by Olena

Creamy Cucumber Salad

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Olena Osipov
5 from 6 votes

Creamy Cucumber Salad is fresh, crunchy and creamy with cucumbers, dill, yogurt or sour cream. 10 minute salad my grandma made in Ukraine during summer. Also quick and affordable year round.

Serve this salad at potlucks, BBQs, and gatherings – alongside ground chicken burgers or black bean burgers!

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe

Creamy cucumber salad screams summer. Although in North America we are lucky to make affordable cucumber salad year round.

Grandma in Ukraine whipped up all possible cucumber salad variations during July-August while she could. Only cucumbers, with tomatoes, with unrefined sunflower oil, with white vinegar…

Creamy Cucumber Salad in glass bowl with metal spoon

This easy cucumber salad recipe is a perfect quick side dish for summer night dinner, poolside BBQ or unexpected company.

I love simple salads, and this is just one in my ‘rotation’, including this simple cucumber and tomato salad, avocado salad, Greek salad, and lemony kale salad. In fact, cucumber is one of my favorite low-cost, year-round salad additions, you can find it within my corn avocado salad, Ukrainian coleslaw, Mediterranean quinoa salad, spinach salad, and black bean salsa – just to name a few!

What Are The Best Cucumbers for Cucumber Salad?

English cucumbers. The best part of this salad is that it tastes very good with available year-round and affordable long English cucumber. Its skin is soft enough to avoid peeling.

Dill cucumbers would be great during summer months. This is what my grandma used in Ukraine cause that’s the only cucumbers we had in July-August.

sliced cucumbers, yogurt, dill, salt and pepper in glass bowl

Other Ingredients for Cucumber Salad

  • Greek yogurt – 2% and higher fat content would be comparable to the creaminess of sour cream but healthier.
  • Dill – Fresh dill is the best accompaniment for cucumbers. Please do not use dried seaweed.

How to Make Creamy Cucumber Salad

  • Slice cucumber thinly into half-moon shapes.
  • Add chopped dill, yogurt, salt and pepper.
  • Add yogurt and stir well. It might appear not enough yogurt but keep stirring.
  • Refrigerate for 10 minutes for best results.

Creamy Cucumber Salad recipe with dill in glass bowl

How Long Does It Last?

Cucumber dill salad is best consumed within 2-3 hours. Cucumbers consist of 99% water, so as soon as you add salt they start “leaking”. Photo below shows well how dressing becomes more and more runny and cucumbers lose their crunch.

To make ahead, I recommend to refrigerate chopped cucumber, dill and pepper for up to 24 hours. Add salt and yogurt before serving.

Less watery salad tip: Scraping out seeds will prevent the salad from getting watery. No need to do so with small dill cucumbers.

dressing at the bottom of a bowl with cucumber salad

Salad Variations

  • Grandma always used sour cream – we didn’t have yogurt.
  • Add thinly sliced red onion.
  • Replace half of cucumber with sliced tomatoes.
  • Parsley, chives or green onion instead of dill.
  • Add a splash of vinegar or sugar for more traditional North American recipe.
  • Add 1-2 tbsp of mayo.

Creamy Cucumber Salad served with grilled chicken thigh on white plate and black fork

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Creamy Cucumber Salad recipe in a bowl

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad is fresh, crunchy and creamy with cucumbers, dill, yogurt or sour cream. 10 minute salad my grandma made in Ukraine during summer. Also quick and affordable year round.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 21kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 2 large cucumbers thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill chopped
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt; at least 2%
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine cucumber, dill, yogurt, salt and pepper.
  • Stir gently with a metal spoon until well combined.
  • Let the salad stand for 10 mins in the fridge.
  • This Creamy Cucumber salad is best consumed within 2-3 hours.
  • Make ahead: Keep chopped ingredients (without salt) covered  in the refrigerator for up to 24 hrs. Add yogurt and salt, then stir before serving.

Notes

  • Grandma always used sour cream - we didn't have yogurt.
  • Add thinly sliced red onion.
  • Replace half of cucumber with sliced tomatoes.
  • Parsley, chives or green onion instead of dill.
  • Add a splash of vinegar or sugar for more traditional North American recipe.
  • Add 1-2 tbsp of mayo.
  • Seeds English cucumber for less watery salad.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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  1. 5 stars
    Grew up with this salad all summer long (Mom born in Ukraine). I have continued the tradition. We love it, as well as cottage cheese salad. Yum. Enjoy your recipes.

  2. 5 stars
    Great summer side and one we grew up with at every family picnic and summer birthdays. I did add a bit of sherry vinegar and just a pinch of sugar-to more mimic Moms. She would have had onions too, but I left those out. I added fresh herbs from the garden-dill chives and parsley. A nice “memory” salad.

  3. 5 stars
    So quick, easy, and great! This will be a summer staple for sure. Many of your recipes are very point friendly on the Weight Watcher program. So loving your website!

  4. 5 stars
    Great recipe! Dill and cucumbers are coming into the garden now in Southern Indiana, and this is such a refreshing side dish on these hot and muggy days.

    1. It’s one of my favourite combinations too! Glad you are liking the recipe and have some fresh garden produce to use!

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