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Creamy Cucumber Salad

Once you’ve tried this creamy cucumber salad recipe, it will make a regular appearance at your dinner table. It’s simple to make, can be made ahead of time, and is a creative way to use your garden abundance during the summer.

a bowl of creamy cucumber salad mixed together and ready to chill in the refrigerator.

Cucumber Salad Ingredients

  • Cucumbers – You can use regular cucumbers or English cucumbers. I used regular garden cucumbers in this recipe becuase English cucumbers are often hard to find in rural areas.
  • Sour cream – Feel free to use Greek yogurt instead if you need to cut down on fat.
  • Mayonnaise – I only use Hellman’s or Duke’s!
  • Fresh dill – Don’t skimp on the dill and don’t opt for dried if you can help it. The fresh dill in this creamy cucumber salad recipe really adds to the flavor pallate.
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Cucumber Salad

Start by preparing the cucumbers. I like to partially peel them so there’s not so much cucumber skin in the salad but there’s still some nice green in the finished product for visual appeal.

Three large, fresh cucumbers ready to peel and slice.

Once you’ve peeling the cucumbers to your satisfaction, slice them in half vertically and use a spoon to scoop out most of the seeds. If you try to remove them completely you’ll end up scraping out too much cucumber flesh along with them.

Cucumbers sliced vertically and deseeded.

Sliced the prepared cucumbers into 1/4″ pieces. Dice the red onion and chop the fresh dill.

Fresh dill being chopped on a white cutting board.

Place cucumbers, red onion, dill, mayonnaise, sour cream, plus salt and pepper to taste in a mixing bowl and thoroughly combine.

Creamy cucumber salad ingredients prepared and placed in a glass bowl ready to be mixed.

Add sugar to the apple cider vinegar and stir until dissolved.

Spooning white sugar into a glass bowl of apple cider vinegar.

Pour the cider vinegar mixture over the cucumber salad and mix well. Chill for one hour before serving to allow the dressing to thicken.


Can you freeze cucumber salad?

No. You’ll wind up with mushy cucumbers and clumpy dressing from the sour cream and mayonnaise.

Can creamy cucumber salad be made ahead?

Yes! Make it up to a day ahead of time. Any longer than that and the cucumbers will start getting soggy.

Which vinegar for cucumber salad?

I like using cider vinegar but you can also use regular white vinegar or rice vinegar.

What Goes with Cucumber Salad?

This creamy cucumber salad pairs well with cookout food! Try it with perfectly grilled salmon and air fryer baked potatoes.

It also tastes great spooned onto tortilla chips. That’s exactly how I enjoyed it for lunch as I was too impatient to let it chill and thicken. It’s that good!

Dipping a tortilla chip into cucumber salad.

However you choose to serve it, this creamy cucumber salad will quickly become a favorite. And if you just can’t get enough cucumber, check out my cucumber onion salad with quinoa too.

a bowl of creamy cucumber salad mixed together and ready to chill in the refrigerator.

Creamy Cucumber Salad

A simple summer salad made with cucumbers, dill, and a light, creamy dressing.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Refrigerate 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 108 kcal


  • 3 large cucumbers peeled, deseeded, and chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion diced
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • ½ ounce fresh dill chopped
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp granulated sugar


  • Partially peel cucumbers and cut them in half vertically.
  • Scrape out the seeds and slice into 1/4" pieces.
  • Combine cider vinegar and sugar. Set aside.
  • Mix cucumbers, chopped onion, sour cream, mayonnaise, and chopped dill together in a medium bowl. Top with salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.
  • Drizzle apple cider mixture over the cucumber salad and mix well.
  • Refrigerate for one hour before serving to chill and thicken dressing.


You can completely peel your cucumbers if you like. I tend to peel them lightly by only scraping off part of each peel so that the cucumber salad has a nice pop of green color to it when it’s served.
Keyword summer salad
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Cucumber Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 108 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 65mg3%
Potassium 251mg7%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 407IU8%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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