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Polish Cucumber Salad

A lot of people think that Polish food is just meat and potatoes, but it is also loaded with tons of fresh veggies. This Polish cucumber salad is the perfect light and refreshing side dish for any meal. It is so simple to make and with only a few ingredients!

Thinly sliced cucumbers in a strainer

One of the steps that I used to skip is letting the cucumber slices sit in some salt, so that they will release some of their water. But I don’t skip it anymore! This helps keeps the salad super creamy instead of watery. Cheesecloth is a great way to let the cucumbers drain. I just lay it over the strainer and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. It is worth the extra step, trust me on this one.

A white bowl with sliced red onion, fresh dill, cucumbers, sour cream and lemon

You want to peel the cucumbers and then slice them very thin. I use a sharp knife to do this, but you could also use a mandolin. Same goes for the red onion. For the sour cream, I used my favorite lactose free organic sour cream from Green Valley, because it is easier on my daughter’s tummy. But you can use regular sour cream too.

A hand squeezing lemon over a bowl with sliced cucumbers, fresh dill, red onion and sour cream

The fresh dill and lemon juice just really pull the salad all together. It makes it so light and refreshing. It still blows my mind that I used to dislike dill, because now I am completely obsessed. It just has such a lovely flavor that is unlike any other.

A white bowl filled with creamy cucumber salad topped with fresh dill. The bowl is sitting on a wooden cutting board with a white linen napkin beside it

Be sure to let the salad sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving. It needs that time to develop flavor and it tastes the best chilled.

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Polish Cucumber Salad

Sara
This Polish Cucumber Salad is the perfect light and fresh side dish. It is creamy, crunchy and full of flavor.
4.80 from 15 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Chill Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Polish
Servings 6 servings
Calories 64 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Cucumbers peeled & thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Dill chopped
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream we use lactose free
  • 2 tsp Salt (divided)
  • 1 Lemon

Instructions
 

  • Peel the cucumbers and slice into thin rounds. Place them in a strainer over a bowl and sprinkle with 1 tsp of salt and let sit for 5-10 minutes (this allows the cucumber to release extra water)
  • Add the thinly sliced red onion, chopped dill, juice of 1 lemon, sour cream and remaining tsp of salt into a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  • Stir in the cucumbers when they are done straining. Let chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes befoer serving

Notes

Be sure to let the salad sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving. It needs that time to develop flavor and it tastes the best chilled. 

Nutrition

Calories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 2gFat: 4gFiber: 2gSugar: 3g
Keyword clean eating, gluten free, low carb, salad
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12 Comments

  1. I remember my mother making this as a kid for every summer party. She used vinegar rather than lemon. She also soaked the cucumbers in salt water for an hr. She would drain and squeeze the liquid out and Pat dry before adding to the dressing mix.

  2. I remember my mother making this as a kid for every summer party. She used vinegar rather than lemon. She also soaked the cucumbers in salt water for an he. She would drain and squeeze the liquid out and Pat dry before adding to the dressing mix.

  3. 5 stars
    This is very good. My grandma made this at our holiday dinners growing up. I love that you use fresh lemon vs straight vinegar. She used the vinegar. It’s very refreshing. The only thing I might have done wrong was not rinse the salt. It was a bit salty. Made it for my adult daughter for the first time and she loved it. Thanks for the memories!

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