Dad's Creamy Cucumber Salad


This was my dad's recipe for creamy cucumber salad. It's one of our family's all-time summer favorites.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins

Crisp and creamy cucumber salad makes the perfect summer side. This old-fashioned recipe combines thinly sliced sweet onions, cucumbers, dill, garlic, and mayo for an unbelievably delicious make-ahead dish. Try your hand at MHudson's family recipe for the tastiest cucumber salad ever.

overhead view of creamy cucumber salad served in a bowl
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How to Make Creamy Cucumber Salad

Making a refreshing cucumber salad couldn't be simpler. You'll find the full recipe below with step-by-step instructions, but here's what you can expect when you make this top-rated recipe:

Begin by combining salt, cucumbers, and onions in a bowl and allowing the mixture to sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes. Next, drain the mixture in a colander placed over a bowl or sink before incorporating mayonnaise, vinegar, and seasonings.

Cover and refrigerate for one to two hours before serving. The result is a tantalizingly creamy side dish that will keep you coming back for more.

What to Serve With Creamy Cucumber Salad

Looking for something to serve alongside this creamy cucumber and onion salad? This tangy, sweet, and totally satisfying recipe pairs well with a range of dishes. Try a hearty beef dish like Beef Sukiyaki to balance the flavor scales or keep things light with a roasted lemon-herb chicken.

How Long Does Creamy Cucumber Salad Last in the Fridge?

While creamy cucumber salad is best enjoyed the day it's made, it can be stored in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Very good combination of sweet and tangy," says home cook Karen. "Delicious!"

"We just started growing cucumbers so I've been seeking out recipes and this one is a hit!" raves reviewer BETHF71. "We love the way the veggies taste, and the leftover dill sauce is delicious to put on sandwiches, dip your bread in or eat with chips."

Editorial contributions by Rai Mincey


  • 2 large cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon sea salt


  • 1 ½ cups mayonnaise, or more to taste

  • 2 tablespoons vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Mix cucumbers, onion, and salt together in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 15 to 30 minutes.

  2. Turn cucumber mixture into a colander set over a bowl or in a sink. Let drain, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid and salt has drained, 15 to 30 minutes. Transfer drained cucumber mixture to a large bowl.

    Sliced cucumbers draining over a colander.

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  3. Whisk mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, dill, garlic powder, and pepper for dressing together in a bowl until smooth. Pour over cucumber mixture and stir until coated.

    Mayo, vinegar, sugar, dill, garlic powder and pepper mixed together to make the dressing.

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  4. Pour over cucumber mixture and stir until coated.

    an overhead view of cucumbers and onions covered in a creamy dressing.

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  5. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours before serving.

    Creamy cucumber salad ready to be refrigerated.

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If the sauce is too runny for your liking, add a bit more mayonnaise.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

320 Calories
33g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 320
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 897mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 8mg 46%
Potassium 153mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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