Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Dive into the refreshing flavors of our Creamy Cucumber Delight. With the tantalizing combination of fresh cucumbers, dill, and a velvety dressing, this easy-to-make summer salad will become a favorite in your culinary repertoire.


  • Cucumbers: 1.5 pounds (preferably English or homegrown garden cucumbers)
  • Fresh Garlic: 1 clove
  • Dill: 1 tablespoon (fresh or frozen)
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: 1/2 tablespoon
  • Sour Cream: 1/2 cup (can substitute with Greek yogurt)
  • Onion: 1/2 (either purple or yellow)
  • Seasoning: 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and a pinch of black pepper


  1. Prepare the Cucumbers: First, take your cucumbers and rinse them thoroughly. If you’re using store-bought cucumbers coated in wax, peel them. For homegrown or English cucumbers, skip the peeling. Slice off the ends, then halve them lengthwise. Proceed to slice them into semi-circles. Transfer your cucumber slices to a big mixing bowl.
  2. Onion Time: Select your onion type, whether purple or yellow. Halve and finely slice the onion, ensuring thin pieces for a gentle crunch in every bite. Add these slices to your bowl of cucumbers.
  3. Dill Delight: Fresh dill enhances the flavor profile of this salad, making it truly delightful. If you’re using fresh dill, finely chop it. Add about a tablespoon of dill to the cucumbers and onions. Remember to save a pinch for garnishing!
  4. Creating the Creamy Dressing: In a separate bowl, combine the sour cream (or Greek yogurt) with fresh lemon juice. This adds a zesty twist to your dressing. For a more pronounced flavor profile, grate in the garlic clove or use a garlic press. Blend in the sea salt and a pinch of black pepper. Mix well until smooth.
  5. Mixing the Salad: Pour your creamy dressing over the cucumber and onion mix. Stir gently but thoroughly, ensuring the cucumbers are well-coated with the dressing.
  6. Serve & Enjoy: You can enjoy this salad immediately or refrigerate for an hour for flavors to meld. When serving, sprinkle the reserved dill on top for an added touch of green and flavor. Pair with your favorite summer dishes or enjoy on its own!

Tips & Variations from Ineskohl Kitchen:

  1. Yogurt Substitute: If you’re seeking a healthier twist or a tangier flavor, Greek yogurt works wonderfully as a substitute for sour cream.
  2. Mayo Magic: Want to enrich the dressing even further? A dash of mayo can elevate the creaminess and give it a rich texture.
  3. Onion Options: If you’re not a fan of strong onion flavors, opt for green onions or chives. These offer a milder taste while still adding a delightful crunch.
  4. Perfect Pairings: This creamy cucumber salad complements grilled proteins like chicken, steak, or salmon. It’s also a fantastic side for dishes like mashed potatoes or even just a plate of steamed rice.
  5. A Hint of Heat: For those who like a bit of kick in their salads, add a dash of red pepper flakes or a thinly sliced jalapeño.
  6. Storage: If you have leftovers (though we doubt you will!), store in an airtight container in the fridge. It’s best enjoyed within 2-3 days for optimum freshness.

A Note from Ineskohl Kitchen:

Every year, as the weather turns warm, I eagerly anticipate the arrival of cucumber season. This salad, reminiscent of cherished family gatherings and sun-soaked garden harvests, has always held a special place in my heart. Its delightful combination of crunchiness and creaminess is an ode to summer’s bounty. I hope this recipe brings joy to your table, just as it has to mine for years.

Whether you’re reminiscing about summer garden harvests or looking for a quick and delightful side dish, this Creamy Cucumber Delight is sure to please. With its rich flavors balanced by the freshness of cucumber and dill, it’s a timeless classic you’ll keep coming back to. Happy cooking from Ineskohl Kitchen!

For more summer-ready dishes and timeless classics, make sure to explore other recipes on Ineskohl Kitchen

Until next time, happy cooking and bon appétit!

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