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

Helpful Kitchen Tools

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.

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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. I had a special friend who came as a new bride to the same little village I did and about a year apart. We Became inseparable like twins and even now although we live hundreds of miles from each other she is still my most treasured friend. Love the cucumber recipe grew up with this one, as well as the fire and ice salad that you do, they are treasures from my childhood

      1. Absolutely they do, we went through new bride, new mum, preschool, school teenage years and so many times we were each others safety valve, she will always have a special place in my heart.

  2. Mmmm those cucumbers remind me of my dear mother-in-law’s recipe, only she used Mayonnaise instead of sour cream. They were so good! Every once in a while I make them and get to enjoy the whole bowl myself too. Sometimes there’s perks to having something that the hubby and kids won’t eat! Your post about friends makes me think of my friend, Kris (shout out to Lancaster County, PA – Hey Kris!) We met in 10th-grade back in the mid 80’s – we shared homeroom before 1st period. I was only 15 when we met and absolutely forbidden by my dad to start wearing makeup yet. Kris would come to homeroom with an arsenal of cosmetics, and I remember being fascinated, watching her apply her eyeshadow and lipgloss- I couldn’t wait for the green-light to buy all that stuff. We remained tight all through highschool ; I started dating my hubby when I was in 11th grade ( he went to a different high school). Kris met her future husband around the same time; he was in the grade below us. I laugh at a particular memory from that year, because I had 3rd period history class and I sat in the second row, the fifth seat back. I would doodle both my and my hubby’s initials in a heart on the desktop and be dismayed to come back the next day and see our initials/heart scrubbed out and a new heart with ‘K + D’ written in it! I remember being really peeved…….Imagine my surprise, when Kris introduced me to Dave and I realized that Dave sat in the exact same seat in history class, the period after me! He would see my heart, erase it, and write their initals in a heart. We got a good laugh out of it….even if the history teacher and janitor didn’t……. Anyway, all these years later, Kris and Dave and their kids and my husband, I and our kids camp together several times each summer, and my family heads out to visit them and enjoy some time in PA Dutch country a couple times a year. It is so neat to have her friendship all these years later.

  3. I LOVE this post! Sara Jane’s grandmother, Jane, has been my mom’s very best friend since 7th grade. They were college roommates at Auburn, in each other’s weddings, and have experienced every overwhelming joy and hard challenge life has brought them through….together. Like Katy Rose and Sara Jane, they are alike in many ways, yet very different in others….the perfect blend of a lasting, life long friendship. What a blessing a true friend is, no matter what our age!

  4. Christy,

    What delightful wisdom on friendships, fun and fierce loyalties! I am looking forward to trying your cucumber salad recipe, which I know will be great. My mom was from Germany, so she often made cucumber salads. I agree that they are delicious and amazingly refreshing. They also keep well. They are therefore good to make ahead for company and to take on picnics or to potlucks. My mom’s variation, which is also delicious, was made without the sour cream–just vinegar diluted with a bit of water (so the salad was not too acidy to her taste), oil and fresh chopped chives from our back yard, plus any seasonings desired like salt or sugar.

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