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Keto Cucumber Salad

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This easy Keto Cucumber Salad recipe with creamy dill lemon dressing is perfect as a summer keto side dish to barbecue.

Plus, this low-carb cucumber salad keto recipe is gluten-free and contains a dairy-free, vegan option!

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Is Cucumber Salad Keto?

While cucumber is a very low-carb keto-friendly vegetable, most cucumber salad recipes are not keto-friendly.

The issue with authentic cucumber salad with vinegar dressing is the amount of added sugar.

In fact, the vinegar dressing of a classic cucumber salad is made of one cup of vinegar with 1/2 cup of sugar!

That’s a tremendous amount of carbs added to your salad, and it’s basically like eating a teaspoon of sugar and not a salad!

How To Make Keto Cucumber Salad

Luckily, there is nothing easier than making a keto creamy cucumber salad at home. Of course, you can also make a keto cucumber salad with vinegar dressing, but I prefer the creamy version, much more filling and rich.

Ingredients

To make this easy low-carb cucumber salad recipe, you need:

  • English cucumbers – these are the best to make cucumber salad. At the store, they look like long, thin cucumbers often sold wrapped in plastic. They are the best for cucumber salad because they are seedless and have a sweet and mild flavor. You don’t have to scoop out the center of an English cucumber for salad, some people do, but another option to prevent the cucumber slices from diluting the recipe dressing with excess water is to pre-sweat them in salt!
  • Salt – as mentioned before, it’s to remove the water from the cucumbers.
  • Sour cream – you can also use plain Greek yogurt to lighten up the recipe or use dairy-free yogurt for a vegan keto salad. Sour cream is a keto-friendly dairy product.
  • Mayonnaise- I used avocado oil mayonnaise as a healthy option. You can use egg-free mayonnaise if needed.
  • Dijon mustard
  • Fresh Dill
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice – read how to squeeze lemon juice easily.
  • Garlic clove
  • Pepper – I like to use ground black pepper.

Preparing the cucumber

First, cut the ends of each English cucumber and discard them.

Should I peel the cucumber for the salad?

Now, the first question, should I peel a cucumber for a salad? Well, that absolutely depends on your taste buds.

For a crunchier salad, keep the skin on or half-peel the cucumbers. But for a softer, melt-in-your-mouth cucumber slice, peel off the cucumber entirely.

Another reason why some recipes peel off the cucumbers is that some people find the cucumber skin difficult to digest.

Slicing thinly

You can use a mandolin or a sharp knife to slice the cucumbers into thin 1/4-inch (2 mm) thick slices.

You can cut round slices or precut the cucumber halfway lengthwise and cut cucumber moons – half circles.

Sweating the cucumbers

Cucumber is made at 95% of water, and it tends to release water into salad or zucchini casserole recipes.

The result of this water is a runny salad dressing, it bogs down the salad, and it’s not as tasty.

So to avoid that, place the slices of cucumber in a bowl and toss with salt.

Set aside for 15 minutes until water drops appear on the surface of the cucumber slices.

Meanwhile, prepare the cucumber salad dressing.

How to make keto cucumber salad

Cucumber salad dressing

In a mixing bowl, whisk sour cream, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, erythritol, lemon juice, crushed garlic, pepper, and finely chopped fresh dill.

Assembling the cucumber salad

First, pat dry cucumber with an absorbent paper towel, then toss the salad with the sour cream dressing.

Refrigerate the salad for 1 hour before serving to enhance flavor.

Adjust with salt and pepper if needed.

Keto Creamy Cucumber Salad

Serving Cucumber Salad

There are many ways to serve this salad.

This cucumber salad with sour cream dressing is a delicious side dish to serve on a keto diet as a side to perfectly cooked grilled steak or seafood.

You can also serve it with chicken with some of these recipes:

It’s a pleasant summer salad for everyone, keto eaters or not, that is also gluten-free and perfect for summer BBQ gatherings.

You can also use this salad to make a keto vegetarian sandwich, served between two slices of keto bread.

Nutrition Information

One serving of keto cucumber salad contains 4.2 grams of net carbs.

Jump to the recipe card for the full nutrition panel of this keto salad recipe.

Storage Instructions

You can store your low carb cucumber salad for up to four days in the refrigerator.

One option to keep it perfectly is to store the sliced cucumber and the dressing in different containers.

I don’t recommend freezing it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Cucumber Ok for Keto?

Yes, cucumber is a low-carb vegetable. One serving of this cucumber salad brings just about 4 grams of net carbs.

Can I add onion to keto cucumber salad?

You can add thinly sliced red onion to make a cucumber onion salad keto recipe. But watch out with red onion.
They are high in carbs, so don’t overdo it and keep the add-on to 1/4 -1/3 cup per salad.

Can I Add Tomatoes To the Cucumber Salad?

Yes, you can add a few slices. It will slightly increase the number of carbs, but it’ll be delicious.

Should I Add Olive Oil?

There’s no need for olive oil in this creamy cucumber salad.

How many carbs are in cucumber salad?

A classic cucumber salad might contain up to 10 grams of net carbs per serving as they are often made with maple syrup.
This cucumber salad only contains 4 grams of carbs!

Keto Cucumber Salad

Have you made this creamy cucumber salad recipe? Share a comment or review below to let me know if you enjoy it!

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Keto Cucumber Salad

4.2gNet Carbs
An easy keto summer salad with crunchy cucumber slices and creamy sour cream dill lemon dressing.
Prep: 25 mins
Total: 25 mins
Yield: 6 servings (1/3 cup)
Serving Size: 1 serving

Nutrition

Net Carbs 4.2g
Fat 9.2g
Protein 1.2g
Calories 102.3kcal
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Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Peel the cucumbers entirely or partially, depending on your taste. The cucumber skin adds more texture but can also be difficult to digest. Discard the cucumber ends.
  • Slice cucumber into skinny slices of 1/4 inches thickness. Sprinkle salt and toss to combine. Let the cucumber slices 'sweat' for 15-20 minutes.
  • Drain liquids and pat dry slices with absorbent paper. Set aside in a salad bowl, in the fridge.
  • In another bowl, whisk in the dressing ingredients.
  • Pour dressing onto the cucumber slices and toss to combine evenly.
  • Refrigerate the salad 1 hour before serving to blend the flavors.

Storage

  • Store up to 4 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
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Nutrition Facts
Keto Cucumber Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 102.3 Calories from Fat 83
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.2g14%
Saturated Fat 3.1g19%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.2g
Cholesterol 12.9mg4%
Sodium 266.3mg12%
Potassium 197.3mg6%
Carbohydrates 4.8g2%
Fiber 0.6g3%
Sugar 2.5g3%
Protein 1.2g2%
Net Carbs 4.2g
Vitamin A 381.5IU8%
Vitamin B12 0.1µg2%
Vitamin C 6.6mg8%
Vitamin D 0.1µg1%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 0.5mg3%
Magnesium 16.9mg4%
Zinc 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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