Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream Dill Dressing

This Cucumber Salad is a recipe that’s been in my family for years. Fresh cucumbers and onions, salted and tossed with simple and flavorful sour cream dill dressing.

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I’ve got a problem. Okay so I had a problem and I think it’s safe to assume that maybe some of you are in the same predicament as I was?


So. Many. Cucumbers.

People are literally throwing their cukes at me and saying “here catch”! I even have the bruises to prove it.

I had so many cucumbers I could only think of one recipe to make (besides pickles), my Great Grandmas recipe for cucumber salad or as it’s written on her recipe card – Cuke Salad. It’s simple, fresh and I bet you fifty bucks that my Great Grandma Rita came up with this recipe from having an over abundance of cucumbers just like I did.

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I may not have had the chance to meet my Great Grandma but I know she was a great cook, who taught my Grandma who then taught my Mother and so on. My wish is that I will pass my love of food and cooking onto my girls. I already think I’ve got the wheels turning because on Monday, my 10 year-old asked if she could borrow my Nikon so that she could blog her lunch. Of course I told her to keep her dirty little mitts off my camera and go get her own.

What??? I was nice.

But before we move on I have one last, very important question. Does anyone call cucumbers “cukes” anymore? Because I’m so totally bringing it back. OOOOOOLD SCHOOOOOOL!!

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Here are the basics. Cukes – is it catching on yet? Red onion – if you don’t have a red onion then go ahead and use a Spanish onion, kosher salt, sour cream, sugar, black pepper and white balsamic or champagne vinegar. I only changed a few things because of what I had on hand, but the concept of recipe is still pretty much the same. Cukes and Onions. Yum!

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Trim off the ends of 6 small pickling cucumbers or 2 regular cucumbers. Slice them thin, but not too thin,think coins. Then peel and thinly slice up the red onion, should be about a cup.

In a large bowl, layer the cucumber slices, sliced onions and a pinch of kosher salt.

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Repeat with the layers then throw on some plastic wrap overtop and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. You could do it longer but I like my veggies to remain a little crunchy. The kosher salt will draw out the moisture and intensify the flavor!

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While the cakes 😉 and onions are doing their thing, measure out 1/4 cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill, 1 teaspoon sugar, salt and black pepper to taste into a medium bowl. Add a few splashes of vinegar and stir to combine.

If it’s a little too vinegary then just add a little more sour cream and a smidgen of sugar until it balances out.

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Once the time is up on the cucumbers use your impeccably clean hands to squeeze out all of the water from the vegetables and place them in a clean bowl.

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Add in the dressing, a little at a time until if you want yours a little less “saucy”. I prefer mine extra saucy!

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Toss and refrigerate for at least another 30 minutes or so. The flavors develop the longer this salad chills. Remember that mmmkay?

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This cucumber salad brings back so many good memories of my Mom making it for family events,  using the cucumbers from our family’s garden. Then I’d frown at the onions, and secretly eat only the cucumbers. But, not to day. The onions are my favorite part! Only now it’s my girls turn to pick around the onions. Glad to see history repeats itself.

Serve this summer classic up next to your favorite main dish and enjoy every last bite of summer.

Enjoy! And if you give this Cucumber Salad recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Cuke Salad with Sour Cream Dill Dressing

Cuke Salad with Sour Cream Dill Dressing
This Cucumber Salad is a recipe that's been in my family for years. Fresh cucumbers and onions, salted and tossed with simple and flavorful sour cream dill dressing.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Additional Time 35 minutes
Total Time 3 hours


  • 6 small pickling or 2 regular cucumbers, washed and sliced (or about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 a large red onion, thinly sliced (or about 1 cup)
  • kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • black pepper, to taste
  • a couple splashes white balsamic or white wine vinegar


  1. In a large bowl; layer a third of the cucumbers and onions, then a sprinkle of kosher salt, and repeat with the remaining cucumbers and onions.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  3. With your impeccably clean hands, squeeze the excess moisture out of the cucumbers and onions and place them into a clean bowl, set off to the side.
  4. In a small bowl; mix up the sour cream, fresh dill, sugar and black pepper. Add a couple splashes of vinegar. If you add too much vinegar just balance it out with a little more sour cream and a pinch of sugar.
  5. Pour dressing over cucumbers and onions, toss to combine and cover back up with plastic wrap. Refrigerated for another 30 minutes. Stir again, season with more black pepper and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 26 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 3mg Sodium: 62mg Carbohydrates: 4g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 2g Protein: 1g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
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28 Responses to “Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream Dill Dressing”

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    Aarthi — August 31, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    This is such a cooling and refreshing salad…I love the addition of dill in the dressing…Do you think any other herb will work in this?

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — August 31, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Aarthi! I love dill with cucumbers, but if I had to choose another herb then I'd use a mixture of chives and parsley or you could try it with out herbs at all! πŸ™‚

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    Aarthi — August 31, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    WOW…that sounds great…I have everything one hand,wil try it tomorrow…

  4. #
    Laney — August 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    This is one of my favorite salads. We make it all the time — except in our recipe, we add a little Tabasco. You should try it. So. Good.

  5. #
    Laurie @simplyscratch — August 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Ooooh Laney! I think you're on to something!!

  6. #
    Meredith {In Sock Monkey Slippers} — August 31, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Love that this is made with sour cream! Looks delicious!

  7. #
    RavieNomNoms — August 31, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    My mother makes something SO similar to this that my grandmother used to make for her. They don't put onions in it, but they do the sour cream and dill. I like your addition of the onions. I am sure that adds a nice bite

  8. #
    Kristy Lynn — September 1, 2011 at 6:24 am

    cukes. do you hear that? CUKES… it's definitely catching on πŸ˜‰

  9. #
    Pretend Chef — September 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    This looks so delicious. I would love this with my lunches.

  10. #
    Bev Weidner — September 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm I could smear that on my face and eat what starts to drip and be happy in life.


  11. #
    Ariel — September 2, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Looks good!

  12. #
    patissierement-votre — September 2, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Gorgeous blog! new follower! πŸ˜€ xoxo

  13. #
    Mandy — September 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I love your blog! I too have way too many cucumbers. I've got to take a side to a BBQ this weekend and have been looking for a cucumber recipe. So thanks! I now know what I'll be making πŸ™‚

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    spiceblogger — September 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Love this post. You made me laugh! πŸ™‚
    Great recipe,and even better that came from your great grandmother.
    Congrats on Top 9…. btw, your photography is stunning.

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — September 2, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    patissierement-votre~ THANKS! And WELCOME :)!

    Mandy~ I hope you love it!! Let me know πŸ™‚

    Spiceblogger~ Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

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    Jo — September 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Ah a cuke salad – this looks delicious. A lady at work has been bringing in her cuke overload from her garden. They are very tasty plain, but I have been looking for something a little different to do with them. This is perfect!

  17. #
    Jenny — September 2, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Beautiful salad! I'll definitely do this one.

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    European Cutie β™₯ — September 2, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    this looks absolutley yummy and refreshing! similiar to the cucumber salad my grandmother made but yours is with a twist! πŸ™‚

  19. #
    Jennifer — September 3, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I think you did your Great Grandma proud! Nice story.

  20. #
    BeckyI — September 8, 2011 at 3:10 am

    This looks sooo good! I have way too many cukes and have a potluck coming up at work so I am going to make this. Will prob make a batch for home too. Love your blog, just found it, can't wait to read more! πŸ™‚

  21. #
    Alina — January 18, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I do not know English and I used Google translate to understand my message.
    Therefore I apologize.
    Your recipe is copied from a site where several recipes are stolen.
    I could not remain indifferent in conditions in which all pictures and texts used shamelessly do not belong just to do something money.

    I leave the link below.
    A good night,

  22. #
    ray — July 31, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Great recipe. The only thing I do different is rinse the cukes and onion after salting them, and then putting them in a salad spinner to get the liquid out. The brining really makes a difference. Don’t skip that step!

  23. #
    Lucille — July 8, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Can it be frozen?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — July 22nd, 2016 @ 10:08 am

      I wouldn’t advise it.

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    Peggy Epstein — May 12, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Can’t wait to make this haven’t had in a very long time!!!!!❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 21st, 2018 @ 9:02 pm

      Me either, Peggy! I think I’ll be making this again and soon!❀️


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