The Very Best Creamy Cucumber Salad

Light, refreshing and crisp, the Very Best Creamy Cucumber Salad is a lightened rendition of a family favorite.  Fresh cucumbers are tossed with a tangy dressing made with Greek yogurt and combined with peppery red onions.  Simple and satisfying.

Creamy Cucumber Salad with red onion and dill in a yellow bowl on a blue napkin.

This recipe was originally published on August 3, 2015 and updated on May 20, 2019.

 

I never thought I was a picky eater as a child…but raising a picky eater has made me look back to my childhood and analyze the foods I loved while growing up.  The list was short….surprisingly short and I don’t know how/when I turned a corner into full blown “have to eat all the things” foodie. 

But it happened…I went from only eating corn, hot dogs (not made on the grill, only boiled), fried chicken (not homemade in any way, had to come from a store) and cucumber salad…to eating anything that happened to be in front of me.

Now, because I eat anything in sight, sometimes I forget to make the classics.  Like my favorite creamy cucumber salad recipe even though it’s super simple to make and goes with absolutely any cookout food on the planet. 

Creamy cucumber salad on a plate with grilled chicken breast.

I love it, it’s as refreshing as a glass of water on a hot summer day.  The crisp cucumbers are tossed in a creamy dressing and then chilled until you’re ready to serve. It’s one of the BEST Cucumber Salads you’ll ever make.

 

How do you make Creamy Cucumber Salad?

This Creamy Cucumber Onion Salad…..it’s simply summer in a bowl and I’ve lightened it up just a tad from the recipe I grew up with. Even though it’s a healthier cucumber salad than the classic, it’s still rich, creamy and full of tangy flavor.

To make this easy cucumber salad:

  1. Toss the sliced cucumbers and onions to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, dill and parsley.
  3. Pour the dressing over the cucumbers and toss to coat.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Creamy Cucumber Salad Dressing being poured over cucumbers in a glass bowl.

 

The Very Best Cucumber Salad take minutes to make. It’s the classic summer cookout dish and is wonderful for an impromptu get together.  I can literally have dinner on the table in less than 15 minutes for drop in guests since I always have the ingredients at my fingertips.  

I like to add the honey to the Cucumber Salad Dressing just to offset the tanginess of the vinegar.  You can totally skip the honey if you prefer to keep things sugar free, that’s totally fine with me.  I get it.  

Also, if you want to use sour cream in place of the Greek yogurt, that’s totally cool, too. Just use the same amount sour cream as yogurt is called for in the recipe below.

Creamy Cucumber Salad Dressing in a glass bowl.

How long does Creamy Cucumber Salad last?

You can totally stash this quick cucumber salad in the fridge for up to five days in an airtight container.  It’s great to make in advance for parties, too, because it’s actually better the next day!

Creamy Cucumber Salad in a yellow bowl on a blue napkin.

 

 

What to Serve with Cucumber Salad

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The Very Best Creamy Cucumber Salad

Course: sides
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cucumber salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 69 kcal

serve up this refreshing and creamy cucumber salad!

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Ingredients

  • 2 English Cucumbers sliced
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, toss the cucumbers with the red onion. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar and honey until smooth.

  3. Season with kosher salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Pour the dressing over the cucumber mixture and toss gently.

  5. Stir in the parsley and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

Creamy Cucumber Salad can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Be sure to toss before serving.

Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Creamy Cucumber Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 69 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Potassium 218mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 10.7%
Vitamin C 12.7%
Calcium 4.4%
Iron 3.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

11 comments on “The Very Best Creamy Cucumber Salad”

  1. Ooh I love how creamy and refreshing this looks!

  2. Looks refreshing think I’ll have to do that. Been looking for something different for a while.

  3. This is going to be my new cool salad

  4. I’m not a fan of cucumbers, but my mother loves them. She loved this salad and so did my daughter. Definitely something I will make for our cookouts again!!

  5. I’m sorry but you can’t make a good cucumber salad with yogurt. I make mine with mayo, a splash of vinegar, and a splash of milk. This is a great salad.

    • I have to disagree, Michael….while my original recipe doesn’t include yogurt (or MILK!), this lighter version replaces the full fat sour cream with lower fat greek yogurt and I get the same flavor as I do with the higher calorie salad. Try it sometime, I’m sure you’ll love it.

  6. Oh my gosh this looks so delicious. I can’t wait to try it!!

  7. Sounds yummy !!

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