Backyard BBQ

Creamy Cucumber Salad

October  4, 2022
3 Ratings
Photo by Amanda Widis
  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Serves 6 to 8 as a side
Author Notes

A creamy but still bright cucumber salad to serve alongside grilled chicken, crispy-skinned fish, black bean burgers, you name it.

For this salad, keeping or ditching the cucumber skin is a personal choice. Besides adding a pop of fresh color, the skin contains vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and why throw away all those good vibes when you don't have to? Also worth noting that the cucumber variety called for—English or Persian—boasts super tender skin. If you’re using another variety with thicker skin, you can use a peeler to remove all of it, or in stripes for a pretty visual.

This dish is best served soon after preparing it. If you want to prep the components in advance, just keep the cucumbers and dressing separate in the fridge, and combine right before serving.

When it comes to cutting the cucumbers, a very sharp knife, mandonline, or, even speedier, the slicing disc of your food processor, will be your friend. Leave the herbs in larger pieces, refraining from them chopping too finely—this is a sure-fire way to keep the herby flavor in your salad and not leave it on your board. —Anna Billingskog

What You'll Need
  • Creamy cucumber salad
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (full-fat highly recommended)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 medium lemon, zest and juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds English cucumbers (about 2 medium- sized ones, or the equivalent weight in Persian or another seedless variety)
  • 1/2 cup mixed tender herbs (such as parsley, mint, chives, tarragon and/or dill)
  • 2 very thinly sliced radishes to toss in at the end with herbs
  • Optional, but really nice, additions
  • 1 minced shallot mixed with a squeeze of lemon juice and pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, and lemon juice and zest. Taste for seasoning, and add salt and pepper as needed.
  2. Using either a food processor with a slicing disc (2mm), a mandoline (careful of your fingers, please!), or a sharp knife and cutting board, slice the cucumbers into ⅛-inch thin coins. (We prefer to leave the skin on, but if you want to peel before slicing, feel free.)
  3. Add the cucumbers to the bowl with the creamy dressing and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stick the salad in the fridge while you prepare your herbs and optional garnishes.
  4. To prep the tender herbs, pick the leaves off the stem and run your knife through them a few times, leaving much of the leaves intact.
  5. Before serving, add the herbs and radishes to the cucumber salad, and give a good toss. If you’re using any of the optional garnishes (minced shallot or crumbled feta cheese), add them at this step too.

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2 Reviews

Aurora C. January 28, 2022
Our favorite when we received many cucumbers in the veggie basket. I use much less sugar and make it dairyfree with vegan yogur.
alisonia July 23, 2020
Made as directed, this recipe resulted in an overly sweet dressing with such a high lemon content as to suggest creamy lemonade. I went to great lengths to turn it into a savory dressing, but was only somewhat successful. I think a pinch of sugar, and either 2 t of vinegar or fresh lemon juice (but not both) would make a more palatable dressing.