This Creamy Crunchy Cucumber Salad Recipe is light and delicious, and perfect for summer parties. This recipe makes the most of fresh ingredients and can be made ahead of time so it’s ready to go when you are.
A Delicious Summer Side Dish
Hi guys! It’s Chris here, founder of Celebrations At Home blog, where you’ll find inspiration for stylish entertaining, party ideas, and recipes & diy’s to pull it all together. Today I’m sharing a delicious summer side dish that will put that fresh produce to good use. This creamy crunchy cucumber salad recipe is cool and refreshing and perfect for those warm nights. It’s a terrific dish to take to a potluck party or BBQ cookouts.
This creamy salad also lends itself well as a cooling side dish to spicy foods like Indian cuisine. It’s reminiscent of tzatziki sauce (or Benedictine for my Southern friends) so it pairs well with Greek food too. With all these options there’s no excuse not to make this salad!
Pro Tip: To keep the creamy cucumber salad chilled during a party, fill a large bowl with ice and nestle the serving bowl on top of it.
Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe
I love the flavor of fresh vegetables in the summertime. If you’ve planted a garden and have cucumbers and/or radishes to pick, by all means make this salad. If you’ve planted dill then you get bonus points!
Prepare the Cucumbers
The first thing you’ll need to do is prepare your cucumbers. If you don’t drain the moisture from them with this first step, your salad will get very “liquid-y” after about a day. If you’re going to be eating the creamy cucumber salad right away it’s not that big of a deal; but if you’re hoping to have leftovers or taking it to a potluck party you’ll want to do this step.
All you have to do is slice your cucumbers as directed and sprinkle with salt. Toss them together in a bowl and set aside for about 30 minutes. When ready, you’ll drain the liquid and press the cucumbers dry with a paper towel and you’re ready to go.
Fresh Vegetable Salad Recipe
While the cucumbers are set aside you can slice your radishes and prepare the creamy dressing.
Once you’ve prepared your dressing and drained the cucumbers, you can mix everything together, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour so the flavors can fully combine. The marriage of cucumbers, cream sauce, and dill are classic and delicious. The addition of the radishes gives extra crunch which I particularly love.
Perfect BBQ Side Dish Recipe
If you want to add variety to your barbecue party, add this fresh and creamy cucumber salad recipe to the table. It’s a nice addition to other classic sides like pasta and potato salad. It goes with burgers, chicken, steak, or plank grilled salmon.
Creamy Cucumber Crunch Salad Recipe
- 2 large cucumbers
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 5 radishes
- 4 ounces plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup light sour cream
- 1/4 cup fresh dill
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Slice cucumber into thin slices and place in a bowl with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Set aside for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine yogurt, sour cream, dill, lime juice, pepper, garlic powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt together in medium sized bowl.
Slice radishes very thin and add to yogurt mixture.
Drain cucumbers and press dry with a paper towel; add to radishes and yogurt mixture, and toss until evenly combined.
Cover and chill for at least an hour.
Makes 4-6 servings.
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Celebrations At Home, nearly 10 years ago. Her recipes and party designs are authentic and
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