Cucumber Tomato Salad
Cucumber Tomato Salad is a crisp and colorful combination of beautiful garden delights! And, it’s got mozzarella, to boot!
Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad
Another crisp and refreshing dish, Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad is a breeze to make, and always adds a colorful, garden-fresh look to any potluck table.
Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad
Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad…Mmm! Mmm! I don’t know who invented the triple crown of ingredients in this Greek-inspired cold salad, but I wish I could give credit where credit is due! Three peas in a pod!
Cucumber Dill Salad
Cucumber Dill Salad is incredibly simple, and it can just stay that way! Creamy + dill + cucumber = delightful! This creamy cucumber salad with sour cream confidently exudes a “less is more” attitude.
Cucumber Onion Salad
Sometimes monochromatic is beautiful, and Cucumber Onion Salad really knows how to work that look! And, packs a lot of flavor, too!
Cucumber Avocado Salad
Cucumber Avocado Salad is an absolutely beautiful salad that features natural creaminess from the avocado, making it a very healthy creamy cucumber salad.
German Cucumber Salad
German Cucumber Salad, aka Gurkensalat, is a classic sweet, tangy, and creamy cold salad that’ll knock your socks off with a very special, secret ingredient! When made traditionally, this recipe fits the bill for creamy cucumber salad keto.
Asian Cucumber Salad
Asian Cucumber Salad combines several perfectly compatible Asian-inspired ingredients to create the layers of flavor that make this salad worthy of its title. It’s absolutely loaded with tastiness, but still offers refreshing simplicity.
Thai Cucumber Salad
Spicy, nutty, sweet, and tangy. These are all the wonderful flavors you can expect from Thai Cucumber Salad. This is a potluck dish that you can bet won’t be duplicated. You’ll stand out from the crowd with this one!
Japanese Cucumber Salad
For this Japanese Cucumber Salad, the cucumbers go through a signature process, and the basic, classic dish features seaweed. There are variations of this recipe, that include the addition of cooked octopus bites, Shirasu, or Chirimen.
Watermelon Cucumber Salad
It just keeps on gettin’ better! Watermelon Cucumber Salad combines two ingredients that both scream summer and garden-fresh! Then, feta and mint make this an exquisite choice for potlucks, that will certainly dazzle everyone present!
More Of Salad Recipes…
- Authentic Hawaiian Salad
- Southern Macaroni Salad
- Tortellini Salad
- Strawberry Cheesecake Salad
- Strawberry Salad
- Marinated Tomato Salad
Recipe Notes For Cucumber Salad:
Don’t skip the salt soak. Water follows salt (think “Osmosis“). Adding salt to cucumbers, zucchini, etc. will help dry them out. So don’t skip the salting of the cucumbers and onions! This step draws out moisture so that the veggies don’t release it into your creamy dressing and water it down, leaving you with a runny mess.
Fresh is best. Sometimes dried dill works really well in recipes; in fact, I use it all the time. But NOT in this creamy cucumber salad with dill recipe! Fresh dill makes a distinct difference in this recipe. The “rule of thumb” is to use 3 times the amount of fresh herbs than you would dried herbs, which of course have a concentrated flavor.
Enjoy the English. English cucumbers are often called hothouse or even seedless cucumbers. They are longer and thinner than regular cucumbers. They usually have ridges or lumps not smooth like their counterparts. They are usually wrapped in plastic where their relatives are waxed and unwrapped. Their seeds are underdeveloped and usually unnoticeable. Their skin is thinner ergo more edible, much less bitter.
Why white wine? White wine vinegar is known to be less acidic and milder than cider or white distilled vinegar. As such, it works with sauces, salad dressings, and marinades. Try other kinds of vinegar like red wine vinegar, Note: (it may change the color of your dish, and it has a slightly stronger taste), rice, champagne, or cider vinegar. The acidity levels of these kinds of vinegar will vary, so adjust the amount accordingly.
Sugar substitute. If you’re trying to cut down on added sugar, you can use your favorite artificial sweetener. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the container to determine the amount needed to mimic the sugar.
Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe
I really hope you make this Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe and enjoy how simple and flavorful it is as much as I do! Drop me a line in the comments below and let me know how it went!
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Creamy Cucumber Salad
- 4 English cucumbers
- 1 cup red onions thinly sliced
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1/2 cup fresh dill chopped
- Place the sliced cucumbers and red onions in a bowl. Toss with 1 1/2 tablespoon salt until evenly coated. Transfer to a colander and place over a bowl.
- Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to drain for 4 hours or overnight. Throw out the liquid that's accumulated in the bowl.
- In a mixing bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, sugar, black pepper, dill and 2 teaspoons salt until evenly combined.
- Layout cucumbers in a single layer on a thick layer of paper towels then top them with a second layer of paper towels. Press lightly to remove any extra moisture.
- Add the cucumbers to the mayonnaise mixture and toss to coat well. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 2-4 hours to allow flavors to marry.
- When ready to serve, taste for seasoning (I added 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and tossed). Best served cold.
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