Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad

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Classic cucumber dill salad is a must make for your next BBQ, potluck, or holiday. Crunchy cucumbers made with a creamy sauce, red onion, and fresh dill. This is a side dish I make on repeat.

Spoon with cucumber and onion salad.


Creamy cucumber dill salad is a must make, especially in the warm Summer months. A crunchy, creamy salad that is made with just a few simple ingredients but packs a flavor punch. This classic recipe has been made by my family for years.

Ingredients needed for creamy cucumber salad

Crisp cucumbers, fresh dill, and red onions, this salad has it all. A wonderful combination of flavor and texture.

Two cucumbers. bowl of sour cream, dill, onions, vinegar, and seasonings.
  • Cucumbers – English cucumbers work well for this salad because they have fewer seeds. You could also use mini cucumbers or Persian cucumbers.
  • Onion – I like using red onion for color and taste but you can substitute with a sweet onion.
  • Sour cream – Sour cream is the base for this salad. You can use full fat or light sour cream. You could even substitute with plain Greek yogurt if you prefer.
  • Vinegar – White vinegar adds a hint of acidity to the salad.
  • Dill – Fresh dill is the best for this recipe but if you can’t find fresh dill you can substitute with dried dill.
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Sugar – Sugar adds a nice flavor balance to this salad but can be omitted.

How to make cucumber dill salad

  • Dressing: In a large bowl, mix together mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.
Bowl with mayonnaise, fresh dill, and seasonings.
  • Cucumbers: Slice the cucumbers and onions. Pour them into the creamy mixture. Toss to coat.
Bowl of creamy dressing, sliced cucumbers, and sliced red onion.
  • Serve: Serve immediately or cover and chill in the refrigerator.

Heather’s recipe tips

  • Should you peel the cucumber? You can do either. If using English cucumbers, I prefer to leave the peel on for the color and extra crunch. If you don’t like the taste of the peel, feel free to remove.
  • Slice thin. Make sure to slice the cucumbers and onion thin. You can even cut the cucumber slices in half if you like a smaller bite. Using a mandolin helps to slice super thin.

What to serve with creamy cucumber dill salad

This is the perfect side dish for a variety of meals. Some of my favorite things to serve this salad with include:

Bowl with cucumber onion salad.

Variations and substitutions

Cucumbers: Use any cucumbers you have on hand. Garden cucumbers, English cucumbers, or the wax-coated cucumbers from the grocery store.

Vinegar: You can substitute the white vinegar with red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

Sour cream: Sour cream can be substituted with plain Greek yogurt.

Herbs: Try adding in extra fresh herbs like fresh parsley, fresh basil, chives, or green onions.

Seasonings: Turn up the heat by adding in crushed red pepper flakes. You can also add in a pinch of garlic powder, or even Everything Bagel Seasoning.

How to store cucumber salad

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Keep in mind that the cucumbers will start to release water after they are sliced. You can drain any excess water off of the salad and stir in a little extra sour cream before serving again.

Common questions

How do you keep cucumber salad from getting watery?

Once cucumbers are sliced, they will get watery. If you are concerned the cucumbers will get too water you can sprinkle a little salt on them once they have been sliced. Place them in a colander or on paper towels for about 30 minutes before making the salad.

Can you make this salad ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this salad about an hour ahead of time. You don’t want it to sit too long so that it doesn’t get watery. I do like chilling my cucumber salad for 30 minutes-1 hour before serving but it can also be served immediately.

After trying this creamy cucumber dill salad you are sure to understand why it’s a family favorite.

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Cucumber Salad With Dill

By Heather Seeley
This classic creamy cucumber dill salad is perfect for BBQ's, potlucks, holidays, and more. Cool, crunchy, creamy cucumber salad is so simple to make with fresh dill. This summer side dish is a must make!
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 English cucumbers, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup red onions, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 taspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Add sour cream, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Whisk together to combine.
  • Add the sliced cucumbers and sliced onions in the sour cream mixture. Stir to combine.
  • Serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.



Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 337IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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