Recipe Review

This Creamy Cucumber Salad Should Be Your Go-To Side Dish for Summer Grilling

published Jul 11, 2022
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Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Anna Stockwell

Summer days are some of my favorite times to host dinners for family and friends. Beautiful weather and longer stretches of sunlight lend themselves perfectly to outdoor grilling. But while making those perfectly grilled steaks, hamburgers, and hot dogs, sometimes I want to offer a side dish that is a break from those traditional starchy options like potato or macaroni salad, and showcases the fresh vegetables and herbs of the season. And thanks to food blogger @feelgoodfoodie, this Creamy Cucumber Salad may just fit the bill.

The creator recently shared her quick and easy recipe for this tasty salad that requires minimal ingredients, minimal prep time, and is sure to be a hit at my next backyard cookout. It uses fresh cucumber and dill, along with a few other ingredients sure to be on hand in the fridge.

You’ll begin by breaking a cucumber in half. You can cut it with a knife, of course, but it’s always nice to skip a step and avoid extra utensils to wash. Then, grab a vegetable peeler and use that to make thin slices.

For the dressing (or creamy part), just mix sour cream, red wine vinegar, a pinch of sugar, garlic powder, and fresh dill. All that will get whisked together until combined and you’ll then toss in those sliced cucumber slices. Grab your veggie peeler again and use that to add thin slices of red onion. Add salt and pepper to season before tossing everything together and enjoying!

A salad like this is best chilled, so it may be a good idea to make it ahead at the beginning of the day and leave it covered in your refrigerator until it’s time for your BBQ or dinner. Or, if you’re planning to keep it out on display, create your own cold tray to keep it fresh. Whichever option you choose though, this salad will be one last thing to have to worry about at the last minute, and it’ll taste great on its own or paired with any meat fresh off the grill.