Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The other day I went to my garden and found the following...

So for dinner, we had CUCUMBER SALAD.
Something I've been eating since I was a teenager, although
I know my mom has been making it since she married my dad and
originally learned the recipe from my grandmother.

I remember she told me the story of how she went to visit my dad's family when they were
first engaged and my grandmother was preparing this salad for dinner.
My mom said that she didn't know what sour cream was,  but when 
she tasted the salad, she LOVED it and has been making this salad ever since that family visit.  


Begin by slicing your cucumbers really thin.
You can use a knife, but I like my mandolin...

Place the cucumbers in a colander and sprinkle them with salt.
Place the colander over a bowl and cover to "drain" for a few hours.
I even like to place something heavy on top to weigh them down.


The salt will draw the excess water out of the cucumbers.
After a few hours you will have THIS in the bottom of your bowl...

Now squeeze the cucumbers to get the rest of the water out of them.
You want them as dry as possible...

Prepare your dressing.


2 TBS Vinegar
2 TBS. Sour Cream
2 TBS. Mayonnaise 
1 tsp. sugar (or more if needed)

I also added chopped chives and usually add red onion, but I didn't have any this time...

Combine the ingredients...

Add the dressing to your cucumbers...

Combine and refrigerate until you're ready to serve...

Delicious and Easy.
The perfect side dish on a hot summer day...

Enjoy your day!  


  1. Yummy! I've never grown cucumbers before. I usually have them with tomatoes and vinegar :)

  2. Sounds tasty and your pickles are look perfect!!

  3. I'm definitely trying this Lois! I just pinned it. We've been getting lots of cucumbers. I'm not a big fan of them, but Luke loves them. He loves sour cream...could just sit and eat it out of the bowl. Maybe I'll enjoy them this way! Thanks for sharing! It looks pretty too!

    Have a great day!

  4. Yum! I'm on my way! ;o)

    Carmen and the Primcats

  5. Oh thank you for that recipe. I'll be giving it a whirl tonight!

  6. I have to say these I make - my mom taught me. Thanks for reminding me of her today. sandie

  7. The cucumber salad looks great. My mom used to make that. I definitely need a mandolin!

  8. Yummy!! I'll definitely have to try this! Looks good! I just scrolled down your blog and looks like LOTS of good recipes are going on! I'll for sure be back! :) Have a blessed week! :)

  9. OH! BOY! does this look cool and delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Oh your pickles look delicious! Your garden is doing exceptionally well this year!

  11. Lois, I usually fix cukes with thinly sliced onions and vinegar. Will give this recipe a try. Thanks! Your canned pickles are beautiful!

  12. Now I am going to have to break out my mandoline and try this salad it looks so good and great for a hot summer day!

  13. I am so bummed. I left my wonderful cucumbers on the vine too long and they turned yellow. I have since left them for the birds and bugs :(
    I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. Come on over and get your button and pass it along.

  14. I adore cucumber salad! I've been making this with a dressing recipe similar to yours that probably came from my mother. Yummy!

  15. Yum!
    I love cucumber salad. It's a summertime favorite.

  16. So simple! Looks delicious! Great side dish, as you said. I'll have to try this. I've loved everything I've made with your recipes.

  17. I love cucumber salad and I've never had it with sour cream. I'll have to try, it looks so good!

  18. Thanks for the follow will be glad to follow back your so creative!

  19. What a great blog love the photos too I am your newest follower!

  20. This looks like a recipe that I had when I was in Sweden...will have to give it a try to see if it is the same or not... although it is close to 20 years ago that I was there, may not even remember the taste. Thanks for sharing on FFF.

  21. This was very very good...out of the usual for us because we usually just mix with vinegar; however, I'll be doing this again!

  22. This look cool and delicious. I like it in summers. Your garden is doing exceptionally well this year!

    - Herman Swan

  23. Oh this is a great cucumber salad! Thanks for sharing and also new follower! Thank you!

  24. There is a secret to make any veggie or fruits more crispy is to add in some sugar too !! Salt and sugar are MUST add in to make pickles. Taught by my auntie !! It makes a great different ! I learn that since I was 11 years old. Thanks to my auntie.

  25. Approximately how many cukes did you use for that amount of dressing? Thanks for the recipe...sure looks good!

  26. Thanks for sharing. My mum taught us to add in some sugar while we add in some salt to make the pickle, the texture will be great different !! My mum learnt it from her sister-in-law as she found out why hers oickled mango was much better and glad that my auntie did not keep the secret and now I would like to share it with you all. Try it and you will know.

  27. I think this is the recipe I have been wanting for years and I can't wait to find out. Thank you so much for sharing!

  28. This is delicious. Thanks for sharing Lois. Pinned/shared, and will make this week.

    Thanks, Joanne