Creamy Cucumber Salad

One of my favorite things about summer is a fresh cucumber salad. Bonus if the cucumbers come from a garden or farmer’s market! I love to slather a pita with homemade hummus and then stuff it with cucumber salad – it makes the best lunch! I go back and forth between a cucumber and onion salad with a sweet vinegar dressing, and this creamy version with plain yogurt, radishes and dill. I love the pop of the red radishes and the bright flavor from lemon juice and fresh dill.

Mmmm, fresh ingredients. Love those little radishes!

Do you have a favorite version of cucumber salad?

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Creamy Cucumber Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes (active), 45 minutes (inactive)

Total Time: 10 minutes


2 medium cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
2 teaspoons salt
2/3 cup plain non-fat yogurt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
6 radishes, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon chopped dill


1. Toss together the sliced cucumbers and salt in a colander. Let stand to drain for 45 minutes. Press the excess water out of the cucumbers and pat dry. Place in a bowl.

2. Add the yogurt and lemon juice and toss well. Stir in the sliced radishes and chopped dill. Serve chilled.

(Recipe adapted from Joy of Cooking)


37 Responses to “Creamy Cucumber Salad”

  1. Diana on June 3, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Looks Delicious Michelle! In the Persian culture, we have a cucumber salad with a different take. Chopped cucumber, plain yogurt, dried mint, golden raisins, chopped walnuts, salt,and pepper. Can’t wait to try yours! Delicious! 🙂


  2. Sandi on June 3, 2011 at 4:52 am

    In Turkey, we make a version of this salad; it is called ‘cacık’ (pronounced jajick). Finely chop one cucumber per person, add about 1/2 – 3/4 cup good quality (not sour) plain yogurt, a good pinch of dried mint, crushed garlic to taste and some salt. Some people prefer this dish to be ‘looser’ like a soup, so they add water; others like it quite thick and use thickened yogurt (yogurt cheese…strained, drained yogurt) and no water. This dish is eaten as a side dish or salad and is especially popular in the summer for its cooling properties.


  3. Ruth on June 3, 2011 at 4:55 am

    This looks great. Dill and cucumber are a perfect combo, and making it creamy rather than using loads of vinegar sounds perfect too!


  4. Lori on June 3, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I make a cucumber salad as follows. I lay each individual slice on the cutting board and grate fresh pepper over them. Toss them into a bowl and add a little italian dressing and dollop of sour cream. Combine until blended. It’s a nice refreshing side for bbq.


  5. Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen on June 3, 2011 at 8:20 am

    This looks just so perfect and summery!


  6. Katrina on June 3, 2011 at 10:18 am

    This looks lovely! Great photos too 🙂


  7. Sandra on June 3, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Creamy and crunchy. I can think of so many things that this salad would pair well with. Of course all on it’s own it’s pretty great too!


  8. Brooks at Cakewalker on June 3, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Great post, Michelle! I have a Swedish cucumber salad recipe (vinegar base), but the creamy one you’ve presented here looks so inviting and the radishes are an ideal complement. LOVE the pita sandwich option. Light and refreshing…doesn’t get much better!


  9. Cookin' Canuck on June 3, 2011 at 11:05 am

    This is such a simple, but wonderful idea. We eat cucumbers on a daily basis and I am definitely going to make this and add it to a pita today.


  10. Jen of My Tiny Oven on June 3, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I usually just eat mine with a little salt sprinkled on them, but this looks GREAT! Our first local farmer’s market is this saturday, can’t wait to buy some cucumbers so I can try this!!


  11. jenna on June 3, 2011 at 11:23 am

    yum! this looks wonderful.


  12. doughmesstic on June 3, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Love the simple recipe, it sounds fantastic, and will be making an appearance here SOON!


  13. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen on June 3, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I love cucumbers! This salad looks like a great way to showcase my favorite vegetable!


  14. Elizabeth @cucinagirl on June 3, 2011 at 11:47 am

    This looks so refreshing and wonderful! If the farmer’s market has cucumber and radishes tomorrow, I’ll definitely give it a try!


  15. stitchfork on June 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Funny I found your and your blog via Chef Robin White in California and we are both here in Pittsburgh!


  16. Tiffany on June 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    This looks great! I love the combo of radish and cucumber!


  17. Jenny Flake on June 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    This looks just perfect for summer! Love it!


  18. Tracy on June 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    You totally just brought back memories of my mom’s cucumber salad…she used to make it all the time in the summer and I had totally forgotten about it! I’ll have to get the recipe from her and make it!


  19. Christine on June 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Great recipe! Perfect for summer. Yum!


  20. Kimberly on June 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    My favorite cucumber salad is simple…salt thinly sliced cucumbers, drain and pat just like your recipe does. Then combine with thinly sliced red onion, a tbsp or so of rice wine vinegar, salt, pepper and voila! Delicious, simple, tangy and refreshing.


  21. Maria on June 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I love cucumber salads! So light and refreshing!


  22. Mel on June 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    This looks SO good! I’m going to share it with my dad, he has fresh dill and cucumbers in his garden


  23. Paula on June 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Love the idea of throwing this in a pita!


  24. Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen on June 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    This looks great! I’ll have to give it a try 🙂


  25. Maria on June 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Lovely salad. I’ve made a very similar salad a couple of times already. I guess I have the same edition of Joy of Cooking. I also add green onions to the salad.


  26. Lori Lange on June 3, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    This is SUCH a great recipe for summer- so nice and light and refreshing!


  27. teri@thefreshmancook on June 4, 2011 at 1:28 am

    This looks fantastic! I love cucumbers with anything!! I can’t wait to make this!
    Thanks for a great post!


  28. Pam on June 5, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I’ve never had a creamy cucumber salad like your (gorgeous) photo displays. It almost sounds like tsatsiki sauce, which is a favorite of mine. Your mention of just pita with hummus and cukes got my mouth watering already. But the cukes with dill sound very intriguing. Thanks.


  29. Erin on June 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Looks refreshing for a summer day! I love cucumbers plain, but this sounds wonderful!


  30. Jannett on June 12, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I really like cucumber salad … I have made this one
    which is very similar to yours… it is such a light and fresh salad.. anyway you slice it.. ;o)


  31. Maria on August 12, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I love tossing cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro, and lime juice together. It’s really refreshing on a hot day. Yours was delicious, by the way.


  32. Los Rose on August 6, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I use seedless cucumbers. The following recipe is quick and easy:
    2 medium or one very long cucumber peeled and sliced thin.
    I small onion sliced thin
    Kraft Green Goddess dressing

    Add as much dressing as desird to cucumbers and onions Toss and refrigerate,


  33. COLLEEN on April 21, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Love to try some of these recipes but there is no way of printing them. I need to print.


    • Michelle on April 22nd, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Hi Colleen, There is a print button on every single recipe. If you look right above the thumbnail image in the recipe area, there are three buttons – print, save, email. Simply click “print” and a printer-friendly version of the recipe will be displayed.


  34. Trudy on June 7, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Maybe someone can show some insight on my question, I love cukes, grew up with them dressed with vinegar, etc. My husband says he remembers his mom made cukes with a sweet white dressing (she is no longer with us). I have tried everything I know to try and copy her recipe and he forever tells me nope not right. Any suggestions, anyone? I’m not a sweet eater but I would make it for him if I could figure it out!


  35. Phyllis (N.E. GA) on June 19, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    I love to take cucumbers, green peppers and purple onions…salt, pepper, garlic to taste. I cut cukes the day before so I can drain extra water off them. Mix together with plain Greek yogurt…OR you can add zesty Italian dressing. Allow either version to chill at least an hour. Good thing about version with dressing you can keep adding the vegetables as needed – no more than week without starting fresh.


  36. Debbie on June 26, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    My mom always made her cucumber salad with vinegar. It’s the one I love too. Mom and her brother have an aversion to white foods i.e mayo, sour cream, yogurt,even ranch dressing and much of that has trickled down to the children. I have evolved though over the years but still won’t have a creamy cuke salad unless it’s ranch dressing 🙂 Although I may have to try with yogurt. My new favorite are the Thai cucumber salads.


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