Creamy Cucumber Salad with Mayo

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Published: 07/03/2019 | Updated: 02/07/2024

This creamy cucumber salad with a mayo dressing is packed with fresh cucumbers, red onions, and white vinegar, and mayonnaise dressing that is super refreshing for summer salad dishes are one of my favorite summer recipes.

turquoise bowl with creamy cucumber salad with mayo

This delicious cucumber mayo sour cream salad recipe is the perfect summer side dish is a perfect combination with Asian pork burgers a perfectly grilled steak, chicken salad sandwiches, pork sandwiches in arepas, and so much more! It’s a light and refreshing picnic side dish recipe that is a perfect compliment to just about any main dish!

Packed with fresh crunchy cucumbers (I’m jealous if you’re able to grow garden cucumbers!), red onions, and a light and creamy dressing, this salad makes an appearance at our house many times each summer!

It’s even really low in carbs, so perfect if you’re looking for a keto-friendly classic side dish to take to a picnic! You can cut the carbs down even further by omitting the onions completely.

How to Make Creamy Cucumber Salad with Mayo

I use regular cucumbers for this sour cream and mayo cucumber salad recipe, but you can easily use English cucumbers too for personal preference. I like mine cut very thin with the cucumber skin left on.

If you aren’t a fan of the skin of cucumbers, feel free to peel it first! You can also cut your slices thicker or even cut them thick and then cut each slice in half again. It’s really up to you how you slice your cucumbers and won’t affect the final taste of this creamy cucumber salad with mayonnaise recipe at all!

Since I like mine really thin and uniform, I always cut them with my mandoline . It makes it go incredibly fast, and it also means I’ll get nice, even slices every time!

a mandoline on a cutting board with a sliced cucumber beside it

Directions for Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe

  1. Slice cucumber into thin slices.
  2. Slice half a large red onion into small, thin strips.
  3. In a large bowl, add Hellman’s mayo, sour cream, red wine vinegar, sugar, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Stir really well to combine.
  4. Add cucumber slices and red onions in the bowl with sauce. Toss to coat and enjoy!

glass bowl with ingredients for creamy cucumber dressing before it gets mixed

glass bowl with ingredients for creamy cucumber dressing after it gets mixed

And that’s it! Only 4 steps and less than 10 ingredients for this delicious salad that’s perfect for summer!

blue bowl with cucumber salad made with mayo and sour cream

Want to see how easy this is? Let’s start from the top!

Tips & Tricks

  • I like my Creamy Cucumber Salad, well…. creamy! I only use 3 large cucumbers, so I have lots of dressing. You can easily add 1-2 more cucumbers, though, and still, keep the dressing portions the same. This would be great to bulk it up if you’re feeding a large crowd.
  • Tomatoes would go perfectly with this salad too! Not everyone loves tomatoes as much as I do, though, so I left it out of this delicious recipe. But just know that if you’re a fellow tomato fiend, chop some cherry tomatoes up and throw them in. I’d chop them up as I show you how to do with my other tomato & cucumber salad recipe. Can you see a pattern here??
  • ‘m not the biggest fan of dill, but I’ve been told I’m wrong about that a lot. If you’re a dill lover, you can leave out the Italian Seasoning and replace it with dried dill weed instead. Or go bold and add some fresh dill weed to taste!
  • This dish is best made on the day it’s served. In fact, I only make it about an hour or so before we’re going to eat it. You can still definitely eat it after that, but it will start getting a little watery. It doesn’t stop us from chowing down the next day, though!

blue bowl with creamy cucumber salad on a wood counter with a hand towel off to the side

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blue bowl with cucumber salad made with mayo and sour cream
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Creamy Cucumber Salad

A refreshing summer side dish packed with sliced cucumbers, sliced red onions and a creamy dressing that complements it perfectly! 
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy cucumber salad recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 146kcal
Author: Natalie Dixon


  • 3 large Cucumbers
  • 1/2 large Red onion
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1.5 tsp Italian Seasoning


  • Peel and slice your cucumbers. I prefer mine sliced very thinly, but you can cut yours thicker if you prefer. 
  • Slice red onion into small, thin pieces.
  • In a large bowl, add mayo, sour cream, vinegar, sugar, garlic powder and Italian seasonings. Stir well to combine. 
  • Add sliced cucumbers and onion to bowl with dressing. Toss well to coat and then refrigerate until ready to eat. Best made within a couple hours of eating. 


This recipe has only been tested with Hellman's mayonnaise and I highly recommend that's the only brand of mayo you use!
You can substitute the red onions for sweet yellow onions if you prefer. Or leave them out completely to cut down on carbs even more!

In conclusion, these cucumber mayonnaise salad recipes are a delicious and easy side dish that is perfect for any summer gathering! This mayo creamy cucumber salad can be made ahead of time, so it’s perfect for those busy days when you don’t have much time to cook. So, next time you’re looking for a quick and easy side dish, give this sour cream mayo cucumber salad recipe a try!


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    August 4, 2020 at 10:28 am

    This was super yummy! It made a little bit too much sauce for my liking but that sauce was really tasty. Perfect complement to a sweet and spicy barbecue dinner.

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    Sandra Wendorf
    August 10, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Wowza!! This is the BEST ever cucumber salad our whole family has ever agreed on.
    I did make a couple of changes (explained below) because there were a couple of things that I didn’t have, but all in all, this is still your recipe.
    First of all, the onions….I had to use both the purple & yellow ones. At this time there is a problem with the purple ones because of some sort of contamination, & they were pulled off the shelves in the stores. But this didn’t really change the recipe; I just might keep it this way.
    The Italian Seasoning wasn’t used as I wasn’t really sure about the taste of that in there. However, our adult son asked to have it included the next time this is made. Not a problem….he picks cucumbers every day now!
    In place of the Italian Seasoning, I added 1/2 tsp. coarse ground black pepper & 1/2 tsp. of dried dill. Didn’t have any fresh dill on hand. Also may use a bit less sugar next time. Not sure how the leftovers will taste today, so will decide on this next time.
    I usually make any new reicipes exactly on the first try. There are so many people that really alter things so much that the recipe isn’t anything like it was supposed to be. Hope these minor changes don’t cause anyone to feel that these are major changes.
    Thank You, Natalie, for posting this. I’ll be returning to check out the rest of this blog.


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      August 13, 2020 at 4:11 am

      What a wonderful comment to receive, and I am thrilled that your family enjoyed it so much! I’m the same as you and usually make a recipe exactly as written on the first try, but sometimes you just have to work with what you have on-hand. I love seeing people adapting and improvising in the kitchen! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience, Sandra, and I hope you find more recipes that your family will love!

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