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 meats, burgers, fish and more. It contains just 7 basic ingredients and can be on your table in no time!
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. Toss your veggies in a bowl and 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.
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.
It’s important that this salad is served not long after it’s put together. 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.
Some great additions to this salad are
- Minced garlic
- Red peppers
- Shredded carrots
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.
HOW DO YOU MAKE CUCUMBER SAUCE?
This recipe is similar to the cucumber sauce that is often used on gyros. The main difference is that the cucumbers need to be chopped into smaller chunks. Further, cucumber sauce often calls for other ingredients like yogurt or mayo. With a slight adjustment or two, this recipe can easily be used on your gyros as well.
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!
MORE CUCUMBER RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
- Cucumber Feta Salad
- Asian Cucumber Salad
- Thai Cucumber Salad
- Soy Marinated Flank Steak with Cucumber Relish
- Greek Pasta Salad
Creamy Cucumber Salad
- 5 cups sliced cucumbers peeled and seeds removed
- 1/2 cup red onion peeled, halved and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 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.