In the realm of refreshing summertime dishes, few things rival the crisp, cool simplicity of a well-prepared cucumber salad. Imagine the crunch of freshly sliced cucumbers mingling with the smoothness of a creamy dressing, each bite offering a burst of flavor that dances on the palate. This humble yet versatile salad has earned its place as a staple on picnic blankets, dinner tables, and potluck spreads alike, thanks to its ability to complement nearly any dish or occasion.

But what elevates a cucumber salad from ordinary to extraordinary? It’s the perfect balance of flavors and textures, achieved through thoughtful ingredient selection and meticulous preparation. In this recipe, we’ll explore how to achieve that ideal harmony by combining the crispness of cucumbers with the richness of a creamy dressing, enhanced with just the right amount of seasoning and garnishes.

First and foremost, let’s talk about the star of the show: the cucumber. Long, slender, and refreshingly green, cucumbers are not only hydrating but also incredibly versatile. Whether you’re slicing them into a salad, pickling them for a tangy crunch, or blending them into a chilled soup, cucumbers add a burst of freshness to any dish they grace.

Now, onto the creamy element that brings this salad together: the dressing. Creaminess is achieved through a combination of dairy or non-dairy ingredients, such as Greek yogurt, sour cream, or mayonnaise. Each option brings its own unique flavor profile and texture, allowing you to tailor the dressing to your preferences and dietary needs. For a lighter alternative, Greek yogurt provides a tangy kick without sacrificing creaminess, while traditionalists may prefer the richness of sour cream or the indulgent silkiness of mayonnaise.

Of course, no salad is complete without a symphony of flavors to tantalize the taste buds. In this recipe, we’ll enhance the creamy base with a harmonious blend of seasonings and garnishes. Fresh herbs like dill or parsley add a pop of color and a burst of herbaceousness, while a hint of garlic provides depth and complexity. A splash of citrus juice, whether from lemon or lime, brightens the dressing and balances its richness, while a sprinkle of salt and pepper brings everything into perfect harmony.

As we embark on this culinary journey, remember that the beauty of a cucumber salad lies in its simplicity. With just a handful of ingredients and a few simple steps, you can create a dish that celebrates the vibrant flavors of summer in every bite. So grab your apron, sharpen your knife, and let’s dive into the art of crafting the perfect creamy cucumber salad.

One Point Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe

This four-ingredient Creamy Cucumber Salad recipe, made with Greek yogurt and fresh dill, is one of my family’s favorite summer side dishes.
PREP TIME:10minutes minsCOOK TIME:0minutes minsTOTAL TIME:10minutes minsYIELD: 4 servingsCOURSE: BBQ Side dish, Salad, Side DishCUISINE: AmericanEquipment
mandolin optional but quicker to slice and makes even slices
2 medium cucumbers (peeled (8 ounces each))1/2 cup Greek yogurt (full fat)3/4 teaspoon kosher salt1 tablespoon fresh dill
Slice the cucumbers 1/8-inch thick with a mandolin, season with salt and combine with yogurt and fresh dill in a large bowl.Refrigerate until ready to eat.Transfer to a serving bowl topped with more fresh dill, for garnish.
NotesMakes 3 cups.
Change it up! This is a basic recipe, feel free to change it to suit your taste. Here are some variations:
Cucumbers: Regular cucumbers are used here but you can also use English cucumbers or Persian cucumbers, and bonus you don’t have to peel them.Cream: Swap the yogurt for sour cream or use a combination of sour cream and mayo. You can also use reduced fat yogurt, but I personally think it’s best with full fat.Slicing Cucumbers: If you don’t have a mandolin, slice them as thinly as possible with a sharp knife.Add red onion.Herbs: Swap dill with parsley, tarragon, or chives for a different flavor profile.Spices: You can add garlic powder and black pepper to taste.Acid: You can add some white vinegar or fresh lemon juice, for variation.If you make it, comment below and let us know!
NutritionServing: 3/4 cup, Calories: 60kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 1.5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 229.5mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g– W–W Points: 1