Basil Cucumber Salad

Loaded with lots of fresh basil and super-crunchy cucumbers; this cool, creamy salad is the perfect way to use up those garden cucumbers! 

Basil Cucumber Salad |

Guys. I’m a little pumped at the moment. As I speak I have an entire counter of my kitchen full of fresh cucumbers from my veggie garden. And when I say full I mean FULL. As in cucumbers keep rolling onto the floor because it’s so loaded.

I personally think that my mom went a little overboard with the cuke planting this year, but I’m not about to complain. I just need a ton of recipe inspiration. Like a lot. Anyone have any must-try cucumber recipes??

Basil Cucumber Salad |

 I’ll start. With this gorgeous salad. Also known as my new FAV summer salad. That “favorite” changes like every week but that’s besides the point. I practically live on salads in the summertime so that explains that.

By the way, I find it slightly ridiculous that today is the last day of July. WHAAA?! Craziness.

This salad is SO good you guys! The cucumbers are super-thin and crunchy, they’re generously covered with a tangy and oh-so creamy sour cream dressing and basil. So. Much. Basil.

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Because in addition to cucumbers, my THREE basil plants are currently going nuts too.

In fact, I’m extending an invitation for any of you to come into my garden anytime and pick whatcha want—I currently have enough to feed a small army.

Just don’t come at night because that would be SUPER-creepy and you would probably give me a heart attack. Oh, and don’t come super-early in the morning either because I don’t even look or feel human until I’ve had at least 2 cups of coffee. I would probably scare you so much you would never come back to my blog again. *sad face.*

Anywho, let’s stop talking about my ridiculous caffeine obsession and talk about this salad instead…

Basil Cucumber Salad |

Raise your hand if you have a billion hours to spend in the kitchen on summer day. You neither? I expected as much. For that exact reason, this salad whips up in really only 10 minutes. Basically all ‘ya have to do is slice up your cukes and toss ’em in a simple sour cream dressing with some fresh basil leaves.

Bam. Your potluck salad is in the BAG. Or your picnic side dish. Or your Saturday night-dinner-because-it’s-so-dang-tasty.

Basil Cucumber Salad |

I used a mandoline to slice my cucumbers into paper-thin slices and I would suggest that you get your hands on one for this job. Even the best knife and the steadiest hand won’t cut as thin slices as a mandoline would.

However, I would NOT recommend slicing your thumb open while you’re using it like I did.


Basil Cucumber Salad |

This salad goes perfectly alongside ANY summer meal, but my family especially likes it on the side with crispy grilled chicken or veggie steak kabobs. Once when I was in a hurry to make lunch one day, I even stuffed this salad inside a tortilla with some leftover chicken and fresh mozzarella cheese.

Okay, now I’m just drooling…

Basil Cucumber Salad |

It’s also a pretty dang good lunch salad just by itself with some fresh bread on the side.

Over the past week, I’m pretty sure I’ve made this salad about 3 times. So, SO delish guys!

Basil Cucumber Salad |

So pretty and tasty you’ll never guess that you’re eating healthy! Cucumbers are SO good for you. Load up on some vitamin C with this bee-yo-tiful salad why dontcha?! 😀

Basil Cucumber Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 5-6 servings

Basil Cucumber Salad


  • 4 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh basil


  1. Place sliced cucumbers in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, milk, salt, pepper, and garlic powder until smooth. Pour dressing over sliced cucumbers and gently stir in basil until cucumbers are evenly coated.
  3. Refrigerate salad until ready to serve.


Store salad in refrigerator up to 3 days.

You must try my other salad recipes this summer!

Patriotic Chopped Fruit Salad

Patriotic Chopped Fruit Salad6

Classic Buttermilk Coleslaw

  Classic Buttermilk Coleslaw7

Grilled Veggie Orzo Pasta Salad

Grilled Veggie Orzo Pasta Salad11

Lovely comments

  1. says

    Awww I hope your thumb is ok :( I’m jealous of your cucumbers! I have 3 cucumber plants but the biggest one so far is like 2 inches…!! lolz! I have to keep waiting I guess! Love this salad, I also grow basil so I’m totally trying this when my cucmbers are ready! :)
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    • Sarah says

      Haha! Your cukes sound like they’re on their way to growing, slowly but surely, Karen! 😉 And yes, you TOTALLY must try this salad once you’ve got cucumbers!

    • Sarah says

      Totally! We need June all over again. 😉 And yes, mandolins mean business and I’ve gotten my fair share of nasty cuts from ’em! (probably due to the fact that I’m kinda impatient to get it done!) LOL. Thanks for the pin, Mary Frances!

  2. says

    What a beautiful salad, Sarah! I think I would make this several times a week too! Definitely perfect for the summer, and maybe it will even trick us into thinking summer will last a while longer…maybe! :) I love how you sliced the cucumbers, too. I definitely need to invest in a mandolin slicer!
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    • Sarah says

      Thanks Gayle! And yes, I would TOTALLY recommend getting a mandolin slicer! Makes my life SO much easier in the chopping-up-food department (when I’m not too busy cutting myself!) LOL.

  3. says

    Oh man this look so refreshing! It makes me want to go on a picnic and pack this with! Also, totally jealous of your Summer garden bounty. My garden is…well…still not even built, haha. I have a ridiculous amount of lemon balm and thats about it. Who even uses lemon balm?!
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    • Sarah says

      That’s so funny that you have an overload of lemon balm! LOL. But with your creativity Rachael, I’ll bet you could find a good use for it! :)

  4. says

    If you need a hand with any of those cucumbers, send them my way!!! I LOVE summer cuc salads. This one looks especially delectable with the pop of fresh basil. Can’t wait for MORE cucumber recipes from you, Sarah 😉

  5. says

    Our neighbors keep bringing us cucumbers from their garden and I’ve been looking for different ways to use them! This salad sounds awesome – perfect for this time of the year!
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    • Sarah says

      Ashley, if you lived nextdoor to me you would probably be given about half of all our garden produce. That’s how much we have right now. Haha! But that’s awesome that you already have cukes on hand for this salad! :)

  6. says

    Send some of those cucumbers on my way, because I just love garden fresh cucumbers! I’m sad we didn’t get to plant a garden this year. But moving during planting season will do that to you. This salad sounds amazing! And hurray for a recipe that doesn’t require me to turn on the oven!

    • Sarah says

      Totally sad that you didn’t get to plant a garden this summer, Natalie! But yeah, with your move and all I’ll bet it would have just been too much. NEXT year though, we should both totally be veggie garden buddies! :)

  7. says

    That’s so awesome that you have so many cucumbers!! I tried planting a few pickling cucumbers but some cat kept pooping near them, so I didn’t think they were appropriate to eat! My basil is doing pretty well though! I love cucumbers so much, they are the perfect cool vegetable to eat in the summertime! If you have too many, feel free to send some my way! :)
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    • Sarah says

      Awww that’s too bad about your cucumbers, Izzy! I would TOTALLY send you some of my cukes since I have ’em coming outta my ears at the moment. LOL. But I’m happy to hear that your basil is flourishing! Mine is getting HUGE and I’m frantically trying to use it all up. 😉

    • Sarah says

      It’s definitely one of the most hazardous kitchen tools I’ve ever owned, but SO worth it with the time it saves!
      You would love this salad, Christin—So up your alley! 😉

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