Creamy Cucumber Salad [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Creamy Cucumber Salad sports a nice balance between the crunchiness of the cucumber and the creaminess of the dressing that makes this dish so refreshing!

This makes a delicious side dish for your other grilled and roasted dishes like Grilled Chicken, Garlic Lime Pork Tenderloin, and Honey Garlic Pork Chops.Creamy Cucumber Salad

Easy Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe

Creamy cucumber salad is the perfect summer recipe. Cucumber is a common salad ingredient because it is versatile as it can go well with many types of dressings. In this easy recipe, we are pairing this summer fruit with a creamy dressing made with a mixture of sour cream and Greek yogurt.

We have already shared to you our recipe, the easy cucumber salad. If you have tried it, you will surely like this upgraded version, too. It is classic and a perfectly refreshing side dish for all your summer barbecue parties.

We used English cucumbers in this salad. They are sweeter than other types and have thinner skin, which you don’t need to remove. Also, they have small seeds which do not contribute bitterness to the fruit. You can slice them directly and use in the recipe, without removing the skin or the seeds.

Are cucumbers healthy? What are the health benefits?

  • They are packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals and are really low in calories. This makes them a perfect ingredient to pair with any type of fruits, veggies or to munch on as a snack.
  • They are mostly water (at least 95%) which makes it hydrating; have high levels of free-radical-fighting antioxidants, and can regulate sugar levels.
  • Much of the fiber is stored in the skin, and the nutrients are found just beneath it. And so, it is healthier if you do not peel them as the skin contains lots of good for you vitamins.

How many calories are there in Creamy Cucumber Salad?

One cup of this delicious dish has only about 95 calories. So, if you are on a strict diet, go ahead and prepare this dish for a guilt-free snack.

Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe

How do you make cucumber salad?

  1. The first thing to do is to prepare the dressing. Once done, set it aside.
  2. Next, in another bowl, add in thinly sliced cucumbers and onions.
  3. After that, mix in the dressing then, refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.
  4. Lastly, garnish with green onion and dill before serving.

How do you make creamy cucumber salad dressing?

In a bowl, combine all these ingredients: sour cream, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, minced garlic, dill, salt, and pepper.

Why cucumbers are bitter sometimes?

The plant has cucurbitacins in its stems and leaves which sometimes migrate to the fruits. This makes the fruit bitter, usually in parts near the stem. This sometimes happens when the fruit was not harvested in time and was left too long in the vine.

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How to choose ripe cucumbers?

They are highly perishable, and they do not ripen after harvesting. Hence, it is crucial to choose which ones were harvested at the right time.

Select the ones that are dry, firm, and dark green in color with no yellow spots at all. These yellow spots indicate that they were harvested too late. Also, look for ones that do not have bruises or soft spots.

How long cucumber salad can sit out?

It can be left exposed for about two hours and exceeding that will force you to discard it.

How do you store this salad?

The cucumbers will release too much water and will not hold well for a long time.

Instead, it is better to store the dressing in an airtight container, and it will last even up to a week. Hence, you may want to make this in advance, say the night before. Then, slice up some cucumbers right before the meal the next day and mix with the dressing when ready to serve.

Easy Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe

Recipe Tips:

  • Store fresh cucumbers in the refrigerator wrapped in the plastic wrap they are sold in.
  • Equally important is to not wash them before storing. This will prolong their shelf life.
  • You can add some sugar to the dressing if you want it sweeter.
  • If you want fewer calories, use sour cream that has reduced fat.

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Creamy Cucumber Salad
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Total time: 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 2  English cucumbers  (sliced into rounds)
  • 1  red onion  (thinly sliced)
  • 2 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1/2 cup  sour cream 
  • 1/2 cup  plain greek yogurt 
  • 1 tablespoon  fresh lemon juice 
  • 1 tablespoon  fresh dill  (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup  green onions 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  sea salt  (or to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon  black pepper  (or to taste)

Garnish:

  •  Green onion and fresh dill 

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine sour cream, greek yogurt, lemon juice, minced garlic, and dill. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir and set aside.
  2. Slice cucumbers into thin rounds or half rounds if using large cucumbers. Place in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add thinly sliced onion. Just before serving stir sauce into the salad and mix to coat cucumbers.
  4. After adding sauce, the salad will stay fresh for about 2-3 hours, after which it needs to be refrigerated.
  5. Garnish with chopped green onions and dill before serving.
Calories: 95 Carbohydrates: 11 Protein: 4 Fat: 3 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 11 Sodium: 325 Potassium: 374 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 4 Vitamin A: 315 Vitamin C: 9.2 Calcium: 103 Iron: 0.6
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Brandy

I would love to eat this, going to bookmark it to make it over the weekend.

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Amy Desrosiers

Cucumber Salad is amazing!! I make it so much in the warmer weather months!

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Kathy

That looks really good. I don't think I have had cucumber salad before. I'm looking forward to giving this a try though.

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Romy Schorr

Cucumber salads make me think summer. This one looks delicious and I am definitely going to try it!

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Stefani Tolson

Sounds like a perfect side dish! Looks yummy!

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Toni | Boulder Locavore

I really love how creamy this is! Can't wait to try it!

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Jennifer

That salad looks excellent! I love a good creamy cucumber salad. It is so refreshing.

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Rachel

Strawberry poke cake is one of my all time favorite things. I had a co-worker that used to make it all the time.

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Sherry

We love our cucumbers in this house. I haven't made a cucumber salad before though. I've been missing out.

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Annemarie LeBlanc

I have not made cucumber salad this way. It looks delicious! I need to make this soon. I love greek yogurt and this recipe is just one of the many ways to eat healthy and enjoy a delicious meal as well.

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Ruth I

I love cucumber! I often eat it with just cheese and salad dressing. This recipe is perfect and I will be trying it. yum!

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keikilani

Cucumber salad is one of my favorites for a BBQ spread on a hot day. Great tip for keeping it from getting too watery. 

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Kiwi

Cucumbers are one of my favorite foods. I never had this way before I would love to!

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