Make creamy cucumber salad for a refreshing, light, easy-to-prepare dish perfect for hot summer days. You’ll love the crunch and creaminess!

This recipe costs approximately $6.68 to make. The recipe makes ten servings for about $0.66 per serving. 

The finished Cucumber Radish Salad in a white serving bowl.

This Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe is perfect for summer

I have been making this recipe for several decades. It is my Grandma’s recipe that has been passed down to me. I have fine-tuned the recipe after making it hundreds of times so you can have perfect results every time you make it.

This salad is perfect for family gatherings, BBQs, and potlucks. Everyone loves it and will be asking you for the recipe each time you make it.

Why you’ll love this Recipe for Cucumber Salad

  • Refreshing and Light: Creamy cucumber salad is perfect for hot summer days when you crave something light and refreshing.
  • Nutritional Benefits: Cucumbers are low in calories and high in water content, making them a hydrating and nutritious choice. They also contain vitamins and minerals such as vitamins K, C, potassium, and magnesium.
  • Easy to Prepare: This salad is quick and easy to make, requiring minimal cooking or preparation time. It’s a great option for a simple side dish or a light meal, especially when you’re short on time or don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen.
  • Crowd Pleaser: Cucumber Sour Cream Salad is popular for potlucks, picnics, and barbecues. Its mild and refreshing flavors appeal to a wide range of palates, making it a crowd-pleasing dish that can complement different main courses.
A serving spoon scooping up some of the finished Cucumber Sour Cream Salad.

Creamy Dill Salad ingredients

Per Serving Cost: $0.66

Recipe Cost: $6.68

  • ¾ cup sour cream – $1.20
  • 3 Tablespoons white vinegar – $0.06
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar – $0.02
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill – $0.66
  • ½ teaspoon cracked pepper – $0.09
  • 4 medium cucumbers – $3.16
  • 1 small yellow onion – $0.50
  • 1 cup radishes – $0.99

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The recipe cost is calculated by the amounts needed for the recipe. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have. I updated the pricing for this recipe in December 2023.

All of the ingredients needed to make this recipe.

How to make Creamy Cucumber Salad

***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.

  1. First, whisk together the sour cream, vinegar, sugar, dill, and pepper in a small bowl. 
  2. Then, combine the cucumbers, onion, and radishes in a large bowl. 
  3. Pour the dressing over the top and toss the ingredients together. 
  4. Finally, season with pepper to taste and cover and place in the fridge until ready to serve. 

A picture collage showing how to make this recipe.

Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe variations and substitutions

  • Greek Yogurt Substitute: If you prefer a healthier alternative to sour cream, you can substitute it with an equal amount of Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt adds a creamy texture and tangy flavor while reducing the overall fat content of the salad.
  • Lemon Juice instead of Vinegar: If you don’t have white vinegar on hand or prefer a different flavor profile, you can replace it with fresh lemon juice. Lemon juice adds a bright and citrusy note to the salad dressing.
  • Herb Substitutions: While dill is a classic herb choice for cucumber salad, you can experiment with other fresh herbs for a different flavor profile. Consider using chives, mint, parsley, or cilantro.
  • Onion Variations: Instead of a small yellow onion, you can use red onion for a slightly stronger flavor or green onions (scallions) for a milder taste.
  • Vegetable Additions: Add cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, or thinly sliced carrots to introduce different textures and colors to the salad.
  • Sweetener Options: If you prefer a healthier sweetener or want to reduce the sugar content, substitute the granulated sugar with honey, maple syrup, or a natural sweetener like stevia.
  • Greek Twist: For a Greek twist on this recipe, use a combination of parsley and dill. Also, add kalamata olives, red onion, tomatoes, and feta.

Storing Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad

Serving Suggestions: Creamy cucumber salad can be served as a side dish alongside grilled meats and sandwiches. It’s also great as a refreshing salad for picnics, barbecues, or potlucks.

Storage: This salad is best served fresh, but if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The salad will stay fresh for up to 24 hours. However, keep in mind that the cucumbers will release water. You will need to pour off the excess water before gently stirring the salad to redistribute the dressing. 

Freeze: This recipe does not freeze and defrost well, so I do not recommend you freeze it. 

Customize Servings: Adjust the quantities of ingredients based on the number of servings you need. This recipe can be easily scaled up or down to accommodate different group sizes.

Easy Cucumber Salad FAQs

How do you make creamy cucumber salad?

Creamy Cucumber Salad is so easy to make! You whisk together the dressing and thinly slice the veggies with a mandoline. Finally, toss the vegetables with the dressing and serve!

How long can you keep cucumber salad?

Unfortunately, creamy cucumber salad is one dish that does not keep well. You can keep it for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. This is because moisture is released from the sliced cucumbers as the salad sits.

How do you keep cucumbers from getting soggy in a salad?

If you find the cucumbers are getting soggy, try salting the cucumber slices for an hour. Then, lightly rinse and pat dry the cucumber before adding them to the salad. This helps release some of the moisture from the cucumbers and helps them stay crisp.

The finished Creamy Cucumber Salad in a white serving salad.

More Side Dishes

A close up of the finished Radish Cucumber Salad that's garnished with dill.
5 from 12 votes

Recipe for Cucumber Salad

Recipe Cost $ $6.68
Serving Cost $ $0.66
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
10 people
Make creamy cucumber salad for a refreshing, light, easy-to-prepare dish perfect for hot summer days. You'll love the crunch and creaminess!


  • cutting board
  • knife
  • mixing bowls
  • whisk
  • mixing spoon




  • 4 medium cucumbers sliced thin (about 6 cups)
  • 1 small yellow onion halved and then sliced thin
  • 1 cup radishes trimmed and sliced thin



  • Whisk together the sour cream, vinegar, sugar, dill, and pepper in a small bowl.


  • Place the cucumbers, onion, and radishes in a large bowl.
  • Pour the dressing over the top and toss to coat evenly.
  • Season with pepper to taste and serve or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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  1. What a fantastic side dish! Summer is always over, but cucumbers always bring fresh flavors to the meal.

  2. I often forget about radishes in salads. This is a great way of incorporating them into my menu.

  3. Lori Brooks says:

    I make this all the time. After I cut the cucumbers and onions I toss them with a lot of salt and set them in a strainer for at least 1/2 an hour. This will draw a lot of the moisture out. I then lightly rinse to remove most of the salt and let them drain while I make the dressing.

  4. Perfect side dish for summertime! Love how simple it is to make and great salad add-on ideas too!

  5. We make something similar, but with yoghurt instead. Cucumber and dill go so well together.

  6. Brian Jones says:

    I love a good cucumber salad, this sounds delicious… I love the idea of adding bacon!

  7. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry says:

    What a tasty salad idea! Nice bit of crunch from the cucumber and radish and delicious flavour from the dill!

    1. I’m so glad you liked this recipe!

  8. Wow! I never thought of putting radishes in! Beautiful! A trick for making your cucumber salad last at least a day or two longer is to slice your cukes into a salad spinner, salting as you layer. Let sit a couple of hours and this gets soooo much liquid out of them! Spin off the extra liquid. Makes them extra crisp and you won’t need to add salt to your dressing!

    1. Great tip, thanks, Denise!

  9. I have been making this dish minus the radishes plus red onion for years. Peel the cucumbers and scrape out the seeds. Salt lightly and place on paper towel for about an hour. Little liquid will be left. I keep the salad for days. Also I use garden gourmet uses of herbs. Dill is one of them. Found in the produce section they freeze beautifully and there is no waste. Taste very much like fresh.

  10. This side dish was so refreshing and light! Great for the summer picnic we hosted yesterday – we served this alongside some burgers and it was gone in minutes!

  11. This salad is so yummy! I especially love the flavor combination of cucumbers and radishes!

  12. This cucumber salad recipe is absolutely delicious! The creamy sauce is perfect addition!

  13. This cucumber salad was so simple to throw together and I liked that I could use up my garden vegetables to make it. The dressing was the perfect topping too.