Here are Two Easy Cucumber Salads that everyone loves! One is a tangy vinegar-based salad and the other a velvety sour cream-based salad. Read on for the recipes and don’t forget to Like, Comment & Share.
Two Easy Cucumber Salads
There are a few common ingredients for these two cucumber salads – cucumbers, vinegar, dill and chives. But each has ingredients which deliver a unique spin. Crispy Cucumbers in Dill Dressing incorporates wedges of tomato and a tart, vinegar-based dressing. While the original recipe calls for red onion, I swap that out for snipped chives. However, if you’re a red onion fan, do give that a try. This salad was the side dish for a meal featuring pulled pork sandwiches, at our friends cabin.
Our dear friend Tracey gave us some heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers from her garden. I used the delicious tomatoes in multiple Caprese salads. The cucumbers were transformed into Sour Cream Cucumbers. This salad uses a unique technique – salting sliced cucumbers and letting them rest for 30 minutes. This process draws out the moisture and softens the texture. Once you stir the cucumbers into the sour cream and chill for a bit, it creates a wonderful velvety dressing.
Nostalgic Food Feelings
Sour Cream Cucumbers are a great nostalgic recipe which originates from my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. Since this cook book was initially published in 1930, I suppose that’s no surprise. I could just picture this homey salad on the table at a church supper, next to the baked chicken and mashed potatoes. If you relate to the memory of church suppers, you should read this great little commentary by Garrison Keillor. I shared this link previously on Facebook, but encourage those (of similar age) that haven’t seen it, to savor this heart warming reminisce – May the old America the one I love endure
Cucumber Salad Pairings
As you ponder ways to to pair these salads with other summer dishes, consider these ideas:
- Pair Crispy Cucumbers in Dill Dressing with grilled chicken, fish or burgers. You could also use this salad as a topping for tacos.
- Pair Sour Cream Cucumbers with any dish that has some heat, for a cooling contrast. A few suggestions include BBQ or spicy sausages.