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Creamy Cucumber Salad

This creamy cucumber salad is a classic recipe that is refreshing and light. It is incredibly easy to make. Simple ingredients come together for a side dish that everyone is sure to love.

I had never had creamy cucumbers until my mother-in-law made them. She used milk and when that was paired with the cucumbers, it made for a watery salad. However, they did add a delicious flavor. Therefore, I tried my creamy salad dressing recipe and loved the results.

If you were lucky enough to grow up on this delicious salad side dish or are just trying it for the first time, you are in for a treat. It just takes three ingredients and 10 minutes to get this delicious salad on the table.

Creamy Cucumber Salad
Creamy Cucumber Salad

Easy Summer Salad Recipe

While this salad recipe can be made year-round now with the fresh product selections in the grocery stores, we make this much more often during the summer months when the produce is abundant at the farmer’s markets and gardens.

Enjoying the Cucumber Side Dish
Enjoying the Cucumber Side Dish

Creamy Cucumber Salad with Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise

Sometimes there is a strong debate on which one to use. I have successfully used both the Miracle Whip and Mayonnaise in this recipe interchangeably. Use the one that makes you happy. Life is too short to stress over which one to use.

Can you Make cucumber Salad with Yogurt?

Yes, you can use a Greek yogurt in place of the salad dressing. Another option it to use part of the salad dressing and Greek yogurt together.

English Cucumbers
English Cucumbers

Which Cucumbers are Best for Salads?

I prefer using the English cucumber, which is mild, sweet, and virtually seedless. Normally, these cucumbers come wrapped in plastic at the grocery. The skin on these cucumbers is thinner and more fragile than the pole cucumber, which is generally what is found in gardens.

Along with the texture and mild flavor, his cucumber seems to have less water, which makes this a lovely choice for salads.

Do you Have to Peel Cucumbers for a Salad?

In general, if using English or Persian cucumbers, they do not have to be peeled as their outer skin in thinner. However, if you are using a pole cucumber that has a thicker skin that is also a bit bitter, then I would peel those.

If the cucumber is picked young and the skin is on the thin side, then you may also choose not to peel it. I would give the cucumber a taste first to see if the skin has a bitter taste before deciding whether to peel it.

Three Ingredient Creamy Cucumbers
Three Ingredient Creamy Cucumbers

How to Make the Creamy Cucumber Salad

It takes just three ingredients to whip up this quick salad.

Cucumbers. If I use the English cucumbers, there is no need to scoop out seeds or salt the cucumber slices ahead of time to let the excess water drain out. Sometimes, I peel the cucumbers all the way before slicing. Other times, I partially peel them. It really depends on the look of the salad for the day.

Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise. I use Miracle Whip Salad dressing. However, as I mentioned, you can swap the salad dressings interchangeably in this recipe or use Greek Yogurt.

Granulated Sugar. It just brings the whole salad together.

Creamy Cucumber Salad with Miracle Whip
Creamy Cucumber Salad with Miracle Whip

Make Ahead Garden-Fresh Side Dish Recipe

Make this side dish ahead of time. In fact, it is best if you can wait an hour or two before serving as the flavors will combine a bit better. Make sure to refrigerate.

Can This Salad be Stored?

Yes, it can be stored in an airtight container up to five days in the refrigerator. However, due to the water in the cucumbers, the salad dressing will have a thinner consistency. They still taste great though.

Creamed Cucumbers and Cherry Tomatoes
Creamed Cucumbers and Cherry Tomatoes

Recipe Variations

Here are a few ideas on recipe additions

  • Green onions
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Fresh dill
  • Fresh parsley
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
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Creamy Cucumber Salad

This creamy cucumber salad is a classic recipe that is refreshing and light. It is incredibly easy to make. Simple ingredients come together for a side dish that everyone is sure to love.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cucumber salad, garden produce recipe, holiday side dish, summer recipe
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 78kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 Cucumber English cucumber peeled and sliced thinly
  • 2 Tablespoons Miracle Whip Make the tablespoons heaping
  • 2 Tablespoons Granulated sugar Make the tablespoons heaping

Instructions

  • The English cucumbers come in the shrink wrap plastic. Remove the plastic and peel the green skin or part of the skin.
  • Slice the cucumbers. If some of the slices seem kind of big, you can cut them in half as well to make it easier to eat.
  • Add the Miracle Whip and Sugar. Mix the ingredients together.
    Three Ingredient Creamy Cucumbers
  • If you can refrigerator for 1-2 hours for the flavors to combine. If not, that is okay too.
    Creamed Cucumbers and Cherry Tomatoes

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Notes

Creamy Cucumber Salad with Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise

Sometimes there is a strong debate on which one to use. I have successfully used both the Miracle Whip and Mayonnaise in this recipe interchangeably. Use the one that makes you happy. Life is too short to stress over which one to use.

Can you Make cucumber Salad with Yogurt?

Yes, you can use a Greek yogurt in place of the salad dressing. Another option it to use part of the salad dressing and Greek yogurt together.

Which Cucumbers are Best for Salads?

I prefer using the English cucumber, which is mild, sweet, and virtually seedless. Normally, these cucumbers come wrapped in plastic at the grocery. The skin on these cucumbers is thinner and more fragile than the pole cucumber, which is generally what is found in gardens.
Along with the texture and mild flavor, his cucumber seems to have less water, which makes this a lovely choice for salads.

Make Ahead Garden-Fresh Recipe

Make this side dish ahead of time. In fact, it is best if you can wait an hour or two before serving as the flavors will combine a bit better. Make sure to refrigerate.

Can This Salad be Stored?

Yes, it can be stored in an airtight container up to five days in the refrigerator. However, due to the water in the cucumbers, the salad dressing will have a thinner consistency. They still taste great though.

Recipe Variations

Here are a few ideas on recipe additions
  • Green onions
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Fresh dill
  • Fresh parsley
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli

Nutrition

Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

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