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Easy Cucumber Salad

Easy cucumber salad

Summer time potluck meals in Appalachia always have a least one bowl of Creamy Cucumber Salad on the table.

The salad couldn’t be easier to make. You need:

  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 2 1/2 cups peeled sliced cucumbers
  • 1 cup sliced onion

Creamy cucumber salad


Mix sour cream, lemon juice, pepper, salt, and dill weed together in a small bowl.

Cucumber salad


Place cucumbers and onions in a serving bowl. You can complete the recipe up to this point-if you’re trying to get ahead. Separating the dressing from the cukes and onions until closer to serving time keeps the salad from being too watery.

Cucumber salad with onions


I like to mix my cucumber salad at least 2 hours before serving-so that the ingredients can marry (as The Deer Hunter says).

Creamy Cucumber Salad-easy, tasty, and refreshing on a hot summer day.


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  • Reply
    Ken Roper
    August 18, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I like the way you illustrate as
    you explain how to make things. The
    cucumber salad looks delicious. I
    love to smell peeled cucumbers,
    especially baby ones. Nice post…Ken

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    b. Ruth
    August 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Here it is 1:25 PM…Time for lunch…A big ole mater samwich, husband wanted some fried spam on his. Mayo, onion Mustard, S and P…On the side I made your recipe for Easy Cucumber Salad…so good. I had to tweak it in about half because I didn’t have many cucumbers…but worked out just the same using about 1/2 Cup of sour cream…
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…I did put a small dollop of it on the extra sliced tomatoes too…Ed…I bet it would be good with some good ole crunchy spicy radishes…PS..I think Tipper planted some in her Fall garden…

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    August 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Looks and sounds good. I would not peel the cukes though nor use the onions.

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    August 18, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Another simple salad: Slice cucumbers & a sweet onion. May also add tomato chunks. Salt lightly & let set to make some juice. Add some olive oil & lemon juice.

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    Pamela Danner
    August 18, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you for post this! I have loved this salad for years but have not made it for a very long time. Now I will!

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    Mrs. K.
    August 18, 2014 at 11:19 am

    My mom made this when I was a kid and all through my teenage years. She always had it on the table when we had a cookout which was every weekend during the summers. Exact same recipe except the dill. Think I’ll make some… with the dill!

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    Ed Ammons
    August 18, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Some fresh radishes would go along great with all that, but you can’t find them any good this time of the year, at least not where I live.

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    August 18, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Perfect timing Tipper! Just got some fresh cucumbers from the farmers market and we will try this today. Sure it’s another keeper for our ever-growing BP recipe folder. Also, thanks to Miss Cindy for sharing her Dad’s recipe. Got lots of tomatoes we can us for it!

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    Ed Ammons
    August 18, 2014 at 10:47 am

    And, scoop the seeds out of some tommy toes and put a dollop of dressing inside!

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    Ed Ammons
    August 18, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Or, what if you chopped the onion and mixed it in the dressing, then split the cucumber lengthwise and scooped out the seeds and replaced them with the onion dressing mixture. Then you could eat it from the end like a hot dog.
    I think you have awakened my culinary demon this morning.

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    Ed Ammons
    August 18, 2014 at 10:34 am

    What if you sliced the onions and cucumbers long ways and called it a dip. Let it marry in your mouth! Sometimes cucumbers like to shed their dressing but you can dry them on a paper towel if they get to weeping too much. Besides your onions are scoop shaped now. If you put in a cuke and it comes out bare, just pick out a bigger piece of onion to follow it with.

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    August 18, 2014 at 10:11 am

    This and the version Miss Cindy describes are popular with our family – often served by our family’s Kansas and the Texas branches. Maybe because cucumbers were so easy to grow.

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    b. Ruth
    August 18, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Correct me…I had rather use sour cream then mayo…in the sentence…thanks

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    b. Ruth
    August 18, 2014 at 9:36 am

    This recipe sounds so good. Our cucumbers are about gone. What we get now are bitter if we don’t pick them very small. I think it is the heat and because the vines are beginning to die.
    I love cucumber sandwiches. I slice mine lengthwise. Add a big old slice of tomato, salt and pepper and a bit of mayo.
    I like the crunch with the tomato. I wonder if one could use the sour cream mixture, add chopped tomatoes, chopped peppers, grated cabbage, some grated carrot and use the mixture for a garden salad…instead of mayo…I love sour cream, rather use mayo.
    I know I am trying your Cucumber salad!
    Note PS…
    Don’t forget that Roast Pepper Soup recipe…We have a ton of Giant Marconi Peppers and some will be turning orange and red soon. We gave away 8 yesterday and still have many hanging on the plants, plus a few in the fridge.
    They have a “smoky” flavor, which is enhanced when grilled so they would be great for the soup I suppose.
    I wish you lived close I would haul you over a bunch.
    Have you or Deer Hunter ever eaten the Giant Marconi pepper?
    It is an Italian pepper.
    We love them. They grow about 8 to 10 inches long. They are darker green and sometimes curl a bit. Thin membrane, great eaten
    raw or chopped, slivered for the freezer or sliced with onion, mushrooms for a sandwich or over grilled steak or burgers.
    We stuff them too or just lay them on the grill until they are scorched a bit or cooked. Great with grilled chicken and grilled salmon.
    The plants are still pricy, but this year they came down a bit, but we always invest in 4 to 6 for our garden!
    Our Yum Yum peppers didn’t do so well. They are small red and yellow mild peppers with their own distinctive flavor. Jalapenos didn’t make many either. Checked out my Miniature Gherkins late yesterday afternoon in the permaculture bed. The vines are loaded just waiting on this hot weather they love, coming up this week….We love peppers and cucumbers…Can you tell?
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Patti Tappel
    August 18, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I will have to try that. I’ve never had cukes in sour cream. I finally obtained our church cucumber and onion salad recipe.
    Slice cucumbers and onions. Sprinkle with course salt, add ice cubes and on top and let sit 2-3 hours. Drain and mix well, half white vinegar and sugar, equal parts. Pour over salad, let set at least a few hours before dinner. Gets better and time goes on. It keeps well in the refrigerator if it’s not eaten first!!

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    Cynthia Schoonover
    August 18, 2014 at 9:04 am

    My husband makes this salad quite frequently in the summer. However, he doesn’t use lemon juice, and sometimes he uses dill and sometimes he doesn’t. It’s one of our favorites. We could eat it every day.

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    August 18, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Looks Yummy! Something to definitely try, especially during fresh vegetable season. It also looks simple to put together.

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    August 18, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I can’t wait to try this, but I’ll have to wait…no cucumbers yet. It’s going to be a race before Autumn for a lot of my vegetables this year, even though I started many as seeds in pots, weeks before planting time! But I DID pick my first Thelma Sanders squash last week – huzzah! – and there are a few other little [email protected] squashes coming on at last 🙂

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    Miss Cindy
    August 18, 2014 at 7:23 am

    That looks wonderful, Tipper, and with that list of ingredients it’s got to be good.
    My dad used to make a simple little cucumber salad that was wonderful with fresh green beans and potatoes. By simple I mean fresh cucumber , onion, and tomato with salt, pepper, vinegar and water…with a touch of sugar.
    The fresh garden vegetables are a wonderful thing to have.

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