Dad's Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe

This was my Dad's recipe and one of our family's all-time summer favorites.

2 large cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced

1 sweet onion, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon sea salt

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise, or more to taste

2 tablespoons vinegar

1 tablespoon white sugar

1 teaspoon dried dill weed

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon ground black pepper


① Mix cucumbers, sweet onion, and sea salt together in a bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 30 minutes.
② Turn cucumber mixture into a colander set over a bowl or in a sink; let drain, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has drained, about 30 minutes more. Transfer drained cucumber mixture to a large bowl.
③ Stir mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, dill, garlic powder, and black pepper together in a bowl with a whisk until smooth; pour over the cucumber mixture and stir to coat vegetables with the dressing.
④ Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 320calories;32.9g fat;6.9g carbohydrates;1.1g protein;16mg cholesterol;897mg sodium.


  • Posted: 08/31/2018 19:25


    I'm the person who submitted this recipe and I appreciate all the feedback, both positive and negative. I use the largest cukes I can find and use the full tablespoon of sea salt because \"water follows salt\" (think \"Osmosis\"). Adding salt to cukes, zucchini, etc. will help dry them out. You most certainly can decrease the amount to suit your taste but as the majority of reviewers mentioned: you MUST drain the cukes thoroughly or you'll end up with a runny mess. I like the idea of using a salad spinner (an item I don't have) but I have to rely on time and patience when I make this (or squeezing by hand if I'm in a hurry and they're still too wet after 30 minutes). I'm glad that most of you have enjoyed this recipe, and I also enjoyed seeing some of the twists on it.