Creamy Cucumber Salad with Mayo

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This Creamy Cucumber Salad with Mayo is a light, refreshing side that’s perfect on a hot summer’s day. Crisp cucumbers, red onions, and a creamy dressing made with mayo, sour cream, and lots of fresh dill, this salad is a perfect addition to any cookout with friends or a weeknight summer dinner at home!

Looking for easy dinners to pair this with? Try my Crockpot BBQ Pulled Chicken, Cheesy Baked Spaghetti, or Air Fryer Chicken Wings!

Creamy cucumber salad with mayo and sour cream in a large bowl with two wooden spoons.
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RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Creamy Cucumber Salad:

Cucumbers and red onions being chopped on a wooden cutting board.
Ingredients needed for the creamy dressing for this cucumber salad.

INGREDIENT NOTES

Cucumbers: English cucumbers are perfect for this salad as they have a thin skin, small seeds, and crisp texture. I used two large cucumbers for this creamy cucumber salad recipe and cut them into medium-thin slices using a sharp knife. You can also use a mandoline slicer if you want thinner, perfectly uniform slices.

Salad Dressing: A simple blend of sour cream, mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, dried dill, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt adds tangy and savory flavor to the cucumbers and onions.

HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE CUCUMBER SALAD WITH MAYO: STEP-BY-STEP

Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with exact ingredients will be in the printable recipe card below!

Steps 1&2: In a large bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until creamy and smooth. You can do this directly in the bottom of the bowl to save extra dishes. Taste and season with a bit more salt if needed.

To the same bowl, add sliced cucumbers and onions.

Creamy cucumber salad dressing being stirred together in a bowl.
Cucumbers and red onion being mixed with the dressing in a bowl.

Step 3: Toss well until all cucumber slices and red onion slices are fully coated with the tangy dressing. Chill this fresh cucumber salad for at least one hour or enjoy right away.

Last step when making creamy cucumber salad with mayo is to toss everything in a large bowl.

Make-Ahead Tip

Prepare the salad dressing up to 1 week in advance and store it in a small mason jar in the fridge. Slice the cucumbers and onions up to a day ahead of time, keeping them in the fridge until you’re ready to toss everything together to serve this simple salad!

STORAGE

Storage: If you have any leftover cucumber salad, store it in an airtight container. This simple side dish is best eaten within 24 hrs as the cucumbers will start to soften and lose their crunchy texture. They’ll also release water and dilute the dressing.

ADDITIONS & SUBSTITUTIONS

ADDITIONS:

  • Fresh herbs: In addition to dried dill weed, you can also add fresh dill or parsley to add some fresh flavors.
  • Lemon juice: Squeeze some fresh lemon juice to the cucumber salad dressing.

SUBSTITUTIONS:

  • Swap any fresh cucumbers: English or Persian cucumbers are great because they are seedless cucumbers with a thin skin, but try other varieties. Tip: If you find that regular cucumbers have large seeds, scoop them first to keep the moisture low.
  • Try a different vinegar: Swap the red wine vinegar with white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
  • Lighten up: The sour cream dressing makes this perfect side dish creamy and delicious, but you can swap that with plain Greek yogurt for a healthier twist or use reduced-fat sour cream.

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Creamy cucumber salad with mayo and dill in a large bowl with a wooden spoon.

Creamy Cucumber Salad with Mayo

Casey Rooney
This Creamy Cucumber Salad with Mayo is a light and refreshing side that's perfect on a hot summer's day. Crisp cucumbers, red onions, and a creamy dressing made with mayo, sour cream, and lots of fresh dill, this salad is a perfect addition to any cookout with friends or a weeknight summer dinner at home!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill time (optional) 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 233 kcal

Ingredients
  

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp mayo
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dried dill
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried onion (or onion powder)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Salad Ingredients

  • 2 large English cucumbers, thinly sliced about 4-5 cups
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced

Instructions
 

  • Make the dressing: In a large bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Taste, and season with a bit more salt, if needed.
  • Add & Toss: To the same bowl, add cucumbers and onions. Toss well until cucumbers and onions are fully coated with the dressing.
    Note: If you want to control the amount of dressing in this recipe, mix the dressing in a small bowl. Add the veggies to a larger bowl and drizzle on as much (or as little) dressing as you like!
  • Chill (optional): Chill the salad for at least one hour or enjoy right away!

Notes

Nutrition is only an estimate based on the Very Well Fit Nutrition Calculator
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Nutrition

Calories: 233kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 5.9gFat: 7.7gSaturated Fat: 1.9gCholesterol: 6mgPotassium: 842mgFiber: 3.8gSugar: 21gCalcium: 347mgIron: 9mg
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