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Cool & Creamy Cucumber Salad

  • Author: Liz
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


A great salad for a warm day…serve alongside your favorite chicken or seafood dish.  This simple recipe is adapted from one I found by Giada De Laurentiis.  I’ve changed it up to make it more “pantry friendly,”  So if you have a cucumber, you probably have the rest of the ingredients on hand.  If you don’t have a cucumber, go buy one, don’t miss this!


  • 1 ripe cucumber
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbl white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbl dried mint leaves (from the spice jar)
  • About 2 scallion, chopped


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the cucumbers.  Slice them rather thinly.
  2. Lay the cucumbers out on paper towels, sprinkle with salt, and allow to drain for about 15 minutes.
  3. Place paper towel over the cucumbers and press lightly to release additional moisture and remove some of the salt.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the sour cream, vinegar, olive oil, mint, scallions, and remaining 1/8 tsp salt.
  5. Place the cucumbers in the bowl and toss with the dressing until well coated.  Serve and enjoy!


  1. You can use fresh mint if you have it – use about 1/3 cup torn leaves.
  2. We ate this as soon as it was ready.  I’m thinking it would be even better if it had some refrigerator time covered, so that the flavors can meld.
  3. Chives can be used in place of the scallions if you have them, it would be a milder taste.
  4. I happen to prefer my way to drain the excess moisture from the cucumbers.  Some call for placing them in a colandar with a sprinkle of salt, then squeezing the excess moisture out.  I say YUK.  The cucumber slices are too tender for such rough treatment!
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Category: salads
  • Method: chop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cucumber, cucumber salad, salad



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 I’ve always loved cooking, and spent many years working on the food & beverage side of the hospitality industry, which served to increase my interest in food, wine and entertaining.