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Cucumber Salad Recipe with Dill and Garlic

This Cucumber Salad is fresh and crunchy with just the right amount of kick from garlic. Serve it this summer (or anytime!) when you want a low-fuss, easy and healthy vegetable side dish.

If you love cucumbers as much as I do, you’ll also appreciate some of my other favorite dishes like this Cucumber Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad, these cute cucumber tuna bites, and this cucumber salad with a creamy dressing. The creamy dressing alone is reason enough to make that last one…YUM!

Cucumber Salad in a blue bowl with a serving spoon.

Simple Cucumber Salad Recipe

This cucumber salad recipe is not a salad I grew up with, but rather something we learned to make when we arrived in the states, more than 18 years ago.

It’s one of my favorite side dishes to throw together, particularly in the summer when the last thing I want to do is stand over a stove and feel any more heat!

What Cucumbers Work Best in This Cucumber Salad Recipe?

The dainty and tender cocktail cucumbers are best for this recipe, but we’ve made them with the long English cucumbers as well. Any cucumber will work here, really, but baby English cucumbers are the best.

The “American” cucumbers don’t work as well. I’m talking about the thicker ones you see at the grocery store. Those ones are way less crisp, and the crunch is one of the best parts of this salad in my opinion!

What Dressing for the Cucumber Salad Recipe?

This dressing is oh-so-easy and totally addicting! You may even already have all these ingredients at home.

Simply mix together fresh chopped dill, garlic, olive oil, white distilled vinegar, salt and pepper with your cucumbers. Toss it together and enjoy! Easy.

Cucumber salad recipe being prepared with homemade dressing including dill, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Can this Cucumber Dill Salad be made ahead?

In a word, yes! This cucumber dill salad is great to make for parties since it can be made a couple of hours ahead. We typically just cut everything up, add all ingredients to a mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Then, shake the bowl to mix everything and your cucumber dill salad is ready to go!

You can also mix the cucumber dill salad together before tossing it in the fridge, but again, you’re missing out on some of the crunch. Our family prefers for it to be mixed right before eating, though.

What Goes With The Cucumber Dill Salad?

Trust me, this dish is good enough to build a meal around. The amazing thing is that these flavors are so classic that cucumber dill salad can go with almost anything! If you want a few ideas to start out with, try the salad along with:

Cucumber dill salad in a bowl with fresh dill and garlic next to it.

Tips for Making This Easy Cucumber Salad

  • Using fresh and crunchy cucumbers will work best for this recipe. If the cucumbers are a little bit on the wilted side, you can submerge them in cold water for about 30 minutes for the best crunch.
  • Use fresh dill and garlic. Do not substitute for dried, the flavor will not be the same.
  • The white vinegar can be replaced with an equal amount of lemon juice.

Ingredients for an easy cucumber salad such as cucumbers, fresh dill, garlic, herbs and olive oil.

How to make Cucumber Salad

*For detailed recipe instructions see the recipe card bottom of the post.

This recipe is super simple to throw together. Take your cucumbers, wash them well, and then cut lengthwise into four pieces. I recommend leaving the skin on for even more flavor.

Chop up the dill and garlic, and add them to the bowl with the sliced cucumbers. Then, add in the rest of the dressing ingredients. Toss to coat and create the most fragrant, crunchy and delicious cucumber salad ever!

More Side Dishes with Vegetables:

Cucumber Salad Recipe

Cucumber Dill Salad
5 from 5 votes

Cucumber Salad is a bite of summer in a bowl, it is fresh, crunchy and with just the right amount of kick from garlic, which makes it a perfect summer side dish. The Cucumber Dill Salad can be made ahead of time with no loss of flavor, which is a win-win in my book!

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cucumber salad
Calories: 94 kcal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 lb cocktail cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt (use half the amount if using table salt)
  • 2 tsp white distilled vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground


  1. Wash cucumbers and dill, then trim the ends off the cucumbers. Trim and discard the stems of the dill. 

  2. Cut the cocktail cucumbers into four, lengthwise. Then, finely chop the dill, press the garlic through a garlic press, or mince with a knife. 

  3. Combine all ingredients (cucumbers, dill, garlic, olive oil, salt, vinegar and black pepper) together and toss to coat. 

Nutrition Facts
Cucumber Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 94 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 588mg26%
Potassium 339mg10%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Vitamin C 10.5mg13%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cucumber Salad is a bite of summer in a bowl, it is fresh, crunchy and with just the right amount of kick from garlic, which makes it a perfect summer side dish. The Cucumber Dill Salad can be made ahead of time with no loss of flavor, which is a win-win in my book!

Marina | Let the Baking Begin

Welcome to Let the Baking Begin! I'm Marina and my love and passion for eating only the most delicious foods drive me to share that love here on Let the Baking Begin (since 2009). With over 20 years of experience in the kitchen, you know the recipes are tested and retested until perfect. I'm so happy to have you here. Enjoy! Read more...

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  • Bohdana Ramos

    OHMAGOODNESS!! These are delicious!! Just made these for dinner, and I’m not sure they’re going to make it.. I’ve already eaten like half the bowl. Thanks for another great, simple recipe!

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  • Ludmilla

    Have just made this salad. Delicious, but for those who didn’t like dill I have used dry mint instead. Mint I mixed with all the ingridients for dressing ahead to reduce the grittyness. At the end, everybody loved it. Thanks Marina.

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  • Natasha

    Excellent recipe!

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  • Luba

    I love these cucumbers !!!

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