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.

Plate with Creamy Cucumber Salad

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.

Natalya with the plate of Creamy Cucumber Salad

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: 

American Slicing

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. 

Persian Cucumbers

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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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.