Creamy Cucumber Salad – Spend With Pennies

Creamy cucumber salad is a dish I grew up with; it brings back memories of dinners at my Grandma Mary’s house.

This summertime staple is a fresh addition to any picnic, barbecue, or potluck with crisp cucumbers, fresh dill, and a simple sour cream dressing.

This easy recipe is fast to prepare with ingredients you likely have on hand.

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Ingredients in Cucumber Salad

Cucumbers – Use long English cucumbers or Persian cucumbers for this recipe as have thinner skins and don’t require peeling (although you can peel them if you prefer).

Field cucumbers can have tough skins, so they should be peeled (or peel some strips). The seeds in field cucumbers are larger and can be scraped out with a spoon.

Onions – Sweet white onion or red onion is optional but adds great flavor to this cucumber salad. Thinly slice the onion and soak it in cold water while preparing the salad to take off a little bit of bite from the onion.

Variations – This salad is great with fresh garden herbs like basil and dill. Chop up your favorites and stir them in.

Dressing – Making this cucumber salad dressing is easy. Combine sour cream, mayo, vinegar, seasonings, and a touch of sugar. You can replace sour cream with plain Greek yogurt if you’d like.

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How to Make Creamy Cucumber Salad

The best cucumber salad recipe is one that is simple so the cucumbers really shine.

  1. With a sharp knife or mandolin, slice the cucumber ¼-inch thick. Thinly slice the onion if adding per the recipe below.
  2. Whisk the dressing ingredients in a bowl and toss with the cucumbers, onion and dill.
  3. Refrigerate one hour before serving. Garnish with additional chopped dill.

To Make Cucumber Salad Ahead

This recipe can be made 4 or 5 hours in advance for the best flavor; this way, the cucumbers stay crisp!

If you’d like to make it further ahead, slice the cucumbers and onions if using, and store them separately from the dressing in an airtight container. Combine the two an hour before serving.


Creamy cucumber salad will up to 2 to 3 days in the fridge. Drain any juices before serving, and add a little bit of extra sour cream if needed.

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Creamy Cucumber Salad

Enjoy the refreshing combination of crisp cucumbers, fresh dill, and a simple sour cream dressing.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Refrigerate 1 hour

Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

  • Wash the cucumber and cut it into slices ¼-inch thick.

  • In a large bowl, whisk the sour cream, mayonnaise, dill, vinegar, sugar and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

  • Add the cucumbers and onions if using and gently toss well to coat.

  • Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

  • Taste and season with additional salt and pepper and sprinkle with fresh additional dill if desired.

If using field cucumbers, peel them and scrape out the seeds with a spoon.
Additional fresh herbs like basil, parsley, and dill can be added.
Store leftover salad in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. Drain any juices and stir before serving. 

Calories: 77 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 282IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
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