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Got cucumbers?

Updated on August 22, 2013

Then make this easy Sour Cream Cuke Salad!

Cucumber salads are always on the table at my house in the summertime.

I have had great success growing these spiny salad vegetables in my raised bed garden. I have also been known to grow beautiful bush cucumber plants in a container. (scroll down to see the pot grown plant below!) That being said, I am going to share with you one of my new favorite salad recipes using cucumbers. I found the original Sour Cream Cuke Salad recipe while browsing Pinterest one day. I promptly went to the website and copied the blogger's family recipe on a card and made it for a trip to the lake. I transported the cucumber salad in the very RubberMaid container I you will see here on this page. What a great way to use up the half dozen fresh cucumbers I had in my fridge.

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Yes, Cucumbers can grow in a pot!

Yes, Cucumbers can grow in a pot!
Yes, Cucumbers can grow in a pot!

An Easy Vegetable to Grow - You will have tons of cucumbers to slice up for salads!

I have had great luck growing cucumbers in my small garden. The first year I grew Bush Cucumbers in my raised bed using a trellis designed for climbing vines. I planted about 8 seeds and thinned the plants down to 4 and I had more than enough to use for most of the summer. I do not pickle the cucumbers I grow, I just slice them for salads.

The image above is a photo of my cucumbers growing in a pot using the trellis from the previous year. I planted flowers in front of the cucumber seedlings and I think my container looks fabulous! Use Dynamite fertilizer.

Burpee 66738 Cucumber Bush Champion Seed Packet
Burpee 66738 Cucumber Bush Champion Seed Packet

This is the brand I purchase. Do not be fooled by the "bush" in the name; these plants do make a vine, just not as long as you might expect. I "train" mine to grow up a 36-Inch Wire Trellis for Planters and Borders



I found a beautiful image of a "Sour Cream Cuke Salad" on Pinterest and adapted the recipe from the website Simply Scratch. Changing the recipe to make it healthier, I used fat-free sour cream and dried dill weed because that is what I had on hand. The original recipe used fresh dill, but I did not have any. It also said to use 6 small or 2 large cucumbers, but what makes a "large" or a "small" cuke? That is why I changed it to 3 cups of sliced cucumbers.

  • Prep time: 2 hours
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
  • Yields: 6-8


  • 3 cups thinly sliced cucumbers
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • Kosher salt (or just plain old salt)
  • 4 Tablespoons fat-free sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon dried dill
  • black pepper to taste
  • A few splashes white Balsamic vinegar


  1. In a large bowl layer 1/3 of the sliced cukes and red onion. Sprinkle this layer with salt. Repeat two times for 3 layers. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours. Using clean hands, squeeze out excess moisture in the cukes/onions and put in a bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, mix sour cream, dill, sugar and black pepper. Add a little vinegar at a time and taste as you go to get the flavor you like the best. (Original blogger says that if you get too much vinegar, you can balance it out by adding a little more sour cream and a pinch of sugar.)
  3. Pour dressing over vegetables, stir and cover. Chill another 30 minutes. Stir again and season with more salt and pepper if you want.
Cast your vote for Sour Cream Cucumber Salad Recipe--

Preparing the cucumbers:

After thinly slicing the cucumbers and onion, layer them in a bowl. The Rubbermaid bowls come with a tight fitting lid. Very handy.

Making the sour cream dressing:

I used a small Rubbermaid bowl to make the dressing for my cucumber salad. Kept the dressing in the refrigerator until ready to toss into the sliced cukes and onions.

A tool and a bowl set used for making this salad:

I own the products below. You see them in my photos.

MIU France Stainless Steel Professional Mandoline Slicer
MIU France Stainless Steel Professional Mandoline Slicer

I own this slicer and it makes beautifully thin slices of cucumbers and onions. Use it with caution. I do not slice all of the vegetables to the end. If you do, you need to buy a glove.

Rubbermaid 50-Piece Easy Find Lid Food Storage Set
Rubbermaid 50-Piece Easy Find Lid Food Storage Set

I love these containers by Rubbermaid. They are very easy to stack and store.

I also use them to store leftovers in the freezer.


Thanks for visiting this page with my newly found cucumber salad recipe. Please feel free to leave a comment.R

PS: One of the visitors to this lens suggested that I look for a recipe for Raita that is very similar to the salad recipe I have shared with you. I did a search and found a mouthwatering Riata recipe on You can find it by clicking Cucumber-Mint Raita Recipe. I intend to make Raita as soon as my cucumbers "come in". Raita is not really a salad, though. It is a sauce used to cool one's palate when eating spicy foods.

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Must look for this cucumber recipe on the web. I do love the flavor of cumin.

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      @Bulbs1: Yes, thin is best for onions in this salad! Thanks for confirming this fact.

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      jikolan 5 years ago

      cucumbers are my favourite vegetable. i certainly have to try that recipe.

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      Sounds yummy! I'd like to try it today. Thanks!

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      kathyjd 5 years ago

      I will have to try this. We have tons of cukes from the garden. Thanks for the idea

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe, it looks great to me!

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      themeaparty 5 years ago

      Nommy! Love the bush cucumbers, I grew those one year, real space savers.

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      Sounds good, not unlike a cucumber raita!

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      anne mohanraj 5 years ago

      Thank you for these great recipes!

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      I'm always looking for cucumber recipes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago


      Thnx for the tips

      gonna try it for sure

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      grifith 5 years ago

      One of the best lenses

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      kgdunst 5 years ago

      Great dressing for cucumber and as a Summer dip too. Yummy and easy!

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      OMG.. The sour cream dressing looks so good and it must taste like! oo0o0o can't wait to try it!

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      I love this! Thanks.

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      Bulbs1 5 years ago

      Great idea for my over-abundance of cucumbers this year. I can't stress enough that the onions must be very thinly sliced. It ain't a cheeseburger, folks!

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      casquid 5 years ago

      Cool lens I will add you as a link on my cucumber lens.

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      beindustrial 5 years ago

      this looks delish... Kinda looks like the Tzatziki that my Greek friend is serving during our picnics... yum...

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      beindustrial 5 years ago

      this looks delish... Kinda looks like the Tzatziki that my Greek friend is serving during our picnics... yum...

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      ae dc 5 years ago

      this looks refreshingly delicious. thanks for sharing the recipe!

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      I'm always on the lookout for new ways to use fresh cucumbers from the garden, and your cucumber salad recipe looks delicious. Yum!

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      There are always so many cukes when they start to ripen... I'm always looking for new recipes to use and the cuke, red onion and sour cream look like a delicious combo.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Sounds so good...and I love cucumbers. My mom always sliced them and served them in a bowl with vinigar and ground, black pepper. Tangy!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      This looks delicious. Cucumber are the same, what make it different is the source or sour cream. Thanks for the recipe.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This looks very similar to cucumber raita, which is made with yogurt, salt, roasted cumin seeds, and shredded cucumber and onion. Raita makes a great side dish when you're eating something spicy and need to cool your tongue.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a time to be out of cucumbers...and sour cream, your salad sounds refreshingly delicious, this is new to me. Congratulations on your yummy front page feature and purple star!

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      Jack 5 years ago

      I love cucumbers. I will try this.

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      we are eating this all the time

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I love quick and easy recipes like this....thanks for sharing!

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Did you know that you can freeze sliced cucumbers? My sister told me about it a couple of years ago, and being the doubter that I am, I froze some. Lo and behold, it works. But, if you try this, remember to thaw out the cucumbers, place them in a colander and run cold water over them. Then fix your salad like you always do. I freeze them sliced, with the peels on.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Your recipe sounds delicious! We only have two pot grown cucumber plants and they produce plenty of cucs!

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      ritu12 lm 5 years ago

      Your recipe of salad is sounding so yummy! Totally gona do it!

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      I grew quite a few cucumbers too so I could do with a few new cucumber ideas! Many thanks.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Cucumber salad is delicious. I also loved growing up during canning season when my Gram would prepare her "refrigerator" pickles, sometimes called 30-day Dills. Thin sliced, loaded with onion and garlic, I'd eat them 'til I got sick.

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      Cool lens and I'll be trying your recipe...thanks.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love cucumbers and your plants and dishes look great!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love cucumbers. They go with everything. Love this lens!

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      YUM! I get hungry for cucumber salad this time of year...thanks!

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      YUM! I get hungry for cucumber salad this time of year...thanks!

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      nicks44 5 years ago

      I am already starting to feel the taste of it all ... So fresh and watery :))