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Creamy cucumber salad recipe

Creamy cucumber salad recipe

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The secret to this summery salad - use kitchen roll to dry the cucumbers really well.

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IngredientsServes: 8

  • 3 cucumbers
  • 1 onion, cut into very thin slices
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 450ml (16 fl oz) soured cream

MethodPrep:15min ›Ready in:15min

  1. Peel cucumbers, leaving a little on for colour, and slice by hand as thin as possible. Dry slices with paper towels.
  2. Place dried cucumber slices in a large bowl with onion slices. Generously season with salt and pepper. Toss well and let sit 10 minutes; drain any excess liquids.
  3. Toss cucumbers and onions in with enough soured cream to coat. Refrigerate until well chilled. Stir, and season with salt and pepper to taste if needed.

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by 4n20blackbirds

Something else.I have made this before but I always soak my cucumbers and onions in salt water overnight until they are limp. The salt from the water doesn't add too much saltiness but I'd leave out the salt when mixing in the soured cream. Yes they must be very dry when mixing in the soured cream so draining them for a couple of hours after soaking is essential. The salad is very watery otherwise. I also have added a little dill when mixing in the soured cream. This seems like a lot of work but it's really not. Just some planning and a couple of minutes cutting and draining and then you let them sit in the refrigerator the rest of the time. Makes a very tasty elegant salad. This is still a DELICIOUS salad and I've been making it a lot lately because cucumbers are cheap and abundant. It's a good way to use up a lot of cucumbers. A few slices on a tossed salad just doesn't use up enough. Right now serving for serving, an all cucumber salad is cheaper than lettuce too. I have since tried a scant amount of thyme instead of the dill. This is good. I've tried the paprika but I won't again. It doesn't add much to the flavour and it gives it a pinkish colour I don't care for. I have however taken to mixing equal parts mayo and soured cream.-24 Jul 2008

by LYNNE119

This is a good recipe. My gran makes this too.-24 Jul 2008


I really like this recipe!! It was so fast and easy and everyone loved it at our dinner table. I will be using it often. Thanks Jill M. !!-24 Jul 2008

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad is a delicious, easy, Keto and WW-friendly salad recipe that’s good for you too.

I love this salad for its simplicity. Cucumber-based salads are crunchy and satisfying, and they are usually pretty easy to make (like my Tomato, Cucumber and Basil Salad). There is a short list of seven easy-to-find ingredients for this salad, and all ingredients are bright and fresh. If you’re stuck in a rut of making green leaf salads, it’s time to try something new!

This recipe comes from The Dirty, Lazy, Keto, No-Time-To-Cook Cookbook by Stephanie Laska. This is a cookbook filled with 100 easy-to-make Keto recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less. If you’re following the “Keto” way of eating, this book is a must-have for your cookbook shelf!

Here are a few recipes in the book that have caught my eye: Delivery Donuts, Shortcut Cinnamon Toast Sticks, Thai Time Crunch Salad, Minestrone Zippy Zoodle Soup, Deviled Avocados, Vietnamese Spring Rolls to Go, Taco Pizza, Zucchini Zoom Zoom Bread, Broccoli Alfredo, Sriracha Brussels Sprouts, Presto Chicken Parmesan, Snappy Stuffed Salmon and Barely Any Work Beef and Broccoli Bowl. There are even desserts and drinks! Caramel Macchiato, Fast Fudge and Crash Course Chocolate Chip Cookies are on my Keto list!

Creamy German Cucumber Salad Recipe

This salad is a staple in Germany where it is known as Cremiger Gurkensalat (creamy cucumber salad). You’ll find it on practically ever restaurant menu and in every German home. There are two popular versions: German Cucumber Salad made with oil and vinegar and this Creamy German Cucumber Salad made with sour cream and/or yogurt. I love this salad served with any kind of meat, fish, with a sandwich, or simply with some good crusty bread.

You’ll love the creamy, crunchy textures and the wonderfully fresh flavors!

For consistency and flavor there are two important keys to making this salad:

  • Salt the sliced cucumbers and let them sit for about 30 minutes before proceeding. This will draw out the water from the cucumbers so that you end up with a watery salad when it’s finished.
  • Let the finished cucumber salad chill in the fridge for about 2 hours (longer if you’re using dried herbs). This will allow the flavors to fully develop.

This recipe allows for flexibility for tailoring to your own taste. If you prefer you can omit the garlic and/or onions. You can also substitute chives and/or parsley for the dill. But if you’ve never tried it with dill I highly recommend it. It’s the traditionally used herb for a reason – it’s SO good in this cool, creamy, crunchy cucumber salad!

If you don’t have fresh dill you can use dried (use about 1/4 of the amount) and just be sure to let the salad chill for a few hours as dried herbs will take more time to release their flavors.

Another substitution you can make is to use all yogurt instead of sour cream. If you do make that substitute I recommend whole milk yogurt or Greek yogurt.

Place the sliced cucumbers in a bowl and toss with the teaspoon of salt. Let sit for about 30 minutes then drain thoroughly. Add the sliced onions to the cucumbers.

Place all remaining ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine.

Pour the dressing over the cucumbers and onions and stir to combine. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Cover and chill for at least 2 hours (4 hours if using dried herbs) before serving.

Serve as an accompaniment to any meat, poultry or fish or enjoy with a sandwich or good crusty bread.

Serve this German Cucumber Salad with any meat, poultry or fish. Some delicious examples include:

What Is Polish Cucumber Salad?

Creamy Cucumber Salad is served cold in Poland and is known to locals as Mizeria. The name translates to “misery’ in Polish. There are two theories behind the name:

  1. Poor Polish peasants that lived in misery, enthusiastically consumed this cold salad each summer.
  2. Queen Bona Sforza, an Italian princess who married Polish King Sigismund I in the 16th century was homesick for Italy and cried whenever she was served a Polish cucumber salad.

The Italian queen is also credited for bringing a greater variety of vegetables and fruit to Poland. The popularity of her Italian imports soon spread beyond the secret garden at Wawel Castle in Krakow. Apparently the Polish word for vegetables means “things from Italy” because of the new plants the Queen brought with her to Poland.

The popular Polish salad consists of thinly sliced or grated cucumbers, sour cream, fresh dill, onion and an acid like lemon juice or vinegar. Polish cooks balance the final dish with salt and cracked pepper.

The national Polish side dish is usually served alongside a meaty main course. It is one of the most recognizable salads in Poland, often served alongside other regional and seasonal vegetarian dishes such as potato, beet and carrot.

Our Polish Cucumber Salad recipe is gluten free, vegetarian and keto friendly.

Slice cucumber in a food processor. Combine salad ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Best Way To Cut Cumbers For A Cold Salad

The goal of making this easy and creamy cold salad is to cut the cucumber as thinly as possible. Some cooks working under time constraints might even shred the cucumber with a cheese grater, which is perfectly fine as well!

Our favourite method for preparing Polish Cucumber Salad is to use a food processor. Use a thin blade attachment and within seconds an entire cucumber will be transformed into paper-thin slices you can almost see through.

You can also use a mandolin or French knife if you enjoy slicing manually. If slicing cucumbers in your kitchen just remember to use a sturdy cutting board so you don’t slice yourself.

Once the cucumber is sliced you’ll see our recipe below indicates you need to add salt. The addition of salt to sliced fruit or vegetables forces water to retreat from the damaged cell membranes. After letting the cucumber sit in salt for a few minutes you can easily drain it in a colander or with a cheese cloth.

It is said that over 95% of a cucumber is made up of water so letting the fresh slices rest in salt allows a lot of the moisture to leach out. This will ensure the cold cucumber salad is creamy rather than watery.

How To Make Homemade Sour Cream

We’ve used store bought full fat sour cream in this recipe but if you’re keen to get creative in the kitchen you might want to make your own from scratch.

Homemade sour cream is simple to make with an ingredients list that typically includes heavy cream, an acid like lemon juice or vinegar and milk. If you’ve got a carton of cream in your fridge that you’re looking to use up, preparing sour cream is a great way to use it up and incorporate into our Polish cucumber salad.

Use a wooden spoon to mix cold Polish cucumber salad.

A Delicious Summer Side Dish

Hi guys! It’s Chris here, founder of Celebrations At Home blog, where you’ll find inspiration for stylish entertaining, party ideas, and recipes & diy’s to pull it all together.

Today I’m sharing a delicious summer side dish that will put that fresh produce to good use.

This creamy crunchy cucumber salad recipe is cool and refreshing and perfect for those warm nights. It’s a terrific dish to take to a potluck party or BBQ cookouts.

But let’s not forget about all-year long meals… this would also work as the perfect side dish for steak or even this Baked Salmon in Foil!

This creamy salad also lends itself well as a cooling side dish to spicy foods like Indian cuisine. It’s reminiscent of tzatziki sauce (or Benedictine for my Southern friends) so it pairs well with Greek food too. With all these options there’s no excuse not to make this salad!

Pro Tip: To keep the creamy cucumber salad chilled during a party, fill a large bowl with ice and nestle the serving bowl on top of it.

Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe

I love the flavor of fresh vegetables in the summertime. If you’ve planted a garden and have cucumbers and/or radishes to pick, by all means make this salad. If you’ve planted dill then you get bonus points!

Prepare the Cucumbers

The first thing you’ll need to do is prepare your cucumbers. If you don’t drain the moisture from them with this first step, your salad will get very “liquid-y” after about a day. If you’re going to be eating the creamy cucumber salad right away it’s not that big of a deal but if you’re hoping to have leftovers or taking it to a potluck party you’ll want to do this step.

All you have to do is slice your cucumbers as directed and sprinkle with salt. Toss them together in a bowl and set aside for about 30 minutes. When ready, you’ll drain the liquid and press the cucumbers dry with a paper towel and you’re ready to go.

Fresh Vegetable Salad Recipe

While the cucumbers are set aside you can slice your radishes and prepare the creamy dressing.

Once you’ve prepared your dressing and drained the cucumbers, you can mix everything together, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour so the flavors can fully combine. The marriage of cucumbers, cream sauce, and dill are classic and delicious. The addition of the radishes gives extra crunch which I particularly love.

Perfect BBQ Side Dish Recipe

If you want to add variety to your barbecue party, add this fresh and creamy cucumber salad recipe to the table. It’s a nice addition to other classic sides like pasta and potato salad. It goes with burgers, chicken, steak, or plank grilled salmon.

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Posted By Savita

The best ever creamy Cucumber Salad with delicious sour cream and fresh dill dressing. This salad is refreshing treat for all Cucumber Salad Lovers. Sliced cucumbers with quick mix of dressing, and it is The perfect addition to a summer meal. Gluten Free.

Dressing is absolutely delicious, and you’ll want to put it on everything. It’s great as a dip for raw veggies, served on side with grilled chicken, or spread on your favorite toast. It is sour cream and mustard based dressing with 2 special ingredients that make extra it creamy, and surprisingly flavorful. (must try)

Oh, also sharing tips to make an crunchy-never-watery-cucumber-salad. Don't miss to read.


This cucumber salad is all about creamy dressing. Dressing is creamy, refreshing with vibrant lemon, mustard and dill weed flavor.

I'm sure you guess it already The main ingredients for dressing are: sour cream, mustard, lemon juice, and fresh dill weed leaves. My special touch in dressing is just 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil mayo, capers and hint of garlic.

  1. Mayonnaise keeps dressing creamier. A little goes long way. Just 2 tbsp of mayo makes cucumber salad creamy and also helps sour cream not release water.
    Note: To make vegetarian cucumber dressing, substitute mayo with either 2 tbsp of thick Greek yogurt or good quality Vegan Mayonnaise.
  2. Capers gives dressing salty bite. If you can't find capers. Add a tbsp of small diced pickle.
  3. Garlic adds delicious depth of flavor. Not a whole lot but just one clove of grated garlic takes the creamy dressing from fab to fabulous. Be sure to use the freshest garlic you can find. A little goes the long way. one clove is more than enough. Grate it on fine grated. You don't want chunks of garlic in dressing but smooth depth of flavor.

Optional Ingredients: I also recommend adding some chopped red onion, or scallions and minced jalapeno if you like some heat.


Cucumbers are full of water. This water naturally release when cucumbers are mixed with dressing or salted. Treating cucumber with salt before hand helps extract some water out. This way, the cucumbers will not dilute the creamy dressing as quickly. I recommend, for creamy crunchy cucumber salad:

  1. Make dressing and refrigerate separately in an airtight container. Slice cucumber just before serving. Combine dressing with cucumber just before serving. Serve immediately.
  2. Salt Cure Cucumber (make cucumber loose water beforehand): Slice the cucumber and slightly salt. Leave aside in strainer for 15-20 minutes. After 15-30 minutes, transfer to paper towel to soak extra moisture hanging outside completely. Or Pat dry with clean paper towel. Cucumber are ready to join a creamy salad dressing.

Friends, this Creamy Cucumber Salad recipe is just two steps: 1) Prepare the dressing, 2) Prepare the cucumber. Mix and serve for a refreshing accompaniment to any summer meal. Remember to:

  1. Don't skimp on dressing.
  2. If serving later, mix dressing and refrigerate separately in an airtight container. Slice cucumber just before serving. Or slice cucumber and salt-cure (explained below), then refrigerate separately. Combine dressing with cucumber just before serving. Garnish with fresh cracked pepper and chopped parsley.
  3. For best flavor, serve salad chilled.

I hope this refreshing cucumber salad will make to your summer dinner menu this week. Make some tonight!

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This refreshing Creamy Cucumber Salad earns big points as a healthy side dish option. We use yogurt instead of mayonnaise to make a creamy dressing that's better for you. We love bringing this creamy cucumber salad recipe along to potlucks, because it's a nice change from your typical coleslaw and potato salad.

What You'll Need

  • 3 large cucumbers
  • 1 small onion, grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 / 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried mint leaves (see Option)
  • 3 / 4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 / 4 teaspoon black pepper

What to Do

  1. Peel cucumbers and slice in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and coarsely chop cucumbers place in a large bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to cucumbers mix well. Serve immediately, or cover and chill until ready to use.


  • When fresh mint is available, go ahead and use it. Coarsely chop 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves and use it in place of dried mint.
  • You can use Greek yogurt in place of normal yogurt, if you'd like.
  • Other refreshing cucumber salads you're sure to like are our Marinated Cucumber Salad and Every Mama's Favorite Cucumber Salad.

If you enjoyed this creamy cucumber salad recipe, be sure to check out our free eCookbook, Simply Deli Salads: 28 Best Recipes for Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad & More.

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I love cucumber salad! I use half mayo and half Greek yogurt and throw in some cherry tomatoes for color and a tiny bit of diced red onion for boldness.

You can certainly crumble cooked bacon on top if that's what you prefer - enjoy!

Try replacing the yogurt with sour cream - it's very, very good. And I left out the mint, too.

I made this today and omitted the mint, it was delicious . Will make again.

chopped chives ought to give it some added flavor

It already has onion in it, that should be enough in the onion department.


I have to agree with Denise. Not good, I tried everything from vinegar, sugar mustard. I was to serve it today for a crowd, a labor day cookout, I hate to say I'm to embarrassed to serve it. What worse is I made a double recipe. I think you should remove this from your web. Judy F

The only way this is good, is to use miracle whip, some milk to thin to desired consistency, sugar and salt to taste. It tastes NOTHING like this, yet is very refreshing, and DELICIOUS!

Made this earlier this year. Wouldn't say I didn't like it but was not too crazy about it either

sounds awesome, will make today

nice do add the gourmet vinegar & dash of sugar

I would add some vinegar, fresh dill instead of the dry/fresh mint, 1 clove of fresh garlic finely minced insead of the powder and a dash of suggar or sweetner.

I like the idea of the dill. Dill was always something my mother added to many of her dishes.

I tried this and it was awful. I took it to a pot luck and no one really liked it. I'm not being mean as I have made many many of these recipes and most are very good.

Sounds good and will give it a try, My recipe has always been to use Miracle Whip diluted with a little milk and a tsp or so of sugar. Adding some tomato chuncks also gives a delightful flavor

I've always made mine with 'lite' sour cream and some 'Half & Half". I "eye-ball" the amoint depending upon how many cucumbers I'm using. I also add a tiny bit of sugar and vinegar. I don't use mint, but I add finely chopped fresh 'dill weed'. It's terrific!

This sounds close to another recipe that uses sourcream. Ill try this next! And ?red onion right?.

Why can't I save a lot of these recipes in my recipe box?

It's good! Best w/ grilled lamb chops!

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Ingredient Notes

For the dressing:

  • Greek yogurt and mayo – You can use just greek yogurt or just mayo, or you can switch up the ratio.
  • Fresh dill – The key here is getting yourself some fresh dill! The flavor can’t be matched.
  • Vinegar – I used white vinegar for this recipe. The flavors in this salad are delicate so I didn’t want to use a strong type of vinegar.
  • Sugar – You can also use honey or agave. This will help balance out the creaminess and vinegar, but can be left out if you prefer.
  • Salt and pepper – Season to taste. If you have a pepper mill, fresh cracked pepper is great in this salad!

For the salad:

  • English cucumbers – I did peel the cucumbers so any variety will work in this recipe. You can leave the peel on if you prefer. I also removed the flesh from the cucumber.
  • Red onion – I love to have an extra pop from the onion in this recipe! You can use any type of onion you like. Even pickled onion will work if you don’t like them raw.
  • Feta cheese – The more the merrier, I always say. Feel free to use more or less feta as you see fit.

It's nice to have very thin slices of cucumber for this Creamy Cucumber Salad, &frac18" to ¼" thick. I used my trusty (and terrifying) mandoline, but a food processor fitted with the slicing blade or a very sharp knife will also work well.

I love to pair this salad with a bowl of Tomato Bisque, French Onion Soup or Winter Squash Soup. It's also a great side for heartier dishes like Turkey Meatloaf, Slow Roasted Salmon, or pastas like Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta.

And if you love cucumbers, don't miss this restaurant worthy Chinese Cucumber Salad.

Creamy cucumber salad is the perfect summer recipe. Cucumber is a common salad ingredient because it is versatile as it can go well with many types of dressings. In this easy recipe, we are pairing this summer fruit with a creamy dressing made with a mixture of sour cream and Greek yogurt.

We have already shared with you our recipe, the easy cucumber salad. If you have tried it, you will surely like this upgraded version, too. It is a classic and perfectly refreshing side dish for all your summer barbecue parties.

We used English cucumbers in this salad. They are sweeter than other types and have thinner skin, which you don&rsquot need to remove. Also, they have small seeds that do not contribute bitterness to the fruit. You can slice them directly and use them in the recipe, without removing the skin or the seeds.

Are cucumbers healthy? What are the health benefits?

  • They are packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals and are really low in calories. This makes them a perfect ingredient to pair with any type of fruit, veggies, or to munch on as a snack.
  • They are mostly water (at least 95%) which makes them hydrating have high levels of free-radical-fighting antioxidants, and can regulate sugar levels.
  • Much of the fiber is stored in the skin, and the nutrients are found just beneath it. And so, it is healthier if you do not peel them as the skin contains lots of good for you vitamins.

How many calories are there in Creamy Cucumber Salad?

One cup of this delicious dish has only about 95 calories. So, if you are on a strict diet, go ahead and prepare this dish for a guilt-free snack.

How do you make cucumber salad?

This is a super simple recipe that requires just a few ingredients. Follow the below steps and you will end up with one delicious salad. Also, watch the recipe video tutorial attached.

  1. The first thing to do is to prepare the dressing. Once done, set it aside.
  2. Next, in another bowl, add thinly sliced cucumbers and onions.
  3. After that, mix in the dressing then, refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.
  4. Lastly, garnish with green onion and dill before serving.

How do you make creamy cucumber salad dressing?

In a bowl, combine all these ingredients: sour cream, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, minced garlic, dill, salt, and pepper.

Why cucumbers are bitter sometimes?

The plant has cucurbitacins in its stems and leaves which sometimes migrate to the fruits. This makes the fruit bitter, usually in parts near the stem. This sometimes happens when the fruit was not harvested in time and was left too long in the vine.

How to choose ripe cucumbers?

They are highly perishable, and they do not ripen after harvesting. Hence, it is crucial to choose which ones were harvested at the right time.

Select the ones that are dry, firm, and dark green in color with no yellow spots at all. These yellow spots indicate that they were harvested too late. Also, look for ones that do not have bruises or soft spots.

How long cucumber salad can sit out?

It can be left exposed for about two hours and exceeding that will force you to discard it.

How do you store it?

The cucumbers will release too much water and will not hold well for a long time.

Instead, it is better to store the dressing in an airtight container, and it will last even up to a week. Hence, you may want to make this in advance, say the night before. Then, slice up some cucumbers right before the meal the next day and mix with the dressing when ready to serve.