Cool down with this easy & refreshing cucumber salad recipe featuring fresh dill. Perfect summer side dish ready in minutes!

Beat the summer heat with this easy and refreshing cucumber salad recipe, bursting with the bright flavor of fresh dill. Ready in just minutes, this simple side dish is the perfect complement to grilled meats, fish, or a light lunch on its own.

Crisp cucumbers, tangy vinegar, and fragrant dill come together to create a symphony of flavors that will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied. So grab some fresh cucumbers from your garden or the grocery store and let’s get started on this delicious dish!

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Refreshing Cucumber Salad with Dill: A Farm-to-Table Delight

I love the ease and fresh flavors of summer meals, don’t you? It’s a great time of year for cooking because ingredients are fresh and available at both the market and in the garden. There’s something incredibly satisfying about walking into your garden, picking fresh ingredients, and turning them into a delicious dish.

Since I grow vegetables, fruits and herbs in my gardens, I love to make meals where I can harvest the produce. One of my favorite vegetables to grow is cucumbers. The plants produce in abundance so I’m always looking for ways to use them in recipes.

This refreshing cucumber salad with dill is one of my favorite recipes, especially during the summer months. It’s light, crisp, and bursting with flavor, making it a perfect farm-to-table dish.

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Ingredients Needed to Make Cucumber Dill Salad

If you aren’t growing your own veggies and herbs, pick up fresh vegetables and herbs from your local farm stand or market. While you can make this fresh dill salad anytime of year, I think it tastes best when the ingredients are in season, which is typically during the summer.

As an aside, I love this dish because it goes so well with any main course protein, especially if you are grilling. This recipe is so light, creamy, and refreshing that it balances out smoky or heavier grilled flavors.

  • 2 Large Cucumbers Peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 Onion Halved and Sliced Thin, red for strong onion flavor or sweet for softer flavor
  • ½ Cup Mayonaise
  • ⅛ Cup Fresh Dill chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Optional: splash of vinegar for a little zing

I’ve made this recipe using sweet onions and red onions. If you prefer a dish with strong onion flavor or want it to have a little more color, go with the red onions. While I make it both ways, I prefer the soft onion flavor of the sweet onions.

If you try both, let me know what you think!

A cucumber hangs on a vine among large green leaves and yellow flowers in a garden. The growing cucumbers appear fresh and ripe, with small bumps on their skin. The surrounding foliage is lush and healthy.

Making Cucumber Salad With Dill: Step-by-Step Directions

  • Peel and slice cucumbers thin. Add to a large bowl.
  • Cut onion in half and slice thin. Add to bowl with cucumbers.
  • Add mayo.
  • Chop and dice dill. Add to bowl.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Put it in the fridge for at least an hour to let the flavors meld.
  • Optional: If you want a little extra zing, add a splash of vinegar.

As an aside, if you want to get the most evenly sliced cucumbers, you’ve got to try using this vegetable slicer. It’s a staple in my kitchen for slicing, dicing, chopping, and spiralizing fresh veggies.

Cucumber Salad With Dill Variations and Additions

This dill salad recipe is super accommodating if you want to change things up. You can easily tweak it to add what you like. Here are some ideas.

  • Tomatoes: Add cherry tomatoes for a pop of color and sweetness.
  • Cheese: Crumbled feta or goat cheese can add a delightful tang.
  • Yogurt: Substitute mayonnaise with Greek yogurt for a lighter, tangier version.
  • Herbs: Experiment with other herbs like parsley or chives for a different twist.

Easy Cucumber Salad Serving Suggestions

This cucumber salad is incredibly versatile. It’s perfect for BBQs, picnics, or as a side dish for family dinners. It pairs wonderfully with grilled meats, sandwiches, or even on its own as a light snack. My family loves this dish and I can never make enough to satisfy their cucumber craving.

Nutritional Information for Healthy Cucumber Salad

Cucumbers are low in calories but high in many important vitamins and minerals. They’re also high in water content, making this salad hydrating and refreshing. Dill not only adds flavor but also contains antioxidants.

Gardening Tips for Growing Ingredients

  • Cucumbers: They thrive in warm weather (summer) in full sun and well draining soil. Make sure to water the base of plants in the earlier part of the day. Read this article to learn more about growing cucumbers in your kitchen garden.
  • Dill: This herb is easy to grow! It also prefers full sun and well draining soil. It can be grown in pots or directly in the ground. Keep in mind it is a cool-season annual herb that will peter out in the heat of summer so plan to grow it more in spring and fall. I usually let mine go to seed and flower so the pollinators and beneficial insects flock to my garden.
Close-up of a blooming dill plant with its delicate, yellow flower clusters and thin, feathery leaves. The bright green foliage in the background suggests a lush garden setting. Sunlight highlights the intricate details of the dill flowers, which attract beneficial insects for organic pest control.
Dill that has gone to seed and flowered

Homemade Cucumber Salad Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When it comes to making a delicious cucumber salad with dill, there are a few common questions that often come up. Here are some answers to help you make the best salad possible.

How long does cucumber salad with dill last in the fridge?

Cucumber salad with dill can last up to 3 days in the refrigerator. For the best flavor, store it in an airtight container to keep it fresh.

Can I make cucumber salad with dill ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this salad a few hours or even a day ahead. In fact, letting it sit in the fridge for a few hours helps the flavors meld together, making it even more delicious. I think it tastes even better the next day, if you have any leftover, that is!

What’s the best type of cucumber to use?

English or Persian cucumbers are ideal because they have fewer seeds and a crisper texture. However, regular garden cucumbers work well too, especially if they are fresh. Honestly, I make this recipe with whatever cucumbers I’m growing that year.

How can I make my cucumber salad less watery?

To prevent a watery salad, sprinkle the cucumber slices with salt and let them sit for about 30 minutes. This draws out excess water. Rinse and pat them dry before mixing with other ingredients.

Can I use dried dill instead of fresh dill?

Yes, you can substitute dried dill if fresh isn’t available. Use about one-third the amount of dried dill since it is more concentrated in flavor.

What can I use instead of mayonnaise?

For a lighter version, you can substitute mayonnaise with Greek yogurt or a mix of yogurt and a small amount of olive oil. This gives a tangy flavor and creamy texture without the extra calories.

Is this salad vegan-friendly?

The traditional recipe uses mayonnaise, but you can easily make it vegan by using a plant-based mayonnaise or yogurt.

How do I keep cucumbers crunchy in the salad?

To keep cucumbers crunchy, ensure they are fresh and firm before slicing. Also, serving the salad soon after preparing helps maintain the crunchiness.

I hope these answers help you create a perfect cucumber salad with dill! If you have any more questions, feel free to leave a comment below.

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Cucumber Salad with Dill

Final Thoughts About Making This Cucumber Salad With Dill Recipe

This refreshing cucumber salad with dill is a celebration of fresh, home-grown ingredients. Give it a try, and I promise it will become a staple in your summer recipe rotation.

I’d love to hear your variations and tips! Share your experiences in the comments below. Don’t forget to follow me on social media for more garden-to-table recipes and gardening tips.

Enjoy this delightful farm-to-table dish! Happy gardening and happy eating!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Enjoy your day! xoxo

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A close-up of a cucumber dill salad mixed with red onion slices, coated in a creamy dill dressing. The cucumbers are thinly sliced, and the salad appears fresh and appetizing with visible sprigs of fresh dill. The dish is presented in a white serving bowl.

Easy & Refreshing Cucumber Salad With Dill Recipe

Stacy Ling
Cool down with this easy & refreshing cucumber salad recipe featuring fresh dill. Perfect summer side dish ready in minutes!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 16 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 153 kcal



  • Peel and slice cucumbers thin. Add to large bowl.
    A kitchen counter with a white cutting board holding sliced cucumbers and a knife. The background features cans of green tea.
  • Cut onion in half and slice thin. Add to bowl with cucumbers.
  • Add mayo.
    A bowl of creamy cucumber and onion salad sits invitingly. This cucumber salad with dill recipe features sliced cucumbers and onions mixed with a rich, creamy dressing, and garnished with fresh dill. A metal spoon rests in the bowl, while salt and pepper shakers are visible in the background.
  • Chop and dice dill. Add to bowl.
    A bundle of fresh dill lies on a white cutting board next to a large chef's knife. The dill's bright green leaves and the shiny blade of the knife create a contrast against the white surface.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Put in fridge for at least an hour to let flavors meld.
    A close-up view of a creamy cucumber salad mixed with red onion slices and sprinkled with dill, offering a fresh and appetizing presentation. This cucumber salad with dill recipe is coated evenly with a creamy dressing, making it irresistibly delightful.
  • Optional: If you want to add a little zing, add a splash of vinegar.


This recipe can be made well ahead of time and tastes even better the next day.


Serving: 1gramsCalories: 153kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 169mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3g
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  1. Oh yum, Stacy. This looks delish! I love cucumber salads and will be making this later this summer with the cucumbers from my garden. Pinned!Jen

  2. This looks so good! I can’t wait to try it as soon as my cucumbers are ready. I also have dill and green onions, so it will be fun to make this recipe using everything from my garden!

  3. Stacy,
    This is just perfect for summer. I hope to have plenty of cucumbers from my garden to use in this dish.

    1. It’s such a good recipe for a garden harvest! I always have more cucs than I know what to do with! xo

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  5. Your new raised beds look so nice. I love cucumber salad but I make it with just vinegar. I’ve printed out your recipe. As soon as I have some fresh from my garden, I’m going to try it. It looks so yummy!

    1. Thank you so much Lynn! I’ve not tried it with vinegar before. Do you use a balsamic? I love balsamic vinegar! xo

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  9. Stacy, thanks for this recipe as I love cucumbers and I’ve been looking for a salad recipe like this. Can’t wait to try it!

  10. Sounds yummy.
    Buuut, cucumbers are full of water, so after slicing, I always drain the cukes in a sieve for at least 1/2 hour so they do not dilute the dressing.
    I really enjoy your poss.

  11. Stacy, I know you are having fun in Haven, but I am making the cucumber salad and thinking of you. I altered it a bit but adding nonfat yogurt to make up 1/2 of the mayo (so 1/4 cup each). It is delicious and better yet is the juice/dressing which I used later on a salad. Very yummy! Thanks for sharing

    1. Oh Mary that sounds so good! I am so glad you tried it! Haven was so fun! I got to meet Chas and would love to see you guys sometime!!! How fun would that be?