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Cucumber Radish Dill salad

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Cucumber Radish Salad is an incredibly tasty salad full of fresh tastes. With slices of radishes, cucumbers, and red onions for a cucumber radish salad BURSTING with refreshing flavors and zero guilt. 

Looking for an amazing anytime salad full of fresh ingredients? Try slices of radishes, cucumbers, and red onions for a cucumber radish salad BURSTING with refreshing flavors and zero guilt.

piles of radish and cucumbers in a bowl.

Personally, I have an obsession with salads – I love the beautiful flavors, colors…ease of making them. But recently, I realized, for a side dish blog, I have very few radish side dishes here. And the whole irony is that there is radish in the logo (so cute, right?).

This Radish salad summer side dish recipe will remedy that, and the added bonus is that I get to eat it when I am done! Just look at those chunky cucumbers, and radishes all smothered with fresh herbs………wow.

Why you will love making this side salad. 

Uncommon vegetables: Radishes are not a common veggie to just consider when you go to the store. They can be spicy to some, peppery almost, and are so unique.

Radishes also give such a nice crunch in a salad and are easy just to eat as finger food with vegetable dip on a holiday platter, so while widely ignored, they are an amazing and unique vegetable option.

Quick to make: Totally light and easy, this salad is done in mere minutes with only the prep of the vegetables taking most of the time.

Let the vegetables shine: This particular recipe isn’t creamy – it’s made with homemade dressing but without the dairy like our other creamy cucumber salad has.

This allows the light, crisp taste of cucumber to be the show’s star. However, if you want a creamy-based dressing, we have that version below too!

Simple Salad Ingredients

Here is a grocery list (ingredient list) to see if you have everything on hand. If so, proceed through the instructions and learn how to make this awesome and refreshing spring salad!

  • English cucumbers– quartered English cucumber pieces.
  • Radishes– sliced thin, so not too overpowerful.
  • Red onion– red onion can be particularly strong in fresh salads, often taking over the flavors. To let other vegetables shine, simply cut and place red onion pieces into cold water for 30 minutes, dump water, dry onions, and continue to place in salads. This takes away some of that initial bite.
  • Fresh dill– there isn’t much like fresh dill. It smothers the cucumbers and radishes not only in beautiful colors but beautiful flavors.
  • White sugar– we like to add white sugar to ours to cut the vinegar; it’s also fine to add a bit of honey or molasses for the same reason.
cucumber salad recipe with radish and dill.

How to make Cucumber and Radish Salad Recipe.

Spring salad, summer BBQ, or fresh holiday side, this salad is a perfectly easy dish.

To kick off a few new radish dishes, which I seriously hope you enjoy, I dissected one of my favorite cucumber salads on this blog to create a new version- Radish Cucumber Salad with Homemade Dressing.

The homemade marinade, the fresh dill, and the chopped-up red onions make for a powerful and tasty side salad.

  1. Add cucumber slices, quartered radishes, and chopped red onion to a bowl.
  2. Mix vegetables together well.
  3. Add fresh dill herbs to a mixing bowl and combine well.
  4. For the homemade vinaigrette: In a separate smaller bowl, add olive oil.
collage of cucumber radish salad being made with homemade dressing.

  1. Add apple cider vinegar and sugar and mix well. This is your marinade dressing for your salad. If a creamy dressing is preferred, please see the notes below. Season dressing with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour oil and vinegar mixture over sliced cucumber and radishes and toss until all vegetables are well covered. Let fresh flavors mingle and marinate for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid settling. No need to add to the fridge as oil tends to harden in cold environments – the countertop is fine.

Topping Suggestion

  • Add crumbled feta cheese or blue cheese to this salad!
  • Squeeze a little fresh lemon juice. 

Cucumber Radish Salad Variations

This delicious salad is perfect, but can you ever go wrong with more seasonal veggies? Here are a few ideas for a more robust salad.

  • Serve chunky radishes and cucumbers on a bed of Arugula or Kale.
  • Add small cubes of watermelon for a sweet bite.
  • Diced Avocado is a complementary veggie for this side salad.
  • Chunks of Tomatoes bring in color and texture.

Add Sour Cream Dressing

Some love what is known as Polish Cucumber and Dill Salad, which contains a creamy dressing over a vinaigrette.

If you want a creamy salad, leave out vinaigrette ingredients and whip together sour cream, fresh dill, vinegar, minced garlic, kosher salt, sugar, and freshly ground black pepper. Then toss in radishes, cucumbers, and red onions for the finish.

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Two teaspoons of chopped fresh dill
  • One tablespoon of white vinegar
  • One teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Other simple ways to cream up a fresh cucumber salad are half a cup of sour cream + 2 tablespoons mayo or unflavored Greek yogurt with the above spices.

mixing side salad recipe.

Recipe FAQ’s

Can I make this cucumber radish salad ahead?

Yes, cucumber and radish salad can be made ahead of time. The only concern is that cucumbers contain some moisture, and your salad may need to be slightly drained before serving. Just toss and mix.

Can you use dried dill for fresh?

Nothing takes the place of fresh herbs; however, if needed, 1 tsp dried dill is the same as one tablespoon of fresh dill.

What vegetables go well with radish cucumber salad?

Freshly quartered ripe tomatoes are a great additive.

Can you freeze this cucumber salad?

No.

Can the sugar be left out of this recipe?

Yes, but it’s a tiny amount and helps balance the vinegar. It won’t affect the overall carb count too much. The overall carb count of adding it would be about ten carbs if you were to eat ALL the salad and ALL the dressing as one serving.

slices of radishes and quartered cucumbers in a bowl.

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Cucumber Radish Dill Salad


Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Radish Cucumber salad with fresh dill all wrapped up with delicious tart oil and apple cider vinegar dressing is a fresh salad perfect to really enjoy the earths best veggies. This light and fresh vinaigrette helps balance fresh cucumbers and delicious radishes in a tangy, but incredibly good, side salad. Fresh dill, bits of red onions and just the tiniest bit of sweet is a refreshing and balanced salad that goes amazing at cookouts or BBQs  as the prettiest salad side dish ever. If you prefer a creamy dressing over a vinaigrette, see variation for a creamy cucumber radish salad below! Either way, this salad is packed with healthy vitamins and fresh seasonal vegetable flavors. 

Ingredients
 

  • 2 English cucumbers quartered
  • 12 radishes sliced thin
  • 1/4 chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2.5 tsp white sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add sliced cucumber, quartered radishes, chopped red onion and fresh dill herbs to a mixing bowl and combine well.
  • In a separate smaller bowl, add olive oil, apple cider vinegar, sugar and mix well. This is your marinade dressing.
  • Season dressing with salt and pepper.
  • Pour oil and vinegar mixture over cucumber and radishes and toss well until all vegetables are well covered.
  • Let flavors mingle and marinate for another 30 minutes (counter top or fridge is fine), stirring occasionally.
  • Serve Radish-Cucumber salad immediately or continue to refrigerate (covered) until ready to serve.
  • Mix salad well before serving to prevent too much dressing settling on bottom of bowl.
  • OPTIONAL: Add additional sea salt and cracked pepper before serving.

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Notes

Topping Suggestion
Add crumbled feta or blue cheese to this salad!

How to make a Creamy Salad Dressing

If you want a creamy salad, leave out vinaigrette ingredients and instead whip together sour cream, fresh dill, vinegar, minced garlic, salt, sugar and pepper. Then toss in radishes, cucumbers and red onions for the finish.  Simply combine the ingredients below and add to salad.
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Can I make this salad ahead? 
Yes, cucumber and radish salad can be made ahead of time. The only  concern is that cucumbers do contain some moisture so if making ahead, please see full article on how to drain out excess moisture from cucumbers prior to making.
Can you use dried dill for fresh? 
Nothing takes the place of fresh herbs, however if needed, 1 tsp dried dill is the same as 1 tablespoon fresh dill. 
What vegetables go well with radish cucumber salad? 
Freshly quartered ripe tomatoes are a great additive. 
Can you freeze this salad? 
No.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 133IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Amazing recipe Ladies 💜. So refreshing. And I Love to see the Radish used. I personally think we don’t give this Tasty Veggie enough attention.

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