Creamy Cucumbers Salad

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This creamy cucumbers salad recipe is a very light and refreshing spring/summer side dish with the taste of cucumbers in a creamy smooth sauce.

Forkful of creamy cucumber salad.

Do you see that old-fashioned creamy cucumber salad up there? I ate every bit of that. Sure, not in one sitting. It took me a couple of tries, but I’m no quitter and I stuck with it until the bowl was empty. And I’d do it again, too, given half the chance. Creamy cucumbers salad is just that good!

Ever since I showed it on a plate with crunchy chicken I’ve had tons of comments and emails from folks asking me what it was. It’s a light and creamy side dish that is perfect for summer picnics, potlucks, and grilling. You only need 6 ingredients too: cucumbers, sour cream, vinegar, sugar, dill, and salt. Mix these ingredients together and you have a cucumber salad that’s slightly tangy, slightly sweet, and very creamy. Plus, it lasts for up to a week in your fridge, so it’s the perfect salad to make ahead of time.

This creamy cucumber salad recipe is quick, easy, and so versatile. So yeah, it ticks all of my boxes! It pairs great with your favorite grilled dishes, like grilled chicken, grilled corn on the cob, and grilled asparagus. I also love to serve it alongside fish, like my beloved fried catfish. Another option is to serve it with pulled pork in place of coleslaw. Once you try it, you may never make coleslaw again!

Now let’s make creamy cucumbers. This one comes together fast so don’t blink because you’ll miss it.

Labeled ingredients for creamy cucumber salad.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Cucumbers
  • Sour cream
  • Vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Dill
  • Salt

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How to Make Creamy Cucumbers Salad

Stir together all ingredients except cucumber.

Stir all ingredients together except the cucumbers.

Peel and slice cucumbers.

Peel and slice your cucumbers kinda thin-ish.

Cucumber Chunks or Slices?

It really doesn’t matter. If you like thicker cucumbers or even cucumber chunks, knock yourself out. I set out to slice thin slices and then I start going down my mental to do list and my slices get progressively thicker, then I remember what I’m supposed to be doing and they get thin again. And it works.

Pour dressing over cucumber slices in bowl.

Put cucumber slices in a bowl and pour sour cream dressing over.

Stir ingredients together.

Stir well to coat.

Spoonful of creamy cucumber salad.

How good does that look?

Creamy cucumber salad.

Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate to serve later.


Leftovers will last in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week, so this is a great salad recipe to make in advance. Because of the sour cream, I don’t recommend freezing this salad.

Recipe Notes

  • Substitute the sour cream for plain Greek yogurt, ranch dressing, or a combination of Greek yogurt and mayo.
  • If you want to add more veggies, I recommend adding 1 cup of finely sliced red onion (or white onion/sweet onion/green onion), small chunks of avocado, or diced fresh tomato.
  • You can use either dried or fresh dill or substitute the dill for another fresh herb, like mint, parsley, or basil.
  • Use any kind of cucumber, such as an English cucumber or American cucumber, and peel or leave the skin on, the choice is yours.
  • For added flavor, add a teaspoon of garlic powder or 1 minced garlic clove.
  • Wondering what to do with leftovers? Grab your favorite protein, this creamy cucumber dill salad, and make a delicious sandwich.

You may also enjoy these scrumptious salad recipes:

Cornbread Salad Recipe

Tomato, Onion, and Cucumber Salad

Fast Italian Cucumber Salad

Greek Cucumber Salad

Low Carb Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Aunt Cathie’s Grape Salad

Bowl of creamy cucumber salad.

Creamy Cucumbers Salad

This creamy cucumbers salad recipe is a very light and refreshing spring/summer side dish with the taste of cucumbers in a creamy smooth sauce.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cucumber
Servings: 4
Calories: 70kcal


  • 3-4 cucumbers
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill


  • Peel cucumbers and slice thin. Place in a medium bowl.
    3-4 cucumbers
  • In a small bowl, stir together all other ingredients.
    1 cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • Pour the dressing over the cucumber slices and stir to coat. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for two hours or more.


Calories: 70kcal
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~Charles Swindoll

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  1. Yum yum yum yum YUM!!! I love these!!

    Being a Tarheel you better believe this was the first thing fixed when fresh cukes came on. Just like a ‘mater sammich when those came on. We always added thinly sliced Vidalia’s, too. Now that was a must!

    But…shhhh…let me tell you my secret. Sometimes I don’t add the sour cream. I mix everything else, including the Vidalia, then freshly grate just a tad of nutmeg in it. NO ONE has been able to figure it out but they know something different is going on.

    Oh, I almost forgot…when I don’t add the sour cream then I add more sugar, vinegar and water so it’s like a pickling brine, covering everything. Then let it all sit in the fridge to chill down. This is wonderful alongside BBQ! In fact, it’s sacrilegious not to serve pickles or this with BBQ.

    Sorry, my brain is scattered as I’m at work. The rest of town (and state, literally) is shut down due to the snow storm we’re having now. We’re supposed to get up to 14″ of snow within 12 hours! So I’m having a late lunch and doing this. lol

    1. Like I said…scattered…

      Everyone needs a friend in their life like Mary Anne and Sara Jane. This made me remember the old Girl Scout song, “Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.” And then the other thing I remembered is, “Friends come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.” How true is this?!

      When I “lose” a friend and get upset, I think back to the little sentence and see the relationship as it truly was, not what I wanted it to be. Then I can smile and remember the good times, and that either I was there for them or they were here for me in the time of need.

  2. My long life and best friend met in 9th grade in 1953. We have shared all the events that life has thrown at us, from the death of a child (hers), death of a 12 year old brother (mine), a spouse dying of cancer, a spouse surviving cardiac arrest, the joys of children and now sharing wonderful memories in our golden years. To me that is friendship pure and simple.
    I love the sound of this cucumber recipe and can’t to make it. I plan to eat the whole batch by myself. Thankfully my husband does not like cucumbers.

  3. oh my goodness. i think out of all the recipes you have ever posted i am most excited to try this one! yum, yum and yum!

    your post reminds me of being a little girl and sweet friendships i had! when marlo saw the picture of your daughter and her friend in their princess dresses with those tiny carts her eyes got as big as saucers! she said “mamma who is that?”, i could tell she wanted to jump right in and play.

  4. Christy,
    Great story about friends. When I was in 3rd grade, I had a friend named Kristy. She had a horrible life at home, and was picked on at school. I went over to her and said, you’re gonna be my friend, OK? And she said OK.
    We were best friends from then on, and no one at school picked on her after that. We only knew each other for 1 yr, but we were inseperable. She had a bike, and I had roller skates. I would put my skates on, hold on to the back of her seat, and we would go riding around the neighborhood. We used to share my skates too. Her driveway was long and sloped down to the garage. She’d put on the left skate, I’d put on the right one, and we’d hold hands, and skate down together, screaming with laughter.
    When I was starting 4th grade, my family moved. I’m 47 now, and I still remember her, her birthday, and how we would sit and talk about out lives at home, and how we were going to grow up to be princesses.
    I’ve had plenty of friends since her, and I remember them all fondly. But she’s the one I think of the most. I loved her dearly.

    When I saw that picture of your crunchy chicken, i thought those were cucumbers you had on the plate with it. When I was younger, I hated cucumbers. Now I love them. I started to buy some last week, but I wanted to see if your recipe was the same as my mom’s. It is! Going tonight to get some cucumbers and make this for me and my kids. They have loved them since they were old enough to put a bite of them in their mouth. I started them early on eating all kinds of vegetables.
    Thanks for the walk down memory lane and for having my mom’s recipe… 😉

    1. Sounds good… BUT…. Skip the sour cream then use either whole cream or half and half add a bit of sugar and a bit of onion….. Can eat the whole thing !!!!!!

  5. I had the crazy friends. I am a total introvert, and I always ended up attracted to extrovert friends. Together we balanced each other out. I think that makes a great friendship – when two people complement each other. Two extroverts view for attention, while two introverts will never get past “hi” because, well, talking! LOL!

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