A combination of cucumbers with sour cream, dill, garlic, scallions and a touch of salt makes a refreshing sidekick to any of your favorite meat dishes.
When the temperature is unbearable outside, the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven. Make dinner or Sunday lunch cooler by taking the cooking outside. Fire up your barbecue and pair this quick and healthy salad with my recipe for grilled Johnsonville Beer Bratwursts, Amazing BBQ Ribs or the Perfect 5-Minute Grilled Chicken.
For the Creamy Cucumber Salad recipe, you will use English cucumbers (sometimes referred to as seedless or Hothouse) as the star of the show. This type of cucumber is known for its thin, easy-to-eat skin, sweeter taste and edible seeds.
How Do I Keep Cucumbers from Becoming Soggy?
Cucumbers have extremely high water content. This means that they are prone to becoming soggy as soon as you season them with water. To prevent this, only add dressing and season cucumbers right before serving.
How Long Will Creamy Cucumber Salad Last?
Some things are best eaten super fresh. This salad is one of them. Fully prepared, the Creamy Cucumber Salad should retain its crunchiness for a few hours.
Looking Healthier Dressing Alternative?
Try swapping the sour cream with low or non-fat Greek yogurt for a just-as-creamy, but lower calorie salad. Bonus: Switching to greek yogurt also adds extra protein to make the salad a great and filling weekday lunch!
A Quick Lesson in Different Cucumbers
Even though I recommended English cucumbers for this recipe, don’t fret if you have another type on hand! As a busy mom, I know that an extra trip to the store can be a hassle. It’s best to be flexible and use what you have. Besides, nothing is more depressing than watching a perfectly good vegetable go to waste!
Here are some of the most common varieties of cucumber and how to alter the Creamy Cucumber Salad recipe for each kind:
This cucumber is the most common. Typically you will see this type of cucumber on a deli sandwich. The outside skin will be covered in a wax to prevent damage. If you decide to use it for the salad, make sure you wash the outside thoroughly to remove the wax. You can also opt to peel off the skin entirely or partially. Slice this cucumber down the middle. Take a spoon and scoop out the seeds and slice into half-moon shaped pieces.
Besides being absolutely adorable, Persian cucumbers have similar qualities to English cucumbers. They are about 6-inches long at their biggest and have a thin, edible skin and minimal seeds. Chop and prepare them just like their English cousins.
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- Gather your ingredients. Note: Make sure your cucumbers are fresh out of the refrigerator. This salad is best when served cold and refreshing!
- At this point, you can peel the cucumber skin or leave it on. It's up to you! Then, using a sharp knife, slice the cucumber into equal-sized half circles.
- Dice the scallions and dill and place the herb into the bowl. Press or finely mince the garlic and add it into the bowl. Season with salt. Add the sour cream.
- Stir to combine and serve right away!