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Creamy Keto Cucumber Salad is a Refreshing Summer Favourite

Creamy cucumber salad is a refreshing addition to your summer gatherings. Thin slices of summer cucumber, zest red onions, and fresh summer dill in a creamy homemade dressing that’s both light and refreshing. A perfect low carb, vegetarian side dish for picnics, BBQs, or family dinners. Ready in minutes, it’s a delightful way to enjoy fresh flavors without the hassle

Keto cucumber salad on a fork in a bowl, garnished with fresh dill.

Only 4g net carbs per serving, makes this hassle free summer salad ideal for busy weeknights, and summer parties. 

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This easy side dish is perfect when your summer cucumbers are at their prime. Home grown cucumbers are the sweetest, crunchiest, and most fresh tasting you will ever have. What better way to celebrate a successful summer garden than with this undeniably delicious cucumber salad in a simple homemade dressing. 

A forkful of cucumber salad in a large white bowl.

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Creamy Keto Cucumber Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 120 kcal
Net Carbs 4.1 g
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Creamy cucumber salad is a refreshing addition to your summer gatherings. Thin slices of summer cucumber, zest red onions, and fresh summer dill in a creamy homemade dressing that’s both light and refreshing. A perfect low carb, vegetarian side dish for picnics, BBQs, or family dinners. Ready in minutes, it's a delightful way to enjoy fresh flavors without the hassle.

IMPORTANT – There are often Frequently Asked Questions within the blog post that you may find helpful. Simply scroll back up to read them!

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Equipment

  • salad bowl
  • Cutting board
  • Knife

Ingredients
 
 

  • 5 cups cucumber (1 large, or 2 medium) thinly sliced
  • 1 small red or white onion thinly sliced

Dressing

  • cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons dill, fresh chopped
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, fresh chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Stripe the cucumber (Optional). Use a vegetable peeler, cheese slicer, or sharp knife to peel a stripe of skin off the cucumber from end to end. Rotate the cucumber and take another long slice of peel off leave a finger with gap of skin remaining between the slices. You should be left with a stripe cucumber with alternating strips of peel and no peel.
    5 cups cucumber (1 large, or 2 medium)
  • Slice the cucumber very thin. Remove the tip and tail of each cucumber. Use a large knife, cheese slices, or mandolin to take very thin cross sectional slices of cucumber. Slice the onion into thin quarter slices and add everything to a large salad bowl. Place in a large salad bowl with
    1 small red or white onion

Creamy Dill Dressing

  • Prepare the dressing. Add the mayo, sour cream, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, dill, and parsley to a small bowl and combine well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. For best result allow the dressing to sit for at least 10 minutes, or place covered in the fridge overnight.
    I like to make the dressing separately so I can choose how much I want to add but you can make it right in the salad bowl.
    ⅓ cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup sour cream, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 clove garlic, 3 tablespoons dill, fresh, 2 tablespoons parsley, fresh, salt & pepper
  • Dress the salad. Add desired amount of dressing to the salad bowl and toss to coat the cucumber and onions. Any leftover dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to a week and used as a general salad dressing or dip.
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Notes

Cucumbers vary in size so you may need more or less. I generally very large cucumber (400-500g) 10"-12" in length or 2 medium cucumbers 6"-8" in length. 
The amount of dressing in the recipe will liberally coat 5-6 cups of sliced cucumber 
This creamy keto cucumber salad is a must try summer side dish recipe ready in 10 minutes or less! Share on X
This low carb summer salad recipe is inspired by the German cucumber salad. 

Nutrition

Calories: 120kcalCarbohydrates: 5.7gProtein: 1.3gFat: 10gSodium: 200mgPotassium: 190mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 2.5gVitamin C: 8.31mgCalcium: 38mgSugar Alcohols: 0.12gNet Carbs: 4.1g

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Keywords: cucumber, Desi Keto, low carb, salad, side dish, summer, summer salad
Thin slices of fresh cucumber in a white bowl with a drizzle of low carb dill dressing.

What To Serve With Cucumber Salad

This quick cucumber salad is a healthy low carb side dish you can whip together quickly while the rest of dinner is on the BBQ. 

Serve this summer salad with any of your favourite grilled proteins like chicken, steak, pork, or fish. Or bring to a summer party as a healthy and refreshing side dish that everyone will enjoy!

This recipe also pairs very well with spicy food like chicken curry or kebab. The creamy refreshing dressing offsets the spice and can be a nice palate cleanser between bites. 

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quick tips for mastering this recipe

  • Use fresh ripe cucumber – Cucumber is the star of this dish and the fresher the better. If you are a home gardener like me looking for a way to use some of your summer harvest, this recipe is a great way to highlight your hard work and growing prowess.
  • Slice the cucumber very thin – Instead of leafy greens, this salad uses thin slices of cucumber. The thinner the better. Use a vegetable peeler, cheese slices, or a mandolin for thin consistent slices, or show off your knife skills and make smooth thin slices. 
  • Let the dressing sit – The creamy dressing for this recipe tastes way better when it has time to sit. This allows the flavour of the fresh dill to build and infuse. Let it sit at least 10 minute before dressing the salad, but you can even make the dressing the night before and store in the fridge.
  • Dress right before serving – To keep the cucumber fresh and crunchy, add the dressing to the salad right before serving. If you are making the salad ahead of time for a party, BBQ, packed work lunch, or picnic, store the salad and dressing separately and combine right before you enjoy it. 
keto cucumber salad on a fork in a white bowl.

Leftovers, Meal Prep, and Storage Tips

This recipe can be made a day in advance for parties, potluck, or for a healthy packed work lunch. 

If you know you are making this ahead of time, keep the dressing and salad in separate containers in the fridge. Combine and toss the salad in the dressing right before serving to keep everything fresh and crisp. 

Once this salad is dressed, it does not make the best leftovers as the cucumber tends to get a little soggy. Because of this I like to portion and dress only the amount I will be using and store the rest separately. That aside, it will last in the fridge for 2-3 days as leftovers. 

Any leftover dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to a week and used as a general salad dressing or low carb dip.

Time To Dive In!

May this creamy cucumber salad be a refreshing addition to your summer meals. Enjoy this salad super fast, hassle free low carb side full of fresh summer flavours with friends and family this season, and if you liked this recipe I’d love the hear about it in the comments down below!

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