by Olena

Creamy Cucumber Salad

by Olena

5 from 2 reviews

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.

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.

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 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 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

Serving Suggestions

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Creamy Cucumber Salad recipe in a bowl

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Creamy Cucumber Salad

5 from 2 reviews

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.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: North American
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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

  1. In a large bowl, combine cucumber, dill, yogurt, salt and pepper.
  2. Stir gently with a metal spoon until well combined.
  3. Let the salad stand for 10 mins in the fridge.
  4. 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.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. 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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