This Cucumber Salad is a recipe that’s been in my family for years. Fresh cucumbers and onions, salted, squeezed and tossed with simple and flavorful sour cream dill dressing. Serves 8 depending.
Summer = Lots of Cucumbers.
So. Many. Cucumbers.
During the summer months friends and family with gardens are literally throwing their cucumbers at me and saying “here catch”! Like I’ll even have the bruises to prove it.
So, when life hands you lots and lots of cucumbers, there’s only one recipe to make (besides pickles, obviously) – my Great Grandmas recipe for cucumber salad. Or as it’s written on her recipe card: Cuke Salad. It’s simple, very retro but super fresh and delicious.
And I bet you fifty bucks that my Great Grandma Rita came up with this recipe from having an over abundance of cucumbers.
To Make this Cucumber Salad With Dill Dressing you will need:
- cucumbers – The base of this recipe. I like to use small pickling cucumbers but any will do.
- red onion – If you don’t have a red onion, use a Spanish onion.
- kosher salt – Used for flavoring and drawing out the moisture from the sliced onion and cucumber.
- sour cream – The base of the creamy dressing. Adds richness and tang.
- dill (fresh) – Lends a sweet and grassy with notes of celery and parsley.
- sugar – For adding sweetness to the dressing.
- black pepper – This will add some subtle bite and flavor.
- white balsamic vinegar – Can be substituted with champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar.
Prep the cucumbers and onions:
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. The kosher salt will draw out the moisture and intensify the flavor!
Repeat with the layering until all the sliced cucumber and onions are used. Tightly cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. You could do it longer for softer cucumbers, however I like my veggies to remain a little crunchy.
Make The Dressing:
While the cucumbers 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.
Once the time is up on the cucumbers use your impeccably clean hands to squeeze out all of the water from the vegetables.
Work in batches, transferring the squeezed cucumber and onions into a clean bowl.
Add in the dressing, a little at a time until if you want yours a little less “saucy”. I prefer mine extra saucy!
Toss and refrigerate for at least another 30 minutes or so. The flavors develop the longer this salad chills.
This cucumber salad brings back so many childhood memories.
Back then we used the cucumbers from our family’s garden. As a kid, I would frown at the onions and secretly eat just 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! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
Cuke Salad with Sour Cream Dill Dressing
- 6 smalli-sh pickling cucumbers, or 2 regular cucumber, washed and sliced (or about 3 cups)
- 1/2 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
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 splashes white balsamic vinegar, or white wine vinegar
- 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.
- Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
- With your impeccably clean hands, working in batches, squeezing the excess moisture out of the cucumbers and onions and transferring them into a clean bowl, set off to the side.
- 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.
- 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 fresh dill before serving.
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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?
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! 🙂
WOW…that sounds great…I have everything one hand,wil try it tomorrow…
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.
Ooooh Laney! I think you're on to something!!
Love that this is made with sour cream! Looks delicious!
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
cukes. do you hear that? CUKES… it's definitely catching on 😉
This looks so delicious. I would love this with my lunches.
Ser.ious.ly. I could smear that on my face and eat what starts to drip and be happy in life.
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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 🙂
Love this post. You made me laugh! 🙂
Great recipe,and even better that came from your great grandmother.
Congrats on Top 9…. btw, your photography is stunning.
patissierement-votre~ THANKS! And WELCOME :)!
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Spiceblogger~ Thank you so much!! 🙂
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!
Beautiful salad! I'll definitely do this one.
this looks absolutley yummy and refreshing! similiar to the cucumber salad my grandmother made but yours is with a twist! 🙂
I think you did your Great Grandma proud! Nice story.
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! 🙂
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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!
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Can it be frozen?
I wouldn’t advise it.
Can’t wait to make this haven’t had in a very long time!!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Me either, Peggy! I think I’ll be making this again and soon!❤️
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Ask me how I twisted my ankle… doing a happy dance after trying this recipe!!! So good! Forgot to buy red onion, I can see how it’s necessary. And I left the sugar out too. Thank you for this recipe! It’s absolutely going into the rotation!
Oh no! I hope you’re okay! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for taking the time to not only make it, but leave such a great review!
1) didn’t know they stopped being cukes
2) no red onions -forced to use Vidalias
3) we don’t have home-grown cukes yet but do have bunches of dill. Also used home-grown chives & local honey. Turned out a fine dressing. Hubby loves when I use new recipes for our garden veg. I’m thinking the sauce’s be great on the fresh pulled beets
Your Recipe caught our attention, so we added it to our list: 25 Refreshing Summer Salads. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe. Keep up the good work!
Thank you! ☺️