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A bowl of sliced cucumber salad with fresh dill

Creamy Cucumber Salad with Lemon and Dill

A deliciously simple summer salad with crisp cucumbers and a creamy lemon dill vinaigrette.
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Course: salads
Cuisine: Nordic, Scandinavian
Keyword: cucumber and dill salad, easy cucumber salad, lemon cucumber salad
Prep Time: 35 minutes
refrigerate: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 3 -4 servings
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Kristi


  • 1 large English cucumber or 2 medium garden cucumbers, unpeeled and sliced thin (see note below)
  • 1 ½ tsp coarse salt + more for seasoning
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest finely grated zest from one lemon
  • 1` tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • pinch ground pepper


  • Transfer cucumber slices to a colander and sprinkle with salt.  Toss to coat evenly  Let the cucumbers sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.Meanwhile, make the dressing. 
  • Combine the shallot and the white wine vinegar in a medium bowl.  Let sit for about 10 minutes to mellow out the shallot flavor.Add sour cream, extra-virgin olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and dill to the bowl and whisk until combined.
  • Transfer the cucumbers to a sheet pan lined with paper towels.  Pat dry.Add the cucumbers to the vinaigrette and toss to coat.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  
  • Cover and chill until ready to serve.  This salad is best after it has had a chance to chill for 30 minutes or so.  It can be made several hours or up to a day ahead of time.


*English cucumbers are a nice choice here because they are seedless.  If you are using garden cucumbers, particularly if they have large seeds, you might consider slicing them in half lengthwise and removing the seeds with a spoon prior to continuing with the recipe.


Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 1174mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg