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Creamy cucumber Salad is the perfect side dish for your next cookout. It is creamy, tangy and budget friendly. Serve it with grilled hot dogs and parmesan grilled corn for an easy and delicious dinner.

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I love cucumbers and we almost always have some in the fridge. We often make this easy Cucumber Salad and it’s always a hit. However, I was in the mood for something creamy one day and this Creamy Cucumber salad was born!

The next time you need to bring an easy side dish, sign up to bring this for your next barbecue or potluck. It is a guaranteed hit and won’t blow your grocery budget. If you like the idea of a creamy salad, then try this Creamy cucumber tomato salad.

Why This Recipe Works

This creamy cucumber salad is the ultimate side dish. It is light, creamy and full of fresh ingredients. The ingredients are simple and easily combine in a bowl for very little prep work.

This is my summertime go-to recipe as the ingredients are the freshest and always a crowd favorite.


Creamy Cucumber Salad ingredients - English Cucumbers, red onion, sour cream, dill weed, white vinegar, sugar, salt, garlic powder

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Variation ideas

  • Cucumbers – We prefer English cucumbers but you can use regular cucumbers instead. I suggest scooping out the seeds if using regular cucumbers because it will water down the salad and make it soggy.
  • Onions– Red onions give this salad a pretty pop of color. Other good options include: white onions and sweet Vidalia onions.
  • Skip the Sour Cream – Not in the mood for something creamy? Omit the sour cream and make this Cucumber Onion Salad. It is just as simple but all vinegar based instead of the creamy version.
  • Seasoning – Feel free to change the seasoning for added flavor. Add in fresh herbs such as parsley, chives, basil or black pepper. Fresh lemon juice is always a great addition.
  • Sour Cream – You can also substitute the sour cream for mayo or Greek Yogurt.

Step by Step Instructions

Peeling the cucumber and placing on a cutting board

Step 1 – Peel the cucumbers. I like to use a fork to score the edges. It is so easy and the cucumbers look so pretty. Just run a fork down the side of the cucumbers to do this.

Slicing cucumbers on a cutting board

Step 2 – Slice the cucumbers into 1/4″ slices. This is not necessary but I like to use a mandoline slicer to slice the cucumbers. It is so handy and you definitely will get a lot of use out of this.

Combining the salad dressing ingredients in a bowl

Step 3 – Combine the sour cream, dill, vinegar and other seasonings together in a small mixing bowl.

Placing onions and cucumbers in a bowl

Step 4 – Finally, add the cucumbers and red onions with the dressing.

Recipe Tips

  • Prepare Ingredients – Prepare the ingredients ahead of time but chopping them. We like to chop them about the same size pieces and to make them easier to eat.
  • Combine the Dressing – Mix the dressing easily in a bowl until everything is fully combined.
  • Refrigerate – Before serving the cucumber salad, make sure to chill for at least an hour.
Creamy cucumber salad in a bowl with a bite on a fork

Serving Suggestions

This is the perfect salad to serve all summer long. Perfect served with Pork Chops, Grilled Steak, and BBQ Ribs. These are some of our favorite options.

Close up image of cucumber salad in a bowl

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Cucumber salad will last 3-4 days in the fridge if stored inside an airtight container. However, it is best fresh.

Can You Make it in Advance?

Yes, it actually tastes best if it is made at least 2 hours in advance and refrigerated to let the flavors combine. You can easily make this ahead to save time and then just grab and go when you are ready to serve.
Plus, it gives all the flavors time to combine and tastes amazing.

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Creamy Cucumber Salad

5 from 19 votes
Creamy cucumber salad is the perfect side dish for your next cookout. It is creamy, tangy and frugal. Try creamy cucumber dill salad.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 58


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  • Peel the cucumbers and score the edge with a fork by running a fork down the side of the cucumbers.
  • Slice the cucumbers into 1/4″ slices.
  • Combine the sour cream, fresh dill, vinegar, sugar, salt and garlic powder together in small bowl.
  • Toss the cucumbers and red onions together with the dressing.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour and then serve cold.

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 3-4 days. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 58kcal, Carbohydrates 5g, Protein 1g, Fat 4g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 214mg, Potassium 207mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 494IU, Vitamin C 7mg, Calcium 46mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Jody Campbell says:

    5 stars
    This is pretty much my go to recipe from my ex’s southern as southern gets mother. Love that you have it here for others to try. And for me to pin so my son has quick access. Looking forward to trying other recipes from you.