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.
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.
- Sour cream
How to Make Creamy Cucumbers Salad
Stir all ingredients together except the 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.
Put cucumber slices in a bowl and pour sour cream dressing over.
Stir well to coat.
How good does that look?
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.
- 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 , such as an or American , 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:
Tomato, Onion, and Cucumber Salad
Low Carb Broccoli Cauliflower Salad
- 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.
Christy, I’ve never tried cucumbers prepared in a creamy sauce like in the recipe above,but I’ve seen them in many restaurants here in Atlanta since moving here,and I must say they do look scrumptious. After reading some of the stories about childhood friends it reminds me of a childhood friend, Anne, we went to different schools,but after school we would always meet up at the Wallgreens soda fountain for our favorite Chocolate Fudge Sundae.
What a wonderful memory!!! I hope you get a chance to try the cucumbers Annette, they are wonderful!!
Will be making tonight. To get real thin slices, I will slice on the mandolin. I will probably slice a sweet onion for this recipe, also. Have not had this dish since my last visit to the S & S Cafeteria in Macon, years ago. A real cafeteria staple!
I hope you enjoy them Baltisraul!
Dear Christy: Thanks for this recipe. I have seen this salad but never knew how to prepare it. I have added the ingredients to my grocery list. My true BF, Suzette, passed away some years ago and l still miss her very much. Thank you for sharing with us!
I hope you enjoy the cucumbers Joyce, and I am so sorry about your friend. True friends like that can never be replaced.
Ole Heidelberg, right? I can’t get enough of that restaurant. I live near Tuscaloosa and will sometimes plan a day trip just so I can eat there. Yum.
Years ago, my cousins and grandmother made a cucumber salad.
Cukes, of course, Miracles Whip,and drained pineapple chunks- save the
liquid to thin the MW. I have never tried it your way but I will.
Long ago those cucumbers were gourmet eats, at least , for me.
Love your stories. Thanks for sharing your memories.
Thank you Jane!! I hope you enjoy the cucumbers!!
Christy, I think mixing in a half-batch of your (well-drained) pickled onions would put this over the top. I love cucumber/onion combos, pickled or with sour cream. I buy the English (burpless) ones so it’s easier on my stomach but cucumbers and onion still make me burp. 😀 Your story about Mary Anne, your bestest and life-long friend is wonderful and I’m so happy that Katy and Sara Jane are heading down the same path. Those relationships are to be cherished.
You are so right Jane, they are to be cherished!
In 1986 while packing to go on vacation, I broke a fingernail. That just would not do, so found the nearest nail tech, which turned out to be my best friend in the whole wide world. I had been divorced for 16 years, she was married with two small children. There was a 13 year difference in our ages, me being the older one. Well, shortly after we met, her husband took up with her cousin, causing a dreadful divorce. We cried together and many nights after we went to bed, each in our own homes, we would talk to each other on the phone, until she became sleepy, most nights in the wee hours. When the divorce became final, we planned and carried out, a divorce party, with two other friends. It came down to her putting a man’s necktie , half hanging out the trunk of her car, and driving down the main drag of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We were cruising along, when we were stopped by one of Myrtle Beachs’ finest men in blue uniform. We were laughing so hard we didn’t have time to be afraid. He let us go but told us not to do that again. I’m still laughing. She was married again two days ago, Valentines Day, to her first love whom she met in 9th grade, and after 40 years.
Oh my goodness, what a wonderful ending to such a precious story!!!