Our creamy cucumber salad is the perfect blend of sweet, a little sour, and creamy! Crisp and tangy, the texture and flavors are absolutely fantastic!

Creamy Cucumber Salad garnished with fresh dill on top on a rectangular serving dish

This creamy cucumber salad is a great way to use up your garden cucumbers in a delightfully delicious way.

When the weather’s warm you want to be playing outside so easy meals are often the ticket? And of course, to keep things cool you want to minimize heat from the oven. Time to enjoy that fresh beautiful summer produce.

This creamy cucumber salad is one you’ll want in your food rotation. It’s good for you, easy to put together, and keeps well as it can be made a few days ahead of serving. Really convenient for a busy schedule. Bring on the potluck or party…

It pairs perfectly with spicy meats, chicken, and drier meats because the creaminess of this salad helps add extra fat and moisture to any cut of meat. Try some salmon, simply grilled, with this tangy and refreshing cucumber salad served on top of the fish.

Because creamy cucumber salads are light and refreshing, they’re perfect for summer months or cookouts at any time of year.

How do you make a 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.

WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

  • This Dressing Is Amazingly Creamy!
  • The Blend Of Ingredients Is Spot On Refreshing.
  • Fresh Dill, Dill, Dill! Love It <3
  • Great Side Dish With Just About Any Warm Weather Main Dish!

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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.

Mixing Creamy Cucumber Salad ingredients in a shallow bowl

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.

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How To Make Creamy Cucumber Salad Collage

Step By Step Overview: How To Prepare Creamy Cucumber Salad

1. Cut onion in half, then slice thinly.
2. Cut the slices into 1-inch pieces.
3. Slice cucumber thinly.
4. Place sliced cucumbers and onions in a bowl. Add salt.
5. Mix. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours,

6. Meanwhile, in a separate container, add mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, black pepper, and dill.
7. Add vinegar.
8. Mix well.

Spoonful of Creamy Cucumber Salad

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Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe

Our creamy cucumber salad is the perfect blend of sweet, a little sour, and creamy! Crisp and tangy, the texture and flavors are absolutely fantastic!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 People
Calories 279 kcal
Author Kathleen

Ingredients

  • 4 English Cucumbers
  • 1 Cup Red Onions Thinly Sliced
  • Salt
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 2 Tablespoon White Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Dill Chopped

Instructions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. In a mixing bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, sugar, black pepper, dill and 2 teaspoons salt until evenly combined.

  4. 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. 

  5. 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. 

  6. 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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Nutrition Facts
Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Potassium 322mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 11.6%
Vitamin C 10.2%
Calcium 7%
Iron 4.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Creamy Cucumber Salad garnished with fresh dill on top on a rectangular serving dish

Recipe Notes For Creamy 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.

Is cucumber salad good for you?

Bottom line, yes they are good for you. They are rich in vital nutrients, antioxidants, and plant compounds.  Proponents claim these compounds can treat even prevent various illnesses.

Plus they are both low in calories, and high in water-soluble fiber which makes them an ideal food for both weight loss, and hydration.

Interesting side note cucumbers are a fruit, not a vegetable…

Let’s face it, there’s a lot to like about this unique green fruit.

Creamy Cucumber Salad garnished with fresh dill on top on a rectangular serving dish

More Of Our Favorite Salad Recipes……….

Three Bean Salad
Antipasto Salad
Authentic Hawaiian Salad
Classic Macaroni Salad
Tortellini Salad
7 Layer Salad
Strawberry Cheesecake Salad
Portillo’s Chopped Salad 

Summer Veggie Salad Variations:

For a fun twist, try my crisp and colorful Cucumber Tomato Salad that incorporates salty bits of mozzarella and a tangy balsamic vinaigrette.

Don’t have cucumbers on hand but still in the mood for a refreshing salad?  Check out my Marinated Tomato Salad. It’s fresh and light and every bite taste like summer!

If you’re not a fan of mayo, you can make a creamy cucumber salad with sour cream without the mayo. Just use 2 cucumbers and omit the mayo or use the 4 cucumbers and add 2 cups of sour cream.

Another delicious version is creamy cucumber salad with mayo and milk.  Simply swap out the sour cream with your favorite type of milk.

If you prefer the taste of yogurt, you can make a creamy cucumber salad with Greek yogurt. I’ve found that using 2% plain Greek yogurt without the sour cream or mayo results in a salad that is simply not as creamy.

If you prefer a sweeter, spicier flavor, try creamy cucumber salad with miracle whip, just swap out regular mayo with miracle whip to taste.

For those of you on a diet consisting of low carb vegetables, whip up a creamy cucumber salad keto version.  You can just use cucumbers, mayo, lemon juice and salt and pepper.  Serve it with a frittata for a super-fast and easy ketogenic meal.

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