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Creamy, Crunchy Cucumber Salad

Have you been making a lot of summer salads lately? The hot weather in my part of the country has a lot to do with my salad making. Hot, humid weather makes the prospect of cooking using the oven or stove unpleasant. This cucumber salad makes a cool side dish for a hot summer day.

You might even consider making this cucumber salad instead of potato salad for your next picnic or barbecue. It's that good.

Crunchy Cucumber Salad

You'll love the crunchy cucumber salad as a summer side dish.


 
This is not your momma's cucumber salad recipe. I've changed it up, replacing sour cream with mayonnaise, and dill with celery seeds.  I love this version of cucumber salad and trust you will, too.
I planted two cucumber plants in early spring and they are producing with a vengeance now. I'm not a huge fan of cucumbers but with so many coming from my garden I needed to think of a delicious way to use them. This salad was my solution. 

Tips for the Best Cucumber Salad

You don't want seeds in your salad.  Choose a seedless cucmber or remove the seeds. Removing seed is easy as can be so don't sweat over it.

Cucumber seed can be scooped out using a spoon.

Cucumbers can be watery. If a watery dressing concerns you, place your lightly salted, sliced cucumbers in a colander and allow them to drain for about an hour.  Pat them dry. I don't bother with this step because I find the dressing coats the cucmbers well enough.  I serve with a slotted spoon.

Use colorful ingredients. Use a red onion and some chopped fresh herbs for additional color.  Parsley, dill or chives are good choices.
Color will make your cucumber salad look pretty.



Taste as you go. Adjust the flavors of the dressing to suit your taste.  Make this salad your own.

This salad is best consumed the day you make it. Your cucumbers may be less crisp and the salad will get more watery the longer is sits in your refrigerator.

Frequently Asked Questions

What brand of mayonnaise should I use?  Use your favorite brand.  Just be aware that flavors may differ from brand to brand.  That's why you always want to taste as you go.

Do I have to use a red onion?  No.  The red onion adds nice color to the salad.  Use what you like.

Can I make this salad ahead of time? The optimal time for serving this salad is one to three hours after you make it.  It will work to prep the salad ingredients and make the dressing ahead of time but wait to assemble the salad closer to serving.

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Creamy Crunchy Cucumber Salad Recipe

summer salad, summer side dish
side dish
American
Yield: 4
Author: Donna Urso
Creamy Crunchy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Crunchy Cucumber Salad

Prep time: 10 MinInactive time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 10 M
A creamy, crunchy, cool cucumber salad to serve as a side dish.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Peel your cucumbers and remove the seeds, if necessary
  2. Slice the onion thinly
  3. Combine the onion with the sliced cucumbers in a bowl.
  4. Prepare the dressing by mixing the remaining ingredients until well combined. Pour the dressing over the cucumber and onion mixture.
  5. Garnish with chopped fresh herbs as desired.
  6. Chill until served.

Notes

  1. Use a spoon to remove large seeds from your cucumbers.
  2. If a watery dressing concerns you, place your lightly salted, sliced cucumbers in a colander and allow them to drain for about an hour. Pat them dry. I don't bother with this step because I find the dressing coats the cucumbers well enough. I serve with a slotted spoon.
  3. Serve the day you make this salad for best results.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

218.54

Fat (grams)

21.22

Sat. Fat (grams)

3.29

Carbs (grams)

6.18

Fiber (grams)

0.79

Net carbs

5.39

Sugar (grams)

4.68

Protein (grams)

0.93

Sodium (milligrams)

229.71

Cholesterol (grams)

11.76

Nutritional information is approximate.



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