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Creamy Cucumber Salad with Dill

In this post I am sharing an easy recipe for Creamy Cucumber Salad with Dill.


Creamy cucumbers are a favorite cool summer side dish. It seems to be a particular favorite down here in the South but I’m sure it’s enjoyed all over too. I’m partial to the classic cucumber salad myself. 

There are a lot of questions from folks on what can you do with cucumbers besides make pickles…well a lot really. Sliced cucumbers can be topped with a number of things for appetizers. They also make a great addition to numerous salad recipes and there’s always the dainty cucumber sandwich.

A cucumber salad whether the classic version or the creamy version uses this fruit as the star of the dish. Yes, I did call cucumber a fruit. Technically it is!

If you call cucumbers a vegetable, no worries, you’re not alone. I’ve always referred to them as vegetables too. I’m not about to get all scientific and complicated here either….we’re here to make creamy cucumber salad so let’s get to it.

Southern Creamy Cucumbers with Onion

Cool Southern creamy cucumbers in a tangy creamy dressing with onion and dill

What are the benefits of cucumber? Cucumbers are high in Vitamin B-5 and help promote healthy skin. Since cucumbers contain a lot of water they aid in hydration during the hot summer months of the year. Cucumbers are also low in calories. 

The peelings of cucumber are high in fiber. Eating the peelings is optional. I leave a little on for visual interest and remove most of it. This keeps a happy balance in our home since the mister doesn’t care for the peels at all.

How do I wash cucumbers before use? Cucumbers can be washed with cool water while rubbing with your fingers to remove any dirt and debris. This doesn’t remove the wax often used on vegetables before they’re sent to the grocery stores. There are wash solutions that can be used to remove the waxy layer if desired.

Creamy Cucumber Salad with Mayo and Sour Cream

Sour cream cucumber salad with dill. Easy side dish recipe using cucumbers.

If you prefer not to make the dressing portion of this recipe, another great option is to use ranch dressing. It is a popular variation and equally delicious.

How do I make a creamy cucumber salad? You’ll need cucumbers (I’ve used English cucumbers in this recipe), sweet onion (like Vidalia), mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, dried dill (fresh works fine if you have it on hand), sugar, salt and pepper. 

The method to put it all together is quite simple. Prepare the cucumbers by peeling (or not) and slicing up the onion then combine with the creamy dressing. Allow the cucumber salad to chill in the refrigerator a few hours or overnight before serving. 

You’ll have yourself one tasty cool side dish that will be as refreshing as it is delicious on those warm days of summer.

Creamy Cucumber Salad with Dill

Yield: 6 Servings

Creamy Cucumber Salad with Dill

Quick and easy creamy cucumber salad with Vidalia onion and dill in a dressing of mayonnaise, sour cream and touch of buttermilk. It's tangy and delicious. The perfect cool side for summer.

Classic creamy cucumber salad with sweet onion and dill.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • 2 English Cucumbers, halved, seeded and sliced (peeling optional)
  • 1/2 of a Sweet Onion. sliced thin
  • 1/3 c Mayonnaise
  • 1/3 c Sour Cream
  • 1/4 c Buttermilk, or enough to think out the dressing a little
  • 1 tsp Dried Dill
  • 1/4 tsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper, to taste


  1. Combine the cucumber and sliced onion in a mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream and buttermilk.
  3. Add the dill and seasonings to the dressing mixture then pour over the cucumber mixture.
  4. Toss to combine.
  5. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 343mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

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Susan the Farm Quilter

Wednesday 5th of June 2019

I was introduced to cucumber salad very late in life and just love it! Your recipe looks and sounds delicious! I've always seen the cucumber just sliced into "coins", but you seem to have removed the seeds as well, but that isn't mentioned in your it better with the seeds removed?

Julia Jordan

Thursday 6th of June 2019

Thank you for stopping by! I'm glad that you're enjoying this recipe. Down in the recipe card it mentions seeding the cucumbers. That is optional of course. In my recipe for tangy vinegar style cucumber salad, I've just sliced the cucumbers into coin slices. It depends on the recipe and what type of visual interest you want to add. I don't know how true this is but since I suffer from reflux and cucumbers can be aggravating...I heard that removing the seeds helps so I was giving it a try. I'm still undecided on that part though. ;) So if you like the seeds, there is no need to remove them.

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