Creamy Cucumber Salad – Dinner at the Zoo

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This creamy cucumber salad, also known as German cucumber salad, is a refreshing combination of cucumbers, red onion and dill tossed in a simple dressing. Dill cucumber salad takes just minutes to make and is the perfect side dish for any summer meal.

Creamy cucumber salad is a simple yet satisfying dish that pairs perfectly with grilled chicken kabobs, burgers, marinated salmon, and more. It contains just 7 basic ingredients and can be on your table in no time!

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Creamy cucumber salad with red onion and dill, topped with fresh herbs for garnish.

Most of my favorite summer salads include cucumbers – they’re inexpensive, readily available, and so very versatile. This creamy cucumber salad is always at the top of my list, especially during the summer months because it’s so light and refreshing. Tossed in a light creamy dressing, this chilled salad is the perfect addition to any grilling get together or summer event.

HOW DO YOU MAKE CREAMY CUCUMBER SALAD?

Start by slicing some cucumbers and red onion, then mince some fresh dill. Place your veggies in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together your refreshing ingredients for the creamy dressing. Pour the dressing over your veggies and toss together to create the perfect German cucumber salad.

Thinly sliced cucumbers, red onion and fresh dill in a mixing bowl.

Tips for creamy cucumber salad

  • It’s well worth the money to buy fresh dill. It’s an important flavor component with this dill cucumber salad so it needs to have a strong presence. You just don’t get the same flavor from dried dill. Got leftover dill? It’s great tossed into green salads, sprinkled over eggs, or stirred into cream cheese to spread onto bagels.
  • Use a mandoline to get super thin slices of cucumber and red onion.
  • You can use regular waxy cucumbers, English cucumbers, or Persian cucumbers for this recipe. I typically use English cucumbers. If you use waxy cucumbers, you may want to peel them before processing with the recipe.

Cucumbers, red onion and dill in a bowl topped with creamy dressing.

Can cucumber salad be made in advance?

This salad can be made an hour or two before you plan to serve it. That being said, I wouldn’t refrigerate it for longer than that. Cucumbers have a habit of releasing liquid as they sit. If the salad is left for too long, it could get watery which dilutes the flavor of the dressing.

Creamy cucumber salad variations

This is a basic recipe for cucumber salad, and sometimes I like to add other ingredients for a different flavor. Some great additions to this salad include

  • Tomatoes
  • Minced garlic
  • Olives
  • Red peppers
  • Shredded carrots

A spoon serving up a portion of creamy cucumber salad.

CAN CREAMY CUCUMBER SALAD BE MADE WITH MAYO?

Yes, this creamy cucumber salad and other versions of it, can easily be made with mayo. You will simply need to remove the sour cream from the recipe and use mayo in its place. Be sure to use the same amount of mayo as you would have sour cream. You can even do half and half if you like both ingredients.

A serving bowl of creamy cucumber salad topped with fresh dill.

There are some recipes that are just so easy that you find yourself making them often just because you can. This is one of those recipes for me. It works as a great side dish, snack, addition to sandwiches, and the list goes on. Definitely a keeper in my book!

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Creamy cucumber salad with red onion and dill, topped with fresh herbs for garnish.

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Creamy Cucumber Salad

This creamy cucumber salad, also known as German cucumber salad, is a refreshing combination of cucumbers, red onion and dill tossed in a simple dressing. Dill cucumber salad takes just minutes to make and is the perfect side dish for any summer meal.

Keyword creamy cucumber salad, dill cucumber salad, german cucumber salad

Ingredients

  • 5 cups sliced cucumbers peeled and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup red onion peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Instructions

  • Place the cucumbers, red onion and dill in a large bowl.

  • In small bowl, mix together the salt, pepper, sour cream and sugar. 

  • Pour the dressing over the cucumber mixture and toss to coat evenly. 

  • Serve immediately, or chill for up to one hour.

Nutrition

Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 420mg | Potassium: 204mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 6.4% | Vitamin C: 4.7% | Calcium: 5.8% | Iron: 1.7%

This post was originally published on June 12, 2018 and was updated on May 12, 2019 with new content.

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