Creamy Cucumber Salad

5 from 128 votes

Creamy cucumber salad made with fresh dill, sour cream, and onions! This summer salad is ready in 5 minutes and is perfect for BBQs and picnics!

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This creamy cucumber salad is light, refreshing, and oh so creamy! Tangy sour cream, a splash of red wine vinegar, fresh dill, garlic, and red onions make this cucumber salad irresistible.

one bowl creamy cucumber salad

Summertime is the perfect time for picnics and outdoor barbecues. And what better way to celebrate the warm weather than with a delicious cucumber salad? This recipe is easy to make and takes only five minutes to prepare. It’s perfect for potlucks, parties, or any other summer gathering. So gather your ingredients, and let’s get started!

why you’ll love this cucumber salad with sour cream

  • Tart and refreshing. The combination of sour cream, vinegar, and dill gives this cucumber salad a tangy flavor that is perfectly balanced by the neutral flavor of the cucumber and red onions.
  • Easy to make. This recipe comes together quickly and doesn’t require any cooking. Simply combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, and you’re done!
  • Crowd pleaser. This salad is always a hit at potlucks and parties. Whether you’re serving it to family, friends, or strangers, everyone will love it!
  • Can be eaten as a snack. This salad is light and refreshing, making it the perfect snack or side dish. It’s also a great way to get your daily dose of veggies!

Ingredients to make creamy cucumber and onion salad

  • Cucumbers: I like to use English cucumbers because they’re thinner and have fewer seeds than regular cucumbers. However, you can use whatever type of cucumber you have on hand, like Persian cucumbers.
  • Red onions: I prefer to use red onions in this salad because they’re slightly sweeter than white or yellow onions. However, you can use whatever type of onion you have on hand.
  • Sour cream: You’ll need about ½ cup of sour cream for this recipe. I like to use full-fat sour cream, but you can use light or non-fat if you’re watching your calories.
  • Dill: Fresh dill is best, but you can also use dried dill if that’s all you have.
  • Red wine vinegar: Adds another layer of flavor to the salad.
  • Seasoning: A little bit of sugar to balance the acidity, garlic powder, salt, and pepper is all you need to season this cucumber salad.
ingredients to make the creamy salad: 2 english cucumbers, seasonings, fresh dill, red onion, sour cream, and red wine vinegar

How to make A Creamy Cucumber Salad

  1. In a medium bowl, add the sour cream, vinegar, dill, sugar, and garlic powder.
  2. Mix until well combined. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the sliced cucumbers and red onions on top of the sour cream dressing.
  4. Gently fold the sour cream and cucumbers together until well combined.
4 image collage of how to make creamy dressing for cucumber salad and tossing in the cucumbers and red onions

Tips for making creamy cucumber dill salad

  1. Thinly slice your cucumbers and onions. To get even slices, I recommend using a mandoline or even a vegetable peeler. If you don’t have one, you can also use a sharp knife.
  2. Use fresh dill. Fresh dill has a much better flavor than dried dill. If you can’t find fresh dill, you can use dried, but you’ll need to use less since it’s more potent.
  3. Taste as you go. Be sure to taste the salad before serving and adjust the seasoning as necessary. You may want to add more salt, pepper, or vinegar, depending on your preferences.
  4. Serve immediately. This salad is best served immediately after it’s made. If you let it sit for too long, the cucumbers will release water and make the salad soggy.

popular substitutions & additions

  • Use mayo or greek yogurt instead of sour cream. If you’re not a fan of sour cream, you can use mayonnaise or even greek yogurt instead. I recommend using ½ cup of either for this recipe.
  • Make it vegan. If you prefer not to use any dairy in this recipe, you can make this with plain unsweetened coconut yogurt or almond yogurt.
  • Add in some chopped herbs. If you want to add more flavor to the salad, try adding in some chopped fresh herbs like parsley or chives.
  • Make it spicier with a pinch of cayenne. For a little bit of heat, try adding a pinch of cayenne pepper to the salad.
  • Add in some diced avocado. Avocado is a great addition to this salad because it adds creaminess and healthy fats.

what to serve with your easy creamy cucumber salad

how to store cucumber salad with sour cream

Cucumber salad is best served immediately after it’s made. The cucumbers will start to leech water shortly after the salad is made.

how long will cucumber salad last in the fridge?

If you do have leftovers you want to store, they will last about 24-48 hours in the fridge. You can drain off the excess liquid or mix it in.

Frequently asked questions

Can I make cucumber salad ahead of time?

I would not recommend making cucumber salad more than an hour in advance as the cucumbers will start to release water, and the salad will become soggy.

How do you keep cucumber salad from getting watery?

Cucumbers are around 90% water making it near impossible to keep them from getting watery. You can sprinkle some salt directly on your cut cucumbers and place them in a colander for 30 or so minutes to help draw out some of the water.

Do I need to peel the cucumbers before adding them to the salad?

Nope! You can leave the cucumbers unpeeled if you’d like. I personally prefer to leave them unpeeled because it saves time, and I like the look of the green peel in the salad. Plus, the skin is full of nutrients.

spoon grabbing a bite from a bowl of cucumber salad

Creamy cucumber salad is a quick and easy side dish that’s perfect for summer BBQs, potlucks, and picnics. This salad is made with thin slices of cucumber, red onion, sour cream, dill, and a few simple seasonings. Whether you’re looking for a healthy side dish or a simple summer salad, this creamy cucumber salad is the perfect recipe for you!

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Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy cucumber salad made with fresh dill, sour cream, and onions! This summer salad is ready in 5 minutes and is perfect for BBQs and picnics!
5 from 128 votes
Servings 4
Course Salads
Calories 89
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar optional
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 large English cucumber thinly sliced
  • ¼ red onion thinly sliced

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, mix the sour cream, vinegar, dill sugar, and garlic powder until well combined. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the sliced cucumbers and red onions on top of the sour cream dressing and stir to coat.
  • Serve immediately at room temperature or refrigerate for one hour before serving.

Notes

Storage: Cucumber salad is best served immediately for the best quality. Cucumbers will start to weep and make the salad watery. 

Nutrition

Calories: 89kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 21mg, Potassium: 274mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 344IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 56mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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  1. If you wanted to chill it and serve cold, couldn’t you lightly salt the cucumbers and put them in a strainer to get the water out beforehand?

  2. I made your cucumber salad for a big family BBQ yesterday. Everybody loved it! Thanks for the inspiration….you made me look good 😂👍

  3. This cucumber salad was soooo delicious! I saw it on your Instagram page and knew that I had to make it. It was super easy to make and I will definitely be making it again! Thank you!!!

  4. Quick & easy refreshing summer recipe, definitely will be making it again. I’ve never used fresh dill before it’s for sure a game changer!

  5. Just made this and it’s so delicious!!! Just added radishes as well and opted for green onions instead of red. Love how versatile this salad is. Thank you

  6. This is a really delicious creamy cucumber dill salad, that comes together quickly and easily. I absolutely love this type of salad, and this is the best recipe I have tried yet! This is perfect for using all of those cucumbers fresh out of the garden during the summer.

  7. This salad was the perfect addition to our grill dinner of chicken kebabs. It was easy to make and tasted delicious. Thanks for sharing a simple summer salad recipe I can use to change up from the regular garden salad.

  8. Love this salad!
    I added tomatoes and avocado to it, and it was so delicious. This is a must salad in the summer. Such an easy side dish!

  9. This recipe was very refreshing! Just made this for a Father’s Day gathering and it was a hit. Thank you!

  10. I made this recipe and it is life changing!! It is the perfect side for any summer meal and is so refreshing! I cannot wait to make this again for my next family get together, I know everyone will be asking me for the recipe!

  11. My family has made this for years but has always layered the cucumber slices in a colander and sprinkling the layers lightly with salt as you go. Let sit 30-60 minutes to draw some of the water out of the slices. Use as is or rinse salt off and pat slices dry. This will help with the weeping.

  12. Absolutely DELICIOUS!
    Super quick to make. Crunchy, creamy, light, refreshing and flavorful. So perfect for summertime. I will definitely be making it often. Thanks for another yummy, easy, “cheap” and wonderful recipe.

  13. This recipe was perfect for the English cucumbers from our garden. So easy and delicious! This will be on repeat this summer.

  14. My mom has been making this my whole life and is not a write down recipe type of lady. I’m so glad you posted this because I haven’t been able to perfect it yet and I did today!!

  15. My husband and I made the creamy cucumber salad tonight with our dinner. Such a great easy dish to make in the summer. “So good”💕

  16. This is so delicious, I did make it and my whole family loved it, it’s the best side dish or Lunch during summer time .😋😍

  17. Just made this tonight. This is delicious and perfect for the summer. Will be a staple in our house!

  18. Delicious! We typically make potato salad to accompany grilled burgers. This time we opted for the cucumber salad and are so glad we did! Yum!

  19. This 5 minute creamy cucumber salad was refreshing and a welcomed change to our usual BBQ side dishes. Super easy to make and the ingredients are what you would have on hand. I really enjoy seeing new recipes weekly by Yumna and trying them out. This will definitely be on our summer list of sides.

    1. Thank you so much! I can’t wait to continue sharing more recipes. Hope you continue to enjoy this one!

  20. I love yummy recipes that I can make with things I have on hand. It was simple but had layers of flavor. No leftovers here. Thank you for this refreshing recipe.

  21. I love cucumber salad, especially during summer. I made this recipe and liked it but wasn’t blown away so I made it again and swapped the sour cream for Greek yogurt and omitted the optional sugar. That was a game changer for me. I loved it! My mother preferred the sour cream version, lol. Either way it’s cool and refreshing. Perfect for hot weather. As a side note, the Greek yogurt version kept ok in the fridge for about 2 days.

  22. Less effort more taste!!! This is definitely a feel good food!!! Thank you, Yumna! It’s sure to be on our table all summer!

  23. This salad was quick to put together for a fast lunch for my family. I had a cucumber and a shallot that needed to be used quickly, and plenty of dill ready to be picked in my garden. Thank you for this refreshing recipe.

    1. I love this cucumber salad, as I make it and stuff it in some pits bread for a quick yet refreshing lunch. Great on its own as well. I however do add lots of red chilli flakes to mine because I love everything spicy!! Great recipe to have on hand.

  24. My mother and husband loved this cucumber recipe!
    It tasted just like my mother’s German version. My husband dislikes sour cream but didn’t even taste it in this recipe. I served it with rice and baked Salmon! I love your website, you are very talented!

  25. I just made a triple recipe and OMG!!! It’s DELICIOUS! My 11 yr old daughter has already had two servings. It’s light, cool & sooo yummy…perfect for these 100+ degree days! Everyone needs to try it!

  26. Yummy, I loved the flavor combination. I skipped the sugar and it was still really tasty. I paired it with some falafel and my family loved it!

  27. Creamy, flavorful and refreshing for summer! I also made this without fresh dill but you must! Husband, toddler and mom approved. Easy to whip up and great for summer picnics or quick easy dinners!

  28. We paired this with Pulau Indian Spicy Rice and it was a perfect pairing. The coolness of the cucumbers softened the heat of the rice! Delicious 🤤

  29. I made this today and the only difference was that I added a bit of fresh chopped spinach to it. My family loved it, another cool way to eat our vegetables! My pic is on Instagram under @redstickrick

  30. I found you on Instagram and decided to make this salad as a side dish for burgers on the grill. I dried the cuke slices before tossing them in the dressing – this is SO GOOD!! Thanks for the great recipe. ❤️

  31. Such delicious recipe! I made it for lunch for our family and paired it with chicken and rice ! Thank you for such an easy and delicious creamy cucumber salad!

  32. Looks fantastic and so refreshing, very suitable for this season. Would definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  33. We used to always do this here in Lebanon but there was always something missing.sent this to my mom we paired with some burghul,
    and it’s just the one.❤️😊

      1. I make this almost weekly! I’ve used plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream when I’m out of sour cream. Love the dill too!