Easy Creamy Cucumber Salad

I love this creamy cucumber salad made with fresh dill, our simple yogurt dressing, and onions! This tzatziki-inspired summer salad is super simple to make and tastes incredible.

Creamy Cucumber Salad with Greek Yogurt (Tzatziki cucumber salad)

This creamy cucumber salad recipe, inspired by our tzatziki sauce, has been on repeat lately. It’s super simple to make, goes with almost anything, and, thanks to the Greek yogurt, is healthy!

See this easy cucumber salad recipe for a vinegar-based salad, or try our chopped cucumber tomato salad!

Tzatziki Cucumber Salad

Key Ingredients

  • Cucumber: I prefer thin-skinned cucumbers like Hot House or Persian varieties for this salad. Garden cucumbers are okay, too, but I peel and remove most of their seeds beforehand since they often have thicker skins.
  • Yogurt: I use full-fat plain Greek yogurt for my homemade cucumber salad dressing. Icelandic-style yogurt is a good substitute as long as it’s a thicker variety. If you’d like, you can use sour cream instead, which will give you a more German-style cucumber salad.
  • Vinegar and Lemon: I enjoy adding both red wine vinegar and fresh lemon juice to my dressing. They really enhance the overall flavor of the salad.
  • Garlic: Since fresh garlic is a key ingredient in tzatziki sauce, I add a small clove to this salad for that extra kick.
  • Dill: Dill is a must-have in my cucumber salad! I prefer fresh dill, but dried dill works just as well (I’ve included substitution tips in the recipe).
  • Onion: I love the pop of color that red onion adds to this salad, but feel free to use any onion you have on hand.

How to Make Creamy Cucumber Salad

When making cucumber salads, I always salt my cucumbers. Think of it as a quick marinade for the cucumbers. Salting makes cucumbers taste better! We do the same thing with tomatoes (see our bruschetta recipe or this cherry tomato salad).

To do it, toss your cucumber slices with salt in a colander. After 30 minutes, rinse the cucumbers and shake them mostly dry. While you wait for the cucumbers, make the dressing, which also benefits from some extra time.

For the tzatziki yogurt dressing, combine Greek yogurt with garlic, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, dill, and lots of black pepper. Season with a pinch of salt, then set it aside while the cucumbers sit. Since the dressing contains garlic, the extra 30 minutes give the garlic a chance to flavor the dressing.

Tzatziki Yogurt Dressing for Creamy Cucumber Salad

Since we love cucumber and onion salads, we throw in sliced red onion. Like garlic, onion adds flavor, so we add the sliced onions straight to the dressing. This way, while the cucumbers are salting, we take full advantage of the time to infuse as much flavor into the dressing as possible.

Easy Creamy Cucumber Salad

When the cucumbers are ready, toss them with the dressing and onions. You can serve the salad immediately or let it sit in the refrigerator for a day. As the salad sits, it becomes more flavorful, but the cucumbers soften. We’re not too worried about that, but it is something to remember.

Easy Creamy Cucumber Salad

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My creamy cucumber salad recipe features cucumbers tossed in a creamy, tzatziki-inspired yogurt dressing. Salting your cucumbers for 30 minutes before assembling the salad draws out excess moisture, intensifying their flavor. I highly recommend it!

Makes about 6 cups

You Will Need

1 ¼ pounds cucumber, sliced (2 medium)

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more as needed

3 tablespoons thick plain Greek yogurt, we use full-fat

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Juice from 1 lemon wedge

1 teaspoon finely minced garlic (1 small clove)

1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill

Fresh ground black pepper

1/2 cup sliced red onion (1 small onion)

Handful fresh dill and or mint leaves, for serving, optional

Directions

    1Add the sliced cucumbers to a colander and toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set them aside for 30 minutes in the sink or place them over a bowl to drain.

    2Meanwhile, make the cucumber salad dressing. In a large bowl, stir the yogurt, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, and chopped dill. Season with a pinch of salt and a generous amount of black pepper.

    3Stir the onions into the yogurt dressing, then set aside until the cucumbers are ready.

    4After 30 minutes of salting the cucumbers, rinse them with cold water. Shake off excess water then add to the dressing.

    5Toss the cucumbers until coated in the dressing. Taste, then season with additional salt and pepper, if needed.

    6Serve with more fresh herbs scattered on top. Serve or keep refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Mint is excellent in this salad. We especially love adding torn or whole mint leaves to the salad before serving.
  • The combination of red wine vinegar and fresh lemon makes the salad more interesting, but you can use one or the other if that is all you have.
  • As the salad sits, the cucumbers release some water, which may slightly thin the dressing. This is perfectly fine, as the cucumber water adds another layer of flavor. If the dressing becomes too thin, stir in another spoonful of yogurt before serving.
  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.
Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1 cup / Calories 28 / Total Fat 0.6g / Saturated Fat 0.3g / Cholesterol 1.2mg / Sodium 200.1mg / Total Carbohydrate 5g / Dietary Fiber 0.7g / Total Sugars 2.4g / Protein 1.6g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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23 comments… Leave a Review
  • Cath June 12, 2024, 8:55 pm

    Excellent salad. I made as recipe the first time and it was perfect – nice crunchy cucumber slices thanks to salting and rinsing. Great flavour. Made again tonight with the addition of sliced radishes, and swapping mint for the dill, and scallions for red onion (just what I had on hand). Still very good though I prefer the dill version. It will be a staple salad through the summer!

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  • Sharin Smith June 10, 2024, 12:43 pm

    I absolutely love your recipies. Please keep them coming. Have not found one that I didn’t like.
    Thank you for keeping us all healthy.

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    • Adam June 10, 2024, 1:53 pm

      Hi Sharin, You have made our day with this comment. We are so happy that you loved our recipes 🙂

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  • Esther June 9, 2024, 3:27 pm

    Recipes are good. Meatloaf was great as were meatballs. Going to try pita and flatbread next. Carrot cake was lush

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  • Peggy June 9, 2024, 1:52 pm

    I am a total beginner in the kitchen at retirement age…… I enjoy your recipes as they are simply written and taste AMAZING !! My family has many great cooks, however, they have enjoyed a couple of recipes I’ve gotten from you. Thank you ….. I can’t wait to get to grocery store to purchase a couple of items to make another recipe of yours.

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    • Adam June 18, 2024, 5:26 pm

      You have made our day with this comment 🙂

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  • Carla van Raay June 7, 2024, 7:38 pm

    I just love simplicity! and being able to visualize the process while it is being described. Super delicious and simple makes for favourite recipes for me, who is not a cook as some people are. This cucumber and yoghurt dressing salad is one of those. the only ingredient I found hard to come by is the dill. I don’t find it easy to grow myself, either. Maybe dill comes in powdered form as well? I’ll find out. Thanks for this and for your enthusiasm in giving us these great ideas so freely.

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  • Sunny Benedetti June 7, 2024, 4:34 pm

    Delicious, light & tasty! Perfect for a summer lunch!

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    • Adam June 7, 2024, 4:37 pm

      This is one of favorite summer salads! 🙂

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    • Margaret (Meg) Diversi June 7, 2024, 5:26 pm

      As always simple and delicious. Thank you

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  • Tereza June 7, 2024, 3:18 pm

    I am from Prag.I love all your recipes. Each weekend I prepare for my family my husband and my son and my grandchildren something good from your recipes. Already many years And I love also just to read your recipes. Thank you on much for this. Tereza from Prag

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  • Trishp June 7, 2024, 2:12 pm

    Love this recipe…Recommend peeling the cucumbers if you have digestive issues. And I like using sour cream vs yogurt. It’s an homage to my German Mom. Also a splash or two of tarragon vinegar. It is nice.

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  • Tom Nekuda June 7, 2024, 1:59 pm

    Love your recipes even if sometimes I modify. Keep up the good work. Tom

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    • Adam June 7, 2024, 2:04 pm

      Thank you so much! We love we people personalize our recipes 🙂

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  • Rebecca McKee June 7, 2024, 1:40 pm

    Absolutely delicious x

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    • Adam June 7, 2024, 1:43 pm

      Yay! Glad you love it 🙂

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  • Joan Price June 7, 2024, 1:21 pm

    This recipe is so good! Thank you!

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    • Adam June 7, 2024, 1:43 pm

      You are so welcome 🙂

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  • Laurie August 14, 2021, 3:15 pm

    I have not made anything yet but l sure will

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  • Joy August 29, 2018, 11:18 am

    How much garlic and in what form are added to the dressing?

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    • Joanne August 29, 2018, 1:43 pm

      Hi Joy, So sorry about that. It was missing in the ingredient list. You will need 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.

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  • Meka August 29, 2018, 9:38 am

    How much garlic is needed and what consistency?

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    • Joanne August 29, 2018, 1:43 pm

      Hi Meka, So sorry about that. It was missing in the ingredient list. You will need 1 teaspoon of minced garlic. The recipe has been fixed.

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