A healthy cucumber salad with a creamy dill dressing, this fresh and crunchy salad makes a refreshing side dish – or use it to top your burgers or sliders!
Creamy Cucumber Salad with Dill
It’s happened to me too many times to count.
I’m wrapping up a delicious main dish – final steps or touches, so excited to dig in an enjoy, when I realize that I didn’t prepare a vegetable.
Then, I find myself scrambling – trying to come up with something that is:
1. delicious, and
2. ready in five minutes
I try to fill at least half of our plates with vegetables and I do try to think ahead and plan appetizing vegetable side dishes and salads, but sometimes in the excitement of planning out our main (or just the overwhelm from end-of-school antics and trying to get supper on the table before we run off to an extra-curricular or errand), it gets overlooked.
That’s why you’ll notice that most of my vegetable or salad recipes are ready in five minutes or less – because they are meant to fit in between those few moments when you realize you forgot to plan a veggie and you need to get supper on the table ASAP. (Or, if you’re better at planning than me – they are the perfect quick side dish to let you focus on your main.)
This healthy, creamy cucumber salad relies on yogurt or sour cream for that creamy dressing (rather than mayo). We also made it flavorful with garlic, dill, chopped onions and a hit of lemon juice. This creamy salad is that perfect balance of refreshing and tangy – it makes a great side dish but it would also be great on top of a burger.
Ingredients for Creamy Cucumber Salad
- 2 cucumbers, thinly sliced
- 3/4 cup yogurt or sour cream
- 1/2 small onion, diced
- 1 Tablespoon fresh dill or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried
- 1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Tip: remember to taste and adjust the seasoning to your personal preferences. I enjoy this salad the day it is made and the day after – but find it too soggy for my liking after 2 days.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mandolin <– this $10 tool is the key to perfectly thin and even slices of veggies in recipes like this. You can also use it to make homemade chips
- Garlic mincer
- Mixing bowl
How to Make Creamy Cucumber Salad with Dill
Thinly slice the cucumbers using a mandolin or food processor.
Combine the onion, sour cream, dill, lemon juice, garlic and salt and pepper. Adjust to taste.
Combine with the cucumbers and set in fridge for at least an hour before serving.
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A creamy, tangy and refreshing cucumber salad recipe – this vegetable side dish is ready in less than 5 minutes and makes a great last-minute addition to a BBQ or busy weeknight meal.