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Creamy Cucumber Salad – My Mom’s Delicious Recipe

Creamy cucumber salad is so delicious! It’s perfect to serve for a summer party, a family get together, or a picnic in the park. The “secret sauce” is the right combination of vinegar, sour cream, and milk.

This simple recipe can be made in just minutes and you probably have all of the ingredients you need already on hand. It’s great served with barbecue grilled Texas Flank Steak and a side of good old-fashioned homemade mashed potatoes.

The full recipe with instructions are available in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. You can find helpful tips and tricks within the blog post itself.

Where I Got This Recipe

This recipe is from my Mom. She was a great cook ~ most of her recipes were simple…nothing too complicated….but always delicious! This was one of my favorites and even though I have her exact recipe, mine never tastes as good as my mom’s ~ she just had a way about her!

What’s in this Creamy Cucumber Salad?

Three fresh cucumbers on a cutting board - main ingredient for a creamy cucumber salad

As I said above, this is a super simple recipe. It calls for cucumbers, onion (red onion tastes the best in this recipe), sour cream, vinegar, a bit of sugar, and milk. And, of course, salt and black pepper to taste.

Details, Questions, and Alternatives:

Can Greek yogurt be substituted for the sour cream?

Yes. Plain Greek yogurt is a wonderful recipe swap for sour cream. Greek yogurt can be used in place of sour cream in dips, dressings, and even in baked goods.

In order to do a successful swap, substitute full fat Greek yogurt for full fat sour cream in a 1:1 ratio, i.e., 1/2 cup sour cream equals 1/2 cup Greek yogurt.

If you’d like more information regarding harvesting and storing fresh cucumbers this is a wonderful article.

Collage with photos of a creamy cucumber salad recipe

Other Substitutions

  • Apple cider vinegar can be substituted for the white vinegar.
  • Feel free to make this Easy Creamy Cucumber Salad recipe your own by adding fresh herbs like chopped dill, parsley, or mint. All of these herbs go well with cucumbers and would be an easy way to change up this recipe to make it fit your specific taste.
  • Fresh garlic or a dash of garlic powder can also be added to the dressing prior to gently stirring in the cucumber slices.

How to Make Mom’s Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe- a Sweet and Sour Delight!

Creamy cucumber salad with a sprig of fresh mint on top in a colorful serving bowl

Creamy Cucumber Salad Ingredients:

1 Large fresh cucumber – peeled and sliced

4 ounces sour cream

2 tsp. vinegar

3 tsp. sugar {you can substitute Splenda} My mother was a diabetic and always substituted a sugar alternative and I never tasted a difference

Milk to desired consistency {whole milk while provide a creamier consistency while skim milk will be more “liquidy”}

Directions:

1. Peel the cucumber and cut into thin slices. Salt the sliced cucumber and squeeze-it is important to squeeze the cucumbers once sliced and salted to remove the extra liquid so that the salad is not watery. OR, you can cut the cucumber in half lengthwise once peeled and gently scoop out the seeds. This little trick will lessen the overall watery content of the recipe.

2. Combine sour cream, sugar, vinegar and milk blending well in a serving bowl.

3. Add cucumber slices to the creamy dressing.

4. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours prior to serving.

Garnish with fresh dill or dried dill if desired.

Notes:

If there is any leftover dressing I like to save it to serve over lettuce salads with a fresh tomato. I add a sprinkle of kosher salt and it is a heavenly treat! Try pouring it over grilled chicken (one of my favorite ways to use the leftover dressing).

Can I make This Recipe Ahead of Time?

Yes! If you won’t be serving it for a day or two make the dressing and refrigerate it separately from the sliced cucumber and onions. About an hour or two before serving, mix everything together and place back in the refrigerator until your ready to eat.

Vintage green bowl filled with creamy cucumbers - a wonderful summer party recipe

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Mary Beth
Creamy cucumber salad is so delicious! It's perfect to serve for a summer party, a family get together, or a picnic in the park. The "secret sauce" is the right combination of vinegar, sour cream, and milk.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Resting Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 44 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 fresh cucumber large
  • 4 ounces sour cream
  • 2 tsp. vinegar
  • 3 tsp. sugar
  • 2 ounces milk

Instructions
 

  • 1. Peel the cucumber and cut into thin slices. Salt the sliced cucumber and squeeze-it is important to squeeze the cucumbers once sliced and salted to remove the extra liquid so that the salad is not watery. OR, you can cut the cucumber in half lengthwise once peeled and gently scoop out the seeds. This little trick will lessen the overall watery content of the recipe.
    2. Combine sour cream, sugar, vinegar and milk blending well in a serving bowl.
    3. Add cucumber slices to the creamy dressing.
    4. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours prior to serving.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Cucumber Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 44 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 80mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 127IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword creamy cucumber salad, creamy salad dressing, cucumber salad
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Recipe Rating




Vickie

Friday 3rd of September 2021

My Mom had the same cucumber recipe. Used to love it growing up.

Mary Beth

Friday 3rd of September 2021

Thank you so much for letting me know! <3

Farmers Market ~ Organic Produce

Wednesday 4th of August 2010

[...] cucumbers above were used in my creamy sweet & sour cucumber salad, the peaches are going into a peach pie that will be baked hopefully today and the tomatoes have [...]

Brenda

Tuesday 3rd of August 2010

I've never tried this with lowfat sour cream and splenda, but its a good idea.

Sherry

Tuesday 3rd of August 2010

Yum! I love cukes!!

Thanks for sharing! Have a great day!! Sherry

Pianolady32/Muddled Mawkishness

Tuesday 3rd of August 2010

Wow! That sounds yummy to me and I hate cucumbers. :) Since everyone in my family (except for my mom and me) loves cucumbers, I'll have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing!