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Dad’s Creamy Cucumber Salad

Dad’s Creamy Cucumber Salad

Dad's Refreshing Creamy Cucumber Salad: A Summertime Delight

This recipe is a classic for a reason! Dad's Creamy Cucumber Salad is a simple and refreshing side dish perfect for barbecues, potlucks, or a light summer lunch.

The key to this salad lies in its creamy dressing and crisp cucumbers. This recipe delivers a perfect balance of coolness and tang, making it a crowd-pleaser at any gathering.

Ingredients:

  • The Refreshing Crunch:

    • 2 large cucumbers (peeled and thinly sliced) – English or regular cucumbers work well
    • 1 sweet onion (thinly sliced) – adds a subtle sweetness and bite
  • The Flavor Boosters:

    • 1 tablespoon sea salt (draws out moisture from the cucumbers for a crispier texture)
    • 1 ½ cups mayonnaise (use full-fat for a richer flavor, or adjust to your preference)
    • 2 tablespoons vinegar (white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar are both good options)
    • 1 tablespoon white sugar (balances the tang of the vinegar)
    • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed (adds a fresh, herbaceous flavor)
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (a hint of garlic without the chopping)
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (for a touch of warmth)

Instructions:

  1. Salting the Cucumbers: In a large bowl, combine the sliced cucumbers and sweet onion. Sprinkle the 1 tablespoon of sea salt over the vegetables and toss to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for 30 minutes. This process helps draw out excess moisture from the cucumbers, resulting in a crispier salad.

  2. Draining the Mixture: After 30 minutes, transfer the cucumber mixture to a colander set over a bowl or sink. Let it drain for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. This ensures the salad won't be watery.

  3. Creating the Creamy Dressing: In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, dried dill weed, garlic powder, and black pepper until smooth and creamy.

  4. Bringing it Together: Transfer the drained cucumber mixture to a large bowl. Pour the creamy dressing over the cucumbers and onions, and stir gently to coat all the vegetables evenly.

  5. Chilling for Perfection: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the salad for at least 2 hours, or ideally overnight. This allows the flavors to meld and the cucumbers to absorb the dressing for a delicious and refreshing taste.

  6. Serving Up Summer: Serve Dad's Creamy Cucumber Salad chilled alongside your favorite grilled dishes, fried chicken, or enjoy it on its own for a light and satisfying lunch.

Tips:

  • For a creamier salad, add an extra ¼ cup of mayonnaise to the dressing.
  • If you prefer a stronger garlic flavor, use ½ teaspoon of minced fresh garlic instead of garlic powder.
  • Leftover salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The flavor will continue to develop over time, so don't be afraid to make a big batch!

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