Grandma’s Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe

Grandma’s Creamy Cucumber Salad – Taste never gets old

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Grandma’s Creamy Cucumber Salad | Hurry The Food Up

The Sunday lunch highlight at my Grandma’s place wasn’t the roast for me. Nope, it was the creamy cucumber salad.

I know, children might have odd food preferences, but that salad was what I was looking forward to when visiting my grandparents (well, foodwise).

Funny enough, when I still had no, I mean absolutely no idea of cooking, these kinds of dishes always were some sort of wizardry for me.

How can one combine various ingredients in such a way that something as tasty as this creamy cucumber salad comes out? Impossible.

Ironically, it’s the easiest recipe ever. Six super simple ingredients tossed together and you’re done: cucumber, onion, cream, vinegar, salt and sugar.

It was a bit silly, if not stupid, that I never asked my grandma for more recipes.

When I finally came up with that idea her Alzheimer’s was already too far progressed.

Oh well, at least this cucumber salad stayed with me. Thanks Bernadine!

Cucumber, cream, onion and other ingredients | Hurry The Food Up
A bowl of cucumber salad with creamy dressing and a table spoon | Hurry The Food Up

Here are a few creamy cucumber salad tips

Firstly: always slice the cucumber as thinly as possible. This is a delicate recipe with a perfect balance of flavour and texture – thick lumps of cucumber just won’t do.

Dicing the onion as small as possible is excellent, too.

Secondly, this salad gets better by the hour. Literally. It needs to sit in the fridge for at least two hours, and if possible, longer.

If you can resist eating it until the next day then you’ll be rewarded all the more.

Another addition to the recipe, and this one coming from me, is dill.

If you have some, throw it on – the pairing works perfectly! Don’t worry if you haven’t – the recipe survived thirty years without it, and will continue to do so.

So, on behalf on me and my grandma Bernadine, sit back, relax and enjoy her traditional creamy cucumber salad.

Bowl of cucumber salad with cream and dill | Hurry The Food Up

Health benefits of cucumbers

Despite having a high water content and low calorie count, cucumbers actually pack quite a punch when it comes to vitamins and minerals.

Most of the (few) calories in cucumbers come from fibre, and fibre can help with digestion, gut health and keep you feeling fuller for longer.

And that high water content we mentioned – great for helping to keep you hydrated.

In fact eating cucumbers can help you reach your recommended daily fluid intake. No wonder this cucumber salad is so refreshing on a summer’s day!

Finally, as with most fruits and vegetables, cucumbers contain antioxidants which can help to fight the accumulation of free radicals and may reduce the risk of disease. 

To maximise the nutritional benefits you should leave the skin on cucumbers, as we have in this creamy cucumber salad recipe. 

Creamy cucumber salad recipe FAQ’s

We’ve answered some of the most common questions about this recipe, but if you have more just let us know in the comments.

How long does cucumber salad last in the fridge?

This salad should last well in the fridge for 2-3 days. We actually suggest making it ahead as it gets tastier over time, so if you can, leave it for a few hours or even a day before tucking in.

Can I use non-dairy cream?

Whilst we’ve only made this recipe with dairy cream, it should translate well into a vegan dish!

We suggest choosing a soy cream (instead of a yoghurt) as it will need a similar fat content of around 30% to get that delicious creamy result!

What type of cream works best in the dressing?

We suggest a cream that is approx 35% fat but runny enough to pour and mix. 

Is it keto?

Yep! This recipe is low in carbs and could be a great addition for anyone on a keto diet.

What goes with cucumber salad?

This salad is the perfect side for so many dishes in the warmer months, thanks to how refreshing and versatile it is.

Whether you’re taking it to a BBQ as a side or dishing it up with crusty bread, we’re sure it will go down well!

Check out our vegetarian summer recipes for some inspiration. 

Do you have more cucumber recipes?

We sure do! If you’re hooked on this creamy cucumber salad, check out our recipes for high society cucumber sandwiches, Persian cucumber dip and cucumber raita.

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Grandma’s Creamy Cucumber Salad

This classic creamy cucumber salad has been passed down for good reason – it’s incredible! It’s also simple and quick, just the way it should be.
Course Side
Time 5 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 as a side
Calories 154kcal
Author Bernadine Fox, Hauke’s grandma



  • 2 tbsp dill, fresh (fresh or frozen)


  • Finely slice the cucumber and finely dice the onion. All really, really fine 🙂
  • Add to a bowl and mix in the cream.
  • Finish off the salad with the vinegar, sugar and salt.
  • Mix well and let the salad rest for at least 2 hours for maximum taste.
  • Enjoy!


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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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About Hauke Fox

I'm always on the lookout for these damn smart recipes. You know, those that only take a few minutes to put together and taste delicious. Vegetarian Cooking at home is a way to take back control over what I eat. I don't like what many companies do to animals and the environment with their products.

This article has been medically reviewed by James Bell

Healthy, nutritious and absurdly tasty food? That’s what I’m all about. I love recipes which are full of flavour but are good for you too. My job in family medicine led me to become a nutrition professional as well, with an aim to get people healthier just by the food they eat.


  1. Hi Hauke, I don’t like to use dairy and was wondering whether this salad would work using plain soy yoghurt instead of the cream?
    Thanks, Sue

    • Hi Sue,
      hmm, that’s a good question. I’ve never tried it with soy yogurt. All in all I’m sure the taste would be very different since yogurt usually has around 4% fat, cream around 30%. So, if you’d like to make it vegan, I’d look for something with more fat. There are deffo soy creams out there that fit the bill 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I’m currently eating it and I love it! I’m a big cumcumber eater so I’m in love with that salad *-*

  3. I haven’t made it yet, but have the mini cucumbers. Do you use heavy cream or half and half?
    This looks like what my grandmother made that I loved.

    • Hi Cynthia, we use cream for it. Just looked up, if heavy cream and cream are the same. To me it looks like it. We mean the liquidy approx 35% fat cream 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Loving the cucumber salad – thank you
    You asked for family recipes, this is probably my favourite
    Grandma’s spaghetti cheese
    This is the most surprisingly tasty thing
    Chopped onions and chopped (unpeeled) apple, cooked until just soft, add a little seasoning then stir in tomato ketchup. Top it with cooked spaghetti and cover in cheese sauce. You can add a little extra grated cheese and / or paprika then pop in the overn or under the grill til the top’s nice and brown.
    My gran was born in 1890 but i reckon she was WAY ahead of her time – this is just one of her little gems 😀

  5. My family has a recipe pretty close to this. People look at me weird when I mention sour cream cucumbers lol. My family usually has them with potato and cheese pierogies. They are so delicious together but havebto make sure you get a bite of pierogies with the sour cream/ vinegar sauce on it. Yummy but not so healthy. I have made them with Greek yogurt and the turned out pretty good.

    • Haha! An odd mix indeed, but a great one IMO :D. I’ve never actually tried a pierogie – I guess I’ve missed out! At least I know what to try them with now, thanks!

      • OMG Dave! You have to try pierogies. Especially the potato and cheese variety but please make sure they are homemade not store bought Mrs Ts .
        My family boils the pierogies and then douses them with butter and crispy bacon. So not healthy, but soooooo delicious. The sour cream and vinegar cut thru the fat from pierogies as well as the bacon and butter. I promise you will love them.


    5 stars

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