Cucumber dill salad is one of the easiest and most versatile dishes you can make. A basic cucumber dill salad is refreshing, filling, and very low in calories. As a bonus, the salad can be adapted in creative ways. Using a basic cucumber salad recipe as a base, different ingredients and surprising twists can turn this picnic staple into an unforgettable dish.

What Is Cucumber Dill Salad?

1. What Is Dill?

2. What’s So Special about Cucumber Dill Salad??

Ingredients 

A basic cucumber salad has five ingredients:

  • cucumbers
  • salt
  • vinegar
  • sugar (or stevia)
  • dill

Most of us have sugar, salt, and vinegar hanging around in our cabinets, so all you need to pick up to make the salad are the cucumbers and dill.

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Instructions to Prepare Cucumber Dill Salad

Now that you have a base cucumber dill salad, you can use it to prepare a variety of dishes. Below, we present instructions for adding to your base salad. Our list begins with some easy, relatively tame recipes and moves on to more unique and surprising takes on this classic salad.

Sweet Start

Cucumber dili salad with ice cream on top and cherry placed at the white ceramic plate

Image by RitaE from Pixabay

Most people have a preference for a sweet or savory cucumber salad. If you’re on the sweet side, then a creamy version of this salad might be for you. Many creamy recipes for cucumber dill salad are available online. Most of them mix mayonnaise or sour cream into the base.

Here’s a good starter for the creamy version. It includes both mayo and sour cream:

https://www.gonnawantseconds.com/creamy-cucumber-salad-recipe/

Another sweet twist is the addition of carrots. Carrots are a great mix-in for this salad. Not only do they add color and crunch, but they also bring on extra vitamins and a slightly sweet taste. Check out this cucumber carrot dill salad:

http://cookingwithmykid.com/2010/01/18/cucumber-dill-salad/

Finally, here’s a creative, slightly sweet/slightly tangy salad with pistachios:

https://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/2017/04/26/cucumber-dill-feta-pistachio-salad/

Tangy

Cucumber dili salad with mozzarella cheese in a bowl with spoon and fork

Image by TheUjulala from Pixabay

If you like a creamy cucumber dill salad but prefer your salad more tangy than sweet, then a cucumber salad made with plain yogurt might be the way to go. This take incorporates Greek yogurt and radishes for a colorful, peppery crunch:

https://www.wellplated.com/creamy-cucumber-salad/

Vinegar is a key ingredient in cucumber salad. Your choice of vinegar—plain distilled, rice, apple cider, balsamic, etc.—can shape your salad in different ways. To get a sense of how vinegar affects a salad, try this recipe, which incorporates three types of vinegar:

https://www.foodiecrush.com/dill-cucumber-salad-and-5-more-super-simple-cucumber-salads/

For many people, the next mix-in they go for when making cucumber dill salad is salty feta cheese. This cheese is a perfect match for cucumbers and tossed with tomatoes, it makes a dilly version of a Mediterranean staple.  Try this one to take your first steps with feta:

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/233542/refrigerator-dill-pickles/

If adding feta to your cucumber salad is old hat, then this colorful recipe with peas and chopped red cabbage might be right up your alley:

https://thecafesucrefarine.com/chopped-cucumber-dill-salad/

Lemon-lovers will enjoy this elegant recipe, which incorporates fresh lemon juice and lemon peel:

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/fresh-dill-cucumbers-with-lemon

The Next Level

If you can’t get enough of the cucumber-dill combo, then it’s time to go beyond salads.

Cucumbers and dill pair well with seafood. You can make a quick lunch out of water-packed tuna mixed with a basic creamy cucumber salad. Artificial crab used the same way can make a sweet and creamy lunch.

If you tire of the tuna, but still appreciate the mix of protein and herbs, give this low-calorie shrimp sandwich a try. As a bonus, it can be made from leftover cocktail shrimp and cucumber salad the day after a big picnic or potluck:

https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/recipe/shrimp-salad-sandwich-with-cucumber-and-dill/592f1a68a831fb7112f33a8b

Cucumber and dill can be used in dinners and lunches. The most common use is as a sauce. Here is a classic salmon recipe with a cucumber dill salad that doubles as a creamy sauce:

https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/grilled-salmon-with-creamy-cucumber-dill-salad.html

And for a true surprise, try this simple egg drop soup with cucumber dill salad. Ginger and sesame oil combine beautifully with the cucumber and dill:

https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/grilled-salmon-with-creamy-cucumber-dill-salad.html

Classic Pickles

Pickled cucumber in a jar

Image by Kasjan Farbisz from Pixabay

Finally, we offer a classic use of cucumber and dill: pickles! Homemade refrigerator pickles are easy to make and super tasty. They are a fun, healthy snack and accompaniment for homemade hamburgers.

With adult supervision, making refrigerator pickles can be a great activity for kids. Making their own pickles can encourage them to eat different foods and take pride in their work. These pickles make a nice gift from the kids to grandparents or babysitters.  (Just remember to keep them refrigerated and tell the recipient they’ll be good in the fridge for up to a month.)

Many refrigerator pickle recipes exist. The overall concept remains the same, however. You’ll need the same ingredients as you used for the basic cucumber dill salad, plus garlic and mason jars. (Amounts listed here are approximate.):

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Four cucumbers, sliced into pickle spears
  • Two bunches of dill
  • Two cloves of garlic
  • Mason jars

To make the pickles, put the cucumbers upright in the jar and stuff the garlic and dill in with them. Boil everything else up on the stove. Let the mixture cool, then pour it into the jar. Close the jar up tight and place it in the refrigerator for three days. After three days, unscrew the lid and enjoy your pickles!

Check out these refrigerator pickle recipes for more variations:
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/233542/refrigerator-dill-pickles/
https://www.pinchmeimeating.com/refrigerator-dill-pickles/
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/22653/homemade-refrigerator-pickles/

Conclusion

If you’re dieting, cucumber dill salad should be at the top of your foods list. It’s low-calorie, filling, and—if you don’t remove the peel and seeds—full of nutrients. Even if you’re not a diet, cucumber dill salad is an easy recipe you can expand and customize for a quick potluck side- dish, a healthy lunch, or a special dinner. Give this versatile recipe a try!

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