Creamy Cucumber Salad (One Bowl)

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Quick and easy creamy cucumber salad recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot or bowl in 20 minutes. A Summer salad, loaded with sour cream, mayonnaise and red onions. Also known as creamy cucumber dill salad recipe!

My family and friends adore this light Asian Cucumber Salad but this rich and creamy version is so popular and truly a classic recipe that everyone should know how to make.

How to make creamy cucumber salad?

  1. Make a simple but creamy salad dressing by mixing together sour cream, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, garlic powder, ginger powder, parsley dill.
  2. Mix in cucumbers and onions.
  3. Serve immediately.

What to serve with cucumber salad?

This is a fresh Summer salad that makes a wonderful side dish with smoked, baked or grilled chicken, steak and even fish (salmon). It’s a classic side dish for picnics, potlucks and Summer BBQ parties.

Try it with some of these family favorite main dishes: Honey Garlic Chicken (One Pan)or this Chili Lime Chicken (One Pan), and even this Easy Pot Roast (Stovetop & Oven).

How do you sweat cucumbers?

This step is not required in my recipe. Typically, it involves sprinkling salt over sliced cucumbers and letting it sit for 20 minutes. Then, discarding the water that was released and pat the cucumber dry. Use these cucumbers in salad now.

Creamy Cucumber and Onion Salad

Variations

Cucumber tomato salad– Mix in 1 cup roughly chipped tomatoes.

Cucumber and onion salad– I like to add red onions but typically, they are not added. You can omit them, if you like.

Add radish– Mix in 1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes.

Make it spicy- Add some red chili flakes or finely chopped jalapenos.

Add nuts- To add a little crunch and nutty flavor. Try roasted cashews, almond, pecans or walnuts.

Tips and Techniques

Use full fat ingredients– For maximum creaminess and richness. This is especially with regards to sour cream and mayo. You can also use Miracle Whip instead of mayo.

Can you make creamy salad with Greek Yogurt? Yes! It’s a healthier alternative to sour cream or mayo but has a strong tangy flavor. You can also make this salad healthy by using low fat mayo and sour cream.

Adjust amount of herbs and spices- This is based on your personal preference. Add more or less of whatever you like or dislike. You can also add some Ranch seasoning or dressing.

Serve immediately- That’s because this salad does not have a very long shelf life. When it sits for too long in the fridge, the cucumbers start releasing water, become limp and loose their “crispiness.” The salad becomes a watery mess.

What herbs to use in salads? Typically, only dill is used but I like to use a combination of dill and parsley together for a better flavor profile. You can also use basil, chives, green onions or even cilantro. Make sure to use fresh herbs since they taste the best.

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Easy Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe
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Creamy Cucumber Salad

Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Quick and easy creamy cucumber salad recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot in 20 minutes. A cool Summer salad, loaded with sour cream, dill and onions. 

Servings: 4 People
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy salad
Calories: 202 kcal
Author: Abeer

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Sour cream Full fat
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise Full fat
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice Or vinegar
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Ginger Powder
  • 1.5 tbsp Parsley Fresh, Finely chopped
  • 1.5 tbsp Dill Fresh, Finely chopped
  • 3 Cucumbers English cucumbers, Thinly sliced into circles and then cut into semi circles
  • 1 cup Red onions Thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. In a large salad bowl, add sour cream, mayonnaise, oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, ginger powder, parsley, dill.

  2. Mix everything together until smooth.

  3. Add cucumbers, onions and mix until fully coated in the creamy dressing.

  4. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Tastes best when served immediately but leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 day. 
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Cucumber Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 150mg6%
Potassium 414mg12%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 460IU9%
Vitamin C 13.8mg17%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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