Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe

This Creamy Cucumber Salad is a refreshing side dish perfect for hot summer days, barbecues, or as a light accompaniment to heavier meals. The combination of crisp cucumbers, tangy dressing, and fresh dill creates a deliciously cooling effect that’s both satisfying and healthful.


  • 2 large cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (substitute with sour cream, mayo, or a combination for different textures and flavors)
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon (alternatively, use 1/4 cup white vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, grated (optional for added zest)


  1. Prepare the Vegetables:
    • Wash the cucumbers and slice them thinly. You can peel the cucumbers if you prefer, but leaving the skin on will add a nice texture and color to the salad.
    • Thinly slice the red onion to incorporate a mild sharpness that complements the mild cucumbers.
  2. Mix the Dressing:
    • In a medium bowl, combine the Greek yogurt (or your choice of creamy base), lemon juice and zest (or vinegar), and grated garlic if using. Whisk until smooth.
    • Add the chopped fresh dill to the dressing and stir to incorporate. The dill not only adds flavor but also enhances the salad’s freshness.
  3. Combine Salad:
    • Add the sliced cucumbers and onions to the bowl with the dressing. Toss everything together until the cucumbers and onions are evenly coated with the dressing.
    • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Be sure to mix well so that the flavors meld together.
  4. Chill:
    • Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. This chilling time allows the cucumbers to marinate and the flavors to develop fully.
  5. Serve:
    • Give the salad a quick mix before serving to redistribute the dressing. Serve chilled as a refreshing side.


  • Cucumber Selection: Use English cucumbers for a seedless option that is crisp and has thin skin.
  • Adjusting Tartness: Depending on your preference for tanginess, adjust the amount of lemon juice or vinegar.
  • For Extra Creaminess: For a richer version, increase the amount of Greek yogurt or add a tablespoon of mayonnaise.
  • Make Ahead: This salad can be made a few hours in advance, making it perfect for gatherings or meal prep.


Creamy Cucumber Salad is not only easy to make but also versatile and adaptable to your taste preferences. It’s a staple dish for summer picnics and pairs well with grilled meats, fish, or as a standalone light lunch. Enjoy the crisp, cool textures and creamy, flavorful dressing of this delightful salad!