Creamy, crunchy, cool, and loaded with flavor, this easy peasy salad is a must-try on hot days! This Creamy Keto Cucumber Salad with Dill is perfect with so many dishes, or just on its own! Hungry? Read on and I, Chef Jenn, will show you all my tips and tricks to make this amazingly refreshing salad turn out perfectly every time!
Cucumbers are everywhere these days, and making this easy Creamy Keto Cucumber Salad with Dill is the perfect use of them! Just be sure to make enough for everybody, because this salad is going to disappear quickly!
I’ve been making this salad since forever. I grew up eating it, and once I started cooking professionally, I tweaked it to get it just right. Now, it’s perfect, and after a bite, I think you’ll agree!
What You Need to Make This Keto Cucumber Salad with Dill
- A vegetable peeler
- A strainer
- Cucumbers – see my notes below on which cucumbers work best
- Sour cream
What Kind of Cucumbers Should I Use?
English cucumbers are my favorite for this recipe. These are the long, slim cucumbers that are most often shrink-wrapped in plastic.
English cucumbers are perfect for this recipe because their skin is edible. Not only does the skin add incredible flavor and fiber, but it adds a lovely pop of color, too.
But, you can use any kind of cucumber. If you’re using waxy cucumbers, you’ll need to peel them first. The seeds are also not pleasant to eat, so you’ll have to be careful you don’t get any seeds caught up in your salad.
How To Make This Low Carb Cucumber Salad
- Wash your cucumber and cut off the ends.
- Start peeling your cucumber. You want long, thin strands of cucumber and the best tool for this job is a vegetable peeler! Just start peeling it, going all the way down to the center seeds. Keep turning the cucumber so you get the whole thing peeled.
- Pop the long, thin cucumber strands into a strainer. Add 1/2 tbsp of salt and mix the salt in thoroughly. Don’t worry! The salt is going to drain out – you’ll see. The salt simply pulls excess liquid from the cucumbers so your salad isn’t too watery.
- Let the salted cucumbers sit for about 40 minutes over a bowl. Discard the liquid.
- Using super-clean hands, lightly squeeze the cucumbers one handful at a time, to remove excess liquid.
- Mix the squeezed cucumbers with the sour cream and dill and serve!
Chef Jenn’s Tips
- Salt is essential to this keto cucumber salad with sour cream recipe, to draw out excess liquid from the cucumbers. Most of the salt will drain off but don’t add more salt to the finished recipe unil you’ve tasted it.
- Use a full-fat sour cream for this recipe to keep your fat macros up!
- Fresh dill is perfect in this recipe, but you can use 1/2 tbsp of dried dill instead if that’s all you’ve got.
- Add some thinly sliced sweet onion to this recipe for even more flavor.
How To Serve This Keto Cucumber Salad with Dill
Anything off the grill is going to be tastier with a side of this amazing creamy cucumber salad recipe, but I also love it with pan-seared chops, Bacon-Wrapped Pork, and smoked meatloaf. It’s also a lovely addition to spicier fare like Instant Pot goat curry.
Frequently Asked Questions
Heck yes! Cucumbers are a great pick when on a keto diet. Not only are they loaded with nutrition and have a great flavor, but they’re low in carbs so they’re perfect in salads, snacking, and more!
Sure! Skip the dill and try this salad with fresh or dried parsely, chives, or whatever herbs tickle your fancy!
I’ve never tested this recipe with mayonnaise, which is the most likey dairy-free substitution. You could try it – let me know how it turns out!
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Step By Step Process To Make Creamy Keto Cucumber Salad With Dill
Creamy Keto Cucumber Salad with Dill
- 1 English cucumber
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 2 tbsp sour cream
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill or 1/2 tbsp dried dill
- Wash the English cucumber and snip off the ends.
- Using your vegetable peeler, peel long, thin strips of cucumber, turning the cucumber around as you peel to get even strands. Peel it all the way down to the seed area in the middle.
- Put the cucumber strands into a strainer and toss with the salt. Let it sit over a bowl to drain for about 40 minutes. Discard the liquid.
- Lightly squeeze the drained cucumber, to remove excess liquid.
- Toss the cucumbers with sour cream and dill and serve!
A Note on Nutritional Information
Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed. Erythritol carbs (sugar substitutes) are not included in the carbohydrate counts as they have been shown not to impact blood sugar, and they have zero calories and zero carbs. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
More Easy Keto Recipes?
Want even more deliciousness? Go Italian with this meaty and cheesy dish, or pick a deli classic for breakfast. There can be more on the menu if you’re keto, like this veggie-packed soup, or opt for one of these keto soups and chowders.