This is the creamy cucumber salad recipe we've been making forever. It's the perfect balance of creamy and crunchy and it goes well with nearly every main dish. It's super simple to make and is always a hit!

Cucumber salad goes great with our juicy baked pork chops or juicy baked chicken thighs. If you love creamy veggie salads, check out our creamy pea salad with bacon!

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Why we love this creamy cucumber salad

This cucumber salad has been on the menu for more than 30 years. Seriously. When I was a pre-teen, my family would ask me to make this salad for dinner. It was simple enough for 8-year-old me to make yet it disappeared fast from the dinner table.

  • The combination of crunchy cucumber slices with a creamy dressing is classic.
  • We add a generous helping of black pepper, which makes the salad.
  • No sugar. Adding sweetener to cucumber salad (which is an ingredient in many recipes) will make it soggy and weirdly sweet.
  • Two options … a lighter tangier version with yogurt and a little mayo or a dairy-free choice. Both are delicious!

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How to make cucumber salad

This is one of the easiest salad recipes. Here's how you'll make it:

  1. Slice an English cucumber and put the rounds into a bowl.
  2. Add your choice of yogurt or mayo, some diced red onion, a little salt, and lots of pepper.
  3. Now all you have to do is mix the cucumbers so that they are all coated in the creamy dressing. Easy!

Full recipe in the recipe card below.

Tips for making the best creamy cucumber salad

While this is a simple salad, we've learned a few tricks over the years to make it the best.

  1. Use an English cucumber. These are the long, thin cucumbers that don't need to be peeled. They are crunchier than field cucumbers and don't need to have their seeds removed. Mini cucumbers also work well.
  2. Try peeling a few long strips of the cucumber skin. When you slice it, there will be a pretty pattern along the edge of each cucumber round.
  3. Adding a little vinegar and lots of black pepper cuts the richness of the dressing.

How long does this salad last?

While it tastes best the same day that it's made, you can store it in your fridge for 4-5 days. The cucumber slices will go a little soft, but it will still be tasty.

This salad stays fresh tasting for many hours so it's a good choice to pack on a picnic or to take to a friend's potluck.

What to serve with cucumber salad

Anything! Seriously, this is a salad recipe that goes well with everything from BBQ chicken to curry. Here are a few of our favorites:

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Cucumber Salad

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: North American

Description

This is the creamy cucumber salad recipe we've been making forever. It's the perfect balance of creamy and crunchy and it goes well with nearly every main dish. It's super simple to make and is always a hit!


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Ingredients

  • 1 English cucumber, sliced into rounds
  • 3 tablespoons plain thick yogurt (can sub mayo for dairy-free)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (can be light)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or 1 teaspoon white vinegar)
  • ¼ cup minced red onion
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Slice the cucumber and place the rounds into a medium-sized bowl. 
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and toss to coat. 

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