Creamy Cucumber Salad with Dill

published Jul 13, 2022
summer
Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe

The best cucumber salad is made with crisp slices of cucumber tangled with mellow, sweet red onion and wisps of fresh dill, and blanketed with a tangy, creamy dressing.

Serves 4 as a side

Prep7 minutes to 10 minutes

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Credit: Kelli Foster

There is absolutely no shortage of ways to toss together a totally refreshing cucumber salad. But the one I come back to again and again is made with crisp slices of cucumber tangled with sweet red onion and wisps of fresh dill, and blanketed with a rich and tangy dressing. It’s a summer staple that’s a breeze to pull together and partners with almost anything. Best of all, the cucumbers stay crispy for days.

How Do You Keep Cucumbers from Getting Watery in Salad?

The best solution to keep your cucumber salad from getting watery is to salt the cucumbers before mixing together the salad. This simple step actually has several benefits:

  • Keeps the salad from getting watery. Setting the sliced cucumbers in a colander, sprinkling them with salt, and letting them sit for 30 minutes pulls some of the water content from the cucumbers and allows them to easily drain.
  • Keeps the cucumbers crisp. The cukes will keep their crisp bite for days.
  • Seasons the salad. Not to worry, the salad won’t be salty. You’ll use just enough kosher salt that the salad is nicely seasoned.
Credit: Kelli Foster

Should You Peel Cucumbers for Salad?

I think the best cucumber salad starts with peeled cucumbers, though ultimately this comes down to personal preference. Leaving the skin on can make for a tougher bite. This recipe calls for English cucumbers, which have a relatively thin, sweet skin. Slicing cucumbers, on the other hand, have a thicker, sometimes waxy skin, and should always be peeled first.

Which Cucumbers Are Best for Salad?

English cucumbers (also known as hot house cucumbers) make the best cucumber salads thanks to their subtle sweetness and firm texture. These are the long, semi-seedless variety that usually come wrapped in plastic if you buy them in the grocery store. The only explanation we can find for the shrink wrapping is that it protects the skin (which is un-waxed and sweeter than slicing cucumbers) and prevents water loss. They are referred to as seedless simply because the seeds are smaller and less noticeable.

Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe

The best cucumber salad is made with crisp slices of cucumber tangled with mellow, sweet red onion and wisps of fresh dill, and blanketed with a tangy, creamy dressing.

Prep time 7 minutes to 10 minutes

Serves 4 as a side

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 pound

    English cucumbers (about 2 medium)

  • 1/2 small

    red onion

  • 1 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1 small bunch

    fresh dill

  • 3 tablespoons

    sour cream, preferably full-fat

  • 3 tablesoons

    plain Greek yogurt, preferably full-fat

  • 1 tablespoon

    white wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon

    granulated sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Prepare the following, adding each to a colander as you complete it: Peel and thinly slice 1 pound English cucumbers crosswise. Thinly slice 1/2 small red onion.

  2. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and toss to coat. Set the colander in a large bowl or in the sink, and let stand for 30 minutes to release some of their water.

  3. Meanwhile, finely chop the leaves and tender stems from 1 small bunch fresh dill until you have 1/4 cup. Place the dill, 3 tablespoons sour cream, 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.

  4. Gently pat the cucumbers and onion dry with a paper towel. Add to the dressing and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to allow the flavors to meld. Serve chilled.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.