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Creamy Dill Cucumber Salad

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Creamy cucumber dill salad just like grandma makes it. This salad combines the crunch of fresh cucumbers with a dill and sour cream dressing. The combination makes for a refreshing side dish.

Serving bowl filled with creamy cucumber salad with a sour cream and dill dressing.

Dilly cucumber salad is perfect for potlucks, BBQs, and picnics. It is a great make ahead side dish that won’t heat up the kitchen.

Summertime and salads just go together. Of course it is the time of year when gardens are bursting with fresh produce.

And cucumbers tend to be one of those plants that can make a ton of vegetables all at once. They can take over if you aren’t careful, just like zucchini.

Ingredients including a couple of medium cucumbers, sour cream, vinegar, sugar, salt, dill, garlic, and pepper ready to be made into dilly cucumber salad.

Luckily there are lots of tasty ways to make them into something delicious. While pickles are a great option, I like making fresh cucumber salads.

They are usually no effort and almost no heat. That is certainly the case for this recipe.

Recipe Notes

We like using regular slicing cucumbers for this recipe. That is what we usually grow, so it is what is normally on hand.

You can use English cucumbers if you prefer. Mini cucumbers would also be great, they would make pretty little bite sized coins when sliced.

Feel free to peel the cucumbers if you like. We like leaving it on because it adds more green color and preserves some of the nutritional value.

Mixing bowl of sour cream and dill dressing in front of cutting board with cucumber pieces on it.

You can use sour cream or Greek yogurt for the dressing in this recipe. Both are tasty, so whichever you have in the refrigerator is fine.

Fresh dill is great if you have it, but dried also works well. The flavor will seep out into the dressing during the chill time.

The vinegar adds a little bit of bite which helps balance the dressing. White vinegar works well, so does apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegars, or any light colored vinegar.

Mixing bowl filled with cucumber slices tossed in sour cream and dill dressing, ready to be chilled.

A teaspoon of sugar adds a touch of sweetness, which again helps to balance everything out. You can omit it if you like or use your favorite substitute.

It is traditional to add some sliced red onions to this salad. You certainly can if you would like, but we prefer it without.

How do you store cucumber and dill salad?

This salad is best when chilled for a couple of hours to let the flavors meld. It is best within a day or two of being made, but it can be stored it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

More Spring and Summer Side Dishes:

Bacon cheddar ranch potato salad is another great make ahead side dish salad. It is kind of like a loaded baked potato in a picnic salad form.

Honey lime slaw is a fun and zippy salad. It features fresh cilantro and a bit of sriracha to give it a bold flavor.

Serving bowl with dilly cucumber salad, ready to eat.

Spring pea salad is another classic. It features peas and bacon in a simple creamy dressing.

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Serving bowl filled with creamy cucumber salad with a sour cream and dill dressing.

Creamy Dill Cucumber Salad

Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Carlee
Fresh cucumbers are dressed in up in simple creamy dill sauce for a favorite refreshing summer side dish.
4.77 from 30 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 4 cups sliced cucumbers
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon dill
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon white vinegar


  • In a large bowl, mix together everything but the cucumbers.
    ¾ cup sour cream, 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, ½ teaspoon dill, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, ¼ teaspoon white vinegar
  • Add the sliced cucumbers and stir to coat all of the cucumbers in the dressing.
    4 cups sliced cucumbers
  • Cover and refrigerate until chilled through, at least one hour. Stir again before serving.


This salad is best served cold. It is a refreshing addition to your summer dinner menu.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 68kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 140mgSugar: 2g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Monday 22nd of April 2024

I love this it is a go to for a side!


Monday 22nd of April 2024

I'm glad you like it!

Andrea Nine

Tuesday 11th of July 2017

What a great summer side! I'm going to make this for my mom. She is crazy about dill!


Thursday 13th of July 2017

I love dill and cucumbers together. I hope she loves it too!

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

Monday 10th of July 2017

I love dill and cucumbers together so I'm going to try this for sure! PS, I think your pics turned out just fine :). Have a great week!


Thursday 13th of July 2017

Thank you, Kelsie, you are too kind!

Laurie - Country Link

Sunday 9th of August 2015

Thank you for joining the August County Fair Blog Party! This recipe sounds fantastic! Laurie - Co-Host

The Better Baker

Friday 7th of August 2015

Oh what a great dish. It caught our attention at this week's Weekend Potluck dish and is being featured as one of our favs...thanks again for sharing. Can't wait to see what you bring to the table next time. Enjoy a great weekend!


Friday 7th of August 2015

Thank you so much! This is always a favorite when we make it and is a perfect way to use up all the dill and cucumbers that are going crazy in the garden right now!