The Cool Cucumber: the perfect (easy) side dish

Today I’m paying homage to my maternal Hungarian roots. Living in San Antonio has meant that I’ve adopted quite a few flavors and recipes from my husband’s Hispanic heritage. But, today we go back to the Ohio Valley where my mom’s family settled and bring forward a delicious, easy, and oh-so-cool cucumber salad that is the PERFECT accompaniment to almost any cooked meat.

Usually when I do a cucumber salad I’m putting on a vinaigrette and my family loves it that way. Even Will, my I-won’t-eat-hardly-any-vegetables, loves the mild flavor of cucumbers and he was a big fan of this dish, too.

Traditionally this recipe calls entirely for sour cream but I updated it a little bit by using plain Greek yogurt. I know! SURPRISE! Of course I didn’t tell anyone at the table that it had plain yogurt because. . .well, a chef has to have some secrets.

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The Cool Cucumber Side Dish


  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt (you could also just use regular yogurt)
  • 2 tsp sugar (you could use one more tsp if you wanted it a little sweeter)
  • 3 TB apple cider vinegar
  • thinly sliced sweet onion to taste
  • 3 peeled and thinly sliced cucumbers
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: minced garlic


  • Whisk together sour cream, yogurt, sugar and vinegar. Pour over cucumbers and onions. Chill (some recipes I consulted had you chilling this dish for at least a few hours but I think mine chilled for about ½ hour because I'm almost always preparing dinner on the fly!)

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