Creamed Cucumber Salad

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This cool and creamed cucumber salad is a classic side dish that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner or family holiday. It’s a time-honored recipe that has been a favorite in my home for as long as I can remember. You’re going to love it too. 

Creamed Cucumber Salad in bowls.

My Favorite Creamed Cucumber Salad

I’m back with another classic recipe from my home to yours: Creamed Cucumber Salad. This has been a family staple for as long as I can remember and likely LONG before that. It’s not something my family invented. In fact, I’m sure that your family (or someone you know) has their own creamed cucumber recipe. 

Creamed cucumber salad is typically a mixture of cucumbers, onions, sour cream, vinegar, sugar, and salt and pepper. It’s cool, crunchy, sour, sweet, and creamy all rolled into one. While it makes a delicious summer side, we often enjoy it with most of our holiday meals. 

Creamed Cucumber Salad in bowl.
creamed cucumber salad in bowl.

This particular version of the recipe leans a bit more on the sour side. If you like things sweeter, add a bit more sugar or less vinegar. If you want it creamier, add a touch more sour cream. I love recipes that you can customize to suit your particular tastes. I think that’s why there are so many of these creamed cucumber salad recipes out there; it seems as if everyone has adjusted the recipe to their family’s palate. 

Want more unique side salads? Try these:

Creamed Cucumber Salad in bowls.

What Does Creamed Cucumber Salad Contain?

You only need a few things to whip up this delicious side salad recipe:

  • cucumbers
  • sour cream
  • apple cider vinegar
  • cucumbers
  • red onion
  • sugar
  • salt and pepper

Ready to assemble? Let’s do it!

Creamed Cucumber Salad in bowl.

How to Make: 

For your convenience, I’ve provided a detailed ingredients list and instructions in the printable recipe card below.

  1. In a large bowl add the sliced cucumbers and sprinkle with salt. Stir gently. 
  2. Let the cucumbers rest for about 30-60 minutes. Drain off any excess water. 
making creamed cucumbers.
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, apple cider vinegar, and sugar until smooth and blended. 
  2. Pour this mixture over the cucumbers. Stir gently to coat. 
making creamed cucumbers.
  1. Season with black pepper and additional salt if needed. 
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours. 

Serve and enjoy. 

As you can see, it is simple to assemble this recipe. In addition, it leads to delicious results! 

Creamed Cucumber Salad in bowls.

Frequently Asked Questions?

I assume you might have a few questions about this recipe; I will answer them below. If I missed something, feel free to ask anything in the comments section. 

Should you peel the cucumbers?

It’s a personal preference. I generally like to peel the cucumbers so that a few spots of dark green skin remain. This adds a little visual interest to the dish. 

What cucumbers are best? 

Again, it’s a personal preference. I prefer the large English cucumbers as they tend to have fewer seeds. The “newer” mini cucumbers work great too. 

Creamed Cucumber Salad in small bowl.

Can you make this in advance?

You sure can! Several hours in advance works perfectly. I do recommend making it the same day for ultimate freshness and crispness. 

How long will this salad last? 

As mentioned above, I like it best on the same day. However, it will last about two days in the refrigerator. After that, the cucumbers will start to lose some of their crispness. 

Creamed Cucumber Salad in bowl.

You’re Ready to Enjoy!

And that’s a wrap on this creamed cucumber salad recipe. Whether this recipe is new to you or an old family favorite, I hope this post inspired you to add it to your menu soon! 

If you’ve never had creamed cucumbers before, I’d love to know what you think after you’ve given this recipe a try. Let me know in the comments below.

Enjoy! 

Creamed Cucumber Salad in bowl.

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Creamed Cucumber Salad

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Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamed cucumbers, cucumbers, salad
Servings: 6
Prep Time 15 mins
Resting Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
This cool and creamed cucumber salad is a classic side dish that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner or family holiday. It’s a time-honored recipe that has been a favorite in my home for as long as I can remember. You’re going to love it too.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 medium cucumbers - peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 small red onion - sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large bowl add the sliced cucumbers and sprinkle with salt. Stir gently.
  • Let the cucumbers rest for about 30-60 minutes. Drain off any excess water.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, apple cider vinegar, and sugar until smooth and blended.
  • Pour this mixture over the cucumbers. Stir gently to coat. Season with black pepper and additional salt if needed.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Notes

We tend to like our creamed cucumbers more on the sour side. If you like yours sweeter, add a bit more sugar. If creamier is the goal, then add a touch more sour cream.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 104kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 1178mgPotassium: 364mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 323IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 1mg
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  • Sara at

    What a good reminder of a great recipe! My Polish mother-in-law would make a version of this often as it is a traditional Polish recipe. I’m sure as you mentioned, many people from different cultures make it too, it was just in her repertoire of recipes from growing up in Chicago in a Polish household.
    Football game to watch today, so I will make it to go with the bratwurst! Thank you, Michael for all you do.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much! They will be delicious with your bratwurst! Enjoy!!

      xo Michael

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