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Cucumbers in Sour Cream

April 24, 2013Teresa

2013 – Gluten Free Living

Cucumbers in Sour Cream is a really easy and tasty side salad that’s great to offer in the summer time when you have an abundance of cucumbers from your garden or your CSA. It’s a light, cool, refreshing way to eat cucumbers and so simple to make even a child can make this.

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This recipe was from my husband’s family and he actually made this recipe, along with a full-course meal, for my 21st birthday. I still remember that menu: BBQ Spare Ribs, Baked Potatoes, Green Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers in Sour Cream, Rolls, and a Chocolate Cake. Yum.

I was so impressed because I could barely boil water and John made this amazing meal with all these great side dishes. John’s grandma used to make this when he was growing up. I’ve added a few things but mostly kept the salad the way he made it all those long years ago.

If you’re looking for a wonderful side salad to serve at a salad luncheon, for summer time meals when you don’t want to operate your oven, or even potluck dinners this simple and easy recipe is a good fit. It only takes about 10 minutes to prepare, then refrigerate it until ready to serve. Our family has always enjoyed this basic cucumber recipe, and I hope you do too.

When I initially posted this recipe in April 2013 it was right before I began taking pictures with my new Canon camera. Consequently all the pictures were taken with an iPhone 4 so they were grainy and blurry.

I’ve been remaking all my first year blog recipes, so when we had a big potluck at our church last month (May 2015), I decided to make up a batch of these cucumbers. I was thrilled with what a big hit this cucumber dish was with everyone. Plus, Cucumbers in Sour Cream is healthy, low calorie and gluten free.

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Cucumbers in Sour Cream is so easy to make you can have this ready in about 10 minutes.

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John’s grandma passed on this recipe although she never used dill weed.

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Cucumbers in Sour Cream has a creamy texture. This salad is so refreshing served in the summer when the temperatures are hot. However, cucumbers can be purchased all year round so you can make this anytime.

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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Peel and slice down the cucumbers. Place cucumbers in a medium-sized bowl. 

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Thinly slice down a small onion and separate the onion into rings (or dice up green onions). Add on top of the cucumber.

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In a separate bowl, make sauce: Measure sour cream. Add apple cider vinegar, dill weed, salt, pepper and sugar.

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Whisk sauce ingredients to combine.

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Pour sauce into bowl with cucumbers. 

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Stir well until onions and cucumbers are combined.

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Cucumbers in Sour Cream is healthy, low calorie, and gluten free. 

Here’s the recipe.

CUCUMBERS IN SOUR CREAM

(Recipe from my husband, John, adapted from his grandmother)

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Tasty side dish that's great on hot summer days. Serve at any backyard barbecue or day when you're grilling outside. Great way to use up excess garden produce, too!
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  1. Layer cucumbers and onion in bowl.
  2. Mix sour cream, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and dill weed in a small bowl.
  3. Pour over cucumbers and onions.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. Stir a few times before serving to marinate cucumbers.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Although Grandma never used dill weed, we've always liked the addition in this recipe when we make it.

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[b]Cucumbers in Sour Cream[/b]
Recipe Type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra recipe from my husband, John, as passed down and adapted from his grandmother, Anne Rubner, Largo, FL
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Serves: 6
Tasty side dish that’s great on hot summer days. Serve at any backyard barbecue or day when you’re grilling outside. Great way to use up excess garden produce, too!
Ingredients
  • 2 or 3 cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thinly, and separated into rings, or green onions
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper, or more to taste
  • ¼-1/2 tsp. dill weed, if desired
Instructions
  1. Layer cucumbers and onion in bowl.
  2. Mix sour cream, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and dill weed in a small bowl.
  3. Pour over cucumbers and onions.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. Stir a few times before serving to marinate cucumbers.
Notes
Although Grandma never used dill weed, we’ve always liked the addition in this recipe when we make it.
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Cucumbers in Sour Cream is so quick and easy to prepare, yet it’s large on taste.

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Cucumbers in Sour Cream is a cool, light, and refreshing side salad that goes with practically any meal. If you have a bumper crop of cucumbers this is a great way to use them up!

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52 Comments

  • Anonymous

    August 16, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    I agree with others, too sweet. Next time I will cut the sugar in half.

    1. Teresa

      August 17, 2020 at 6:42 am

      Thanks for sharing your comments. Have a great week.

  • Eraj Siddiqui

    March 20, 2020 at 4:51 am

    a simple and easy recipe .. i’m going to try this

    1. Teresa

      March 20, 2020 at 9:26 am

      Very easy.

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  • Suzanne

    November 7, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    This is a favorite “go-to” dish when my garden is giving me lots of cukes. I take it to a whole other level by adding lots of FRESH dill. I also use less sugar. Give it a try!

    1. Teresa

      November 8, 2019 at 1:03 pm

      Hi, Suzanne. I really do have to try it that way. I grow fresh dill in early summer but the heat here in Texas kills it by July so i’ll have yo do it sooner. Thanks for the tip.

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  • Chris

    October 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    My daddy made a similar one using dill pickle juice instead of vinegar and no sugar. Sometimes used Hellman’s if we didn’t have sour cream. It’s a favorite!

    1. Teresa

      October 26, 2019 at 7:34 am

      Thanks, Chris. It’s delicious in so many different ways!

  • Chuck

    September 1, 2019 at 10:46 am

    I substituted the sugar with no carb stevia this brought the calories down to 83 and the carbs down to 3 grams per serving. Would be a good fit for a Keto diet

    1. Teresa

      September 1, 2019 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks, Chuck, that’s a great idea!

    2. Janet R

      October 15, 2019 at 8:17 pm

      Yum yum! Even my son loved them. Put in a bit more sugar , skipped the dill and onions.

      1. Teresa

        October 16, 2019 at 10:39 am

        Hi Janet. It’s always nice when a recipe turns out and everyone enjoys it! Thanks for sharing.

  • Patt K

    May 4, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Yum! Have made this several times and it’s a hubby favorite !

    1. Teresa

      May 5, 2019 at 8:29 am

      Hi, Patt. So glad you and your husband enjoy this recipe. I love how quick and easy it is!

  • Anonymous

    May 9, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Hands down, my favorite summer salad of all time! My Mom used to make it and now it’s one of my go-to recipes. Awesome!

    1. Teresa

      May 10, 2018 at 6:10 am

      Thanks. We love this delightful recipe.

  • Anonymous

    August 7, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Love this recipe! My mother in law used wine vinegar rather than just regular vinegar.

    1. Teresa

      August 7, 2017 at 8:35 am

      I bet it was delicious that way too!

  • Cheryl

    July 23, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Very close to my mom’s “sour cream and cucumbers” recipe. We made a meal of of it, by pouring the wilted cukes onions and cream over boiled butters potatoes, then mushed them up a bit…..memories

    1. Teresa

      July 24, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks, Cheryl, for the walk down memory lane. This is one of our favorites too.

    2. Rebecca

      July 1, 2019 at 6:17 pm

      Oh, thank you for jogging my memory! We used to eat this over boiled or baked potatoes, too, but I’d forgotten about it. 🤗🤗

      1. Teresa

        July 2, 2019 at 11:27 am

        Thanks for sharing, Rebecca.

  • Karin Krol

    June 22, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    My Grandmother and Mother made this dish in the summer. I forgot about it. Thank you for the recipe. I will defiantly be making this soon. Karin

    1. Teresa

      June 23, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Hi, Karin. Yes it’s a simple yet terrific recipe. Enjoy!

  • Anonymous

    January 30, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Just perfect ! Thank you

    1. Teresa

      January 30, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them!

  • Tisha

    January 20, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Absolutely perfect!!! I used truvia instead of sugar and it comes out so good! I added a little less apple cider vinegar the second time I made it! Both were good. It depends on your taste!

    1. Teresa

      January 20, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks, Tisha. So glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for the tip about Truvia. I may try it that way next time.

  • Anonymous

    September 11, 2016 at 11:02 am

    My grandma always “wilted” the slices of cucumbers and onions in a bowl by sprinkling a couple tablespoons of salt over top and mixed. She let them sit for 20-30 minutes then placed them in a colander and ran water over them to rinse salt off. Then all she added was sour cream to cover and mixed well. I Can’t stay out of them.

    1. Teresa

      September 11, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      Sounds like a wonderful way to make it. Yum!

  • Kimberley

    July 23, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    This was amazing. Thought I should cut back on the sugar too, but let it all sit for a couple of hours and the flavors meshed real good! Love it and will be using this for the family again.

    1. Teresa

      July 23, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      Hi Kimberley. So glad you enjoyed this delightful recipe. It’s always been a family favorite on my husband’s side.

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  • Kayla

    June 18, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    this was good but very sweet, next time i will be cutting down the sugar

    1. Teresa

      June 18, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Hi, Kayla. I’m sorry you didn’t like it. With the vinegar in the dressing I may have amped up the sugar more than some like. I’ve never enjoyed really tart salad dressings. I hope you enjoy it more with reduced sugar.

  • kim

    June 8, 2016 at 11:59 am

    my grandma made something identical to this, only without the dill, like your grandma, and she used Hellmann’s instead of sour cream!! just bought cucumbers and onions yesterday to make this recipe!! now.. i’m going to try it with the greek yogurt too like denise suggested!!

    1. Teresa

      June 8, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Kim. I bet using Hellmann’s recipes works well too. I love old-fashioned recipes from our grandma’s and glad you’ve had the same experience with yours.

  • Denise

    June 6, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I’ve made this recipe for years. Recently I’ve been substituting plain Greek yogurt for the sour cream to add a little protein and eliminate some fat. Still delicious.

    1. Teresa

      June 6, 2016 at 9:18 am

      What a wonderful idea, Denise. I’ll have to give that a try soon. So glad you like the recipe. Thanks for letting me know.

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  • Sallly Tieso

    May 15, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I added a little heavy cream to this. Amazing! Will make again and again:)

    1. Teresa

      May 16, 2016 at 8:15 am

      Thanks for the tip, Sally. I’ll have to give it a try. 🙂

    2. Gayle

      October 17, 2016 at 6:13 am

      My family has been making this recipe as far back as my great grandmother. We slice the cucumbers and onions thinly and wilt them with salt for about 30 minutes and then rinse them. Instead of sour cream we use reg or heavy cream. So good! For a lighter version I sometime use half and half and it is still good.

      1. Teresa

        October 18, 2016 at 4:22 pm

        I bet that’s a great way to make them, Gayle. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Tamara Leigh: The Kitchen Novelist

    April 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Mouth is watering–love cucumbers and sour cream. What a great summer dish!

    1. Teresa

      April 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      I think it would be good with tomatoes and red peppers too. I wonder if it would taste good with avocados? 🙂

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