Creamy Cucumber Shrimp Salad Recipe

This Creamy Cucumber Shrimp Salad is a refreshing and elegant dish, perfect for a light lunch or as a sophisticated side. Combining the succulence of chilled shrimp with the crispness of cucumbers and the creaminess of a mayonnaise and sour cream dressing, it’s a delightful blend of flavors and textures. Here’s how you can make it:


  • 2 pounds cooked shrimp, chilled: Peeled, tails off. The shrimp provides a sweet, seafood flavor that’s the star of the dish.
  • 2 cups sliced cucumber: Persian cucumbers are recommended for their crisp texture and mild flavor, sliced ¼ to ½ inch thick.
  • ½ cup mayonnaise: Adds creaminess to the dressing.
  • ¼ cup sour cream: Provides a tangy richness to the dressing.
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard: Adds a slight tang and depth.
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice: Brightens up the salad with a hint of acidity.
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill or chives: For a fresh, herby note. You can choose based on your preference.
  • Salt and pepper to taste: For seasoning.
  • Optional additions: Celery and/or red onion, finely chopped, for extra crunch and flavor.
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  1. Prepare the Dressing:
    • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, Dijon mustard, and fresh lemon juice until smooth. Stir in the chopped fresh dill or chives. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If using, add the optional celery and/or red onion to the dressing and mix well.
  2. Combine with Shrimp and Cucumber:
    • Add the chilled, cooked shrimp and sliced cucumbers to the bowl with the dressing. Gently toss to ensure that the shrimp and cucumbers are evenly coated with the creamy dressing. Be careful not to break the cucumber slices while mixing.
  3. Chill Before Serving:
    • Cover and refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. This chilling time also ensures the salad is served cold, enhancing its refreshing quality.
  4. Serve:
    • Give the salad a gentle stir before serving. Taste and adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper if necessary. Serve chilled, garnished with additional chopped dill or chives if desired.


  • Shrimp Preparation: For the best flavor, consider cooking the shrimp yourself with a bit of salt and lemon. If using pre-cooked shrimp, ensure they’re thoroughly chilled before adding to the salad.
  • Serving Suggestions: This salad can be served on its own for a light meal or alongside a leafy green salad or crusty bread for a more filling option.
  • Variations: Feel free to add other fresh herbs like parsley or mint for different flavor profiles. Avocado slices can also be a delicious, creamy addition to the salad.

Enjoy your Creamy Cucumber Shrimp Salad, a dish that’s sure to impress with its simplicity, elegance, and burst of fresh flavors!