You only need 10 minutes or less to make this refreshing summery creamy cucumber salad with sour cream recipe. This creamy cucumber dill salad never fails to bring everyone around the table, it is a perfect side dish for any time of the year. It is light, refreshing, and flavorful.
Creamy Cucumber Salad (Creamy cucumber dill salad)
You will love this recipe because it is economical, easy and quick and only requires a handful of ingredients. Even your pickiest eater would love this one!
A good creamy cucumber salad should have a balance of sweetness, acidity, and creaminess. This summer salad is everything mentioned and more. It is fresh, light, and delicious! More importantly, it is also a healthy salad that is low in calories and super refreshing as it mostly contains water. This salad is perfect for a summer potluck, picnic, or barbeque.
Best cucumber for salad
The best cucumber for salad will have to be English cucumber, also known as a seedless cucumber. They are long and have thinner skin and the right texture for salads. They have fewer seeds and are sweet, which makes them perfect for salads. That said, I have tried baby cucumber also known as Lebanese cucumber (Persian cucumber) for salad and it was equally good.
Best vinegar for cucumber salad
The best vinegar for cucumber salad is white vinegar or apple cider vinegar or any mildly flavored vinegar. They are light and won't overpower the flavor of the salad.
Do I need to salt and drain the cucumber before assembling
There is no need to salt and drain the cucumber for this recipe. The essence of salting cucumber is to remove the water content so that it will not make the salad watery. However, in this case, the salad is served immediately or within a few hours of making it. Therefore, there is no need for this step and the salad will still remain crisp.
What you'll need to make creamy cucumber salad
Cucumber: I recommend English cucumber for this salad, you can choose to peel the skin or leave it on. English cucumber has fewer seeds, and you don't need to scoop the seed out for this recipe.
Red onion: It is crisp, and sweet, and adds a nice contrast to the salad. You can soak the onion in cold water for 10 minutes if you are not a fan of the raw onion taste.
Sour cream: I like to use full-fat sour cream, but you can use light sour cream. Substitute sour cream with Greek yogurt and up the sugar to balance the tanginess of the yogurt.
Dillweed: It is a must in this salad, it gives the salad a nice flavor. Substitute dried dill for fresh dill and double or triple the quantity used.
sugar: It helps to take the edge off the sour cream, vinegar, and onion. You only need about a teaspoon but you can omit it if you prefer.
White wine vinegar
Salt and black pepper
Garlic powder: this is optional
How to make creamy cucumber salad with sour cream
Make the sour cream dressing: In a bowl whisk together sour cream, dillweed, sugar, white wine vinegar, salt, and pepper until combined then set aside or keep in the fridge until needed.
Prep the veggies: Using a sharp knife or mandoline, slice the cucumber thinly, you can peel the skin or leave it on. Also, slice the onions
Combine: add the thinly sliced cukes and onions into a bowl, add the sour cream dressing and gently mix to combine.
Serve immediately or place in the fridge for about 30 minutes for the flavor to meld.
How to store
Creamy cucumber salad is best served immediately or for a few hours (a maximum of 4 hours). After that, the salad starts to get watery, and the cucumber loses its crunch. If you want to make it ahead, I recommend making the salad dressing and sliced cucumber separately and combining them when you are ready to serve it. This way, your salad will stay fresh, nice, and crunchy.
What to serve it with
This salad goes well with grilled chicken, fish, or steak. It is also delicious on its own as a light lunch or dinner. You can serve this salad with any of the following delicious dishes.
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Creamy Cucumber Salad With Sour Cream
- 1 English cucumber about 1 foot long and 2-inch thick
- ½ cup red onion
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 ½ teaspoon dillweed sub with 1 tablespoon fresh dill or as needed
- 1 teaspoon sugar granulated or caster
- 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder optional
- In a bowl whisk together sour cream, dillweed, sugar, white wine vinegar, salt, and pepper until combined then set aside or keep in the fridge until needed.
- Using a sharp knife or mandoline, slice the cucumber thinly, you can peel the skin or leave it on. Also, slice the onions
- Add the thinly sliced cucumber and onions into a bowl, add the sour cream dressing and gently mix to combine. Taste and adjust salt and black pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately or place in the fridge for about 30 minutes for the flavor to meld. Enjoy!
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