Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad

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It looks like you’re about to update your summer side dish game. That’s right, folks, get ready to liven up your palate with a creamy cucumber salad that has a vibrant, herbaceous flavor. It’s also a very hydrating dish that has a rich allium flavor from the crisp scallions. Don’t worry about intense onion breath, though, because the creamy cashew dressing is luscious and cleansing to the palate.

One of the primary reasons that you will not experience an intense onion flavor is because this recipe requires you to soak the onion. Red onion has an assertive bite, but soaking thinly sliced onion in water is the best way to mellow the intensity. Whether you enjoy this salad or another salad with onions, soaking them is excellent for raw consumption.

Speaking of soaking, there’s an optional step to soak the cashews before blending them into your dressing. This step is completely optional, but it may be necessary if your blender is not high-speed. Once you make the dressing, pour it over your salad ingredients and toss to coat. It will be luscious, delectable, and refreshing on hot summer days. It’s the healthier version of a classically unhealthy dish. It’s rich in healthy fats, protein, antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. We hope you love it!

Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad
  • Prep Time:15m
  • Total Time:15m


For the Salad

  • 1/2 c red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 lbs cucumber, cut into spears
  • 1/4 c fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/4 c scallions, sliced

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 c raw cashews (soaked for 2 hours then drained)
  • 1/3 c filtered water
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • pinch black pepper


For the Salad

  1. Place the sliced onion in a bowl and cover with cold water. Allow the onion to soak while you prepare the salad and dressing.
  2. Place the cucumber spears, dill, and scallions in a large bowl and toss gently to combine. Set aside while you make the dressing.

For the Dressing

  1. Make sure to discard the soaking liquid from the cashews and then add the cashews to a blender.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients and then blend until smooth. You can add more water to ease the blending process if you need to.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat all of the ingredients. Sever immediately and enjoy.
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