This cucumber ribbon salad is easy to make and is full of great flavor but without any fat, thanks to a creamy yogurt herb dressing. 

Recipe Overview

Why you’ll love it: This salad is light and refreshing with only 28 calories per serving.

How long it takes: 10 minutes
Equipment you’ll need: sharp knife (or spiralizer), bowl, measuring utensils
Servings: 4

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Cucumbers are very thinly sliced into beautiful cucumber ribbons and topped with a creamy yogurt dill dressing for a uniquely gorgeous salad.

This salad is a great side dish if you’re having a barbecue or anything grill related in the summer but it also goes well with richer meals, providing freshness and lightness to an otherwise heavy meal.

If you love tzatziki, a cucumber yogurt sauce that’s often found in Middle Eastern dishes, you’ll love this salad. Cucumber ribbon salad is also very similar to German cucumber salad, which is made of sliced cucumbers with a sour cream dressing.

Front closeup of salad in white serving bowl, with fork and blue plaid napkin.

Why You’ll Love Cucumber Ribbon Salad

Lots of herbal flavor! Cucumber salad is super refreshing thanks to the fresh, crunchy cucumbers and tons of fresh herbs. I use chives, parsley and dill but any combination of fresh herbs works well. Dill goes especially well with cucumbers.

A simple dressing. The dressing is easy to make with yogurt, salt and pepper. Use fat-free, low-fat, or regular yogurt, it’s up to you.

Easy to find ingredients. Cucumbers are always available in grocery stores so this salad is perfect any time of the year. Whether you’re cooking burgers outside or pulled pork in your slow cooker on a cold winter day, cucumber salad will fit right in. It makes a great lunch, too.

A serving of cucumber salad with fresh dill stems in background.

How To Cut Cucumber Ribbons

If you have one, use a spiralizer to cut the cucumbers into pretty ribbons but if you don’t have a spiralizer, don’t worry. A vegetable peeler works well to make thin ribbons (watch this video). Another option is to simply cut the cucumbers into thin slices or half moons with a sharp knife, the thinner the better. If you love the idea of eating “ribbons”, be sure to try sautéed summer squash and zucchini ribbons and asparagus ribbon salad with beets and burrata.

FAQs

Do you peel cucumbers for salad?

If you use thinner skinned varieties, like English, hot house, or Persian, there’s no need to peel the cucumber. Rinse them well and cut off the ends.
Thicker skinned varieties should be peeled. Often they are coated with wax to extend the shelf-life.

Why is my cucumber salad watery?

Cucumbers contain a lot of water. Using Greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt helps this salad stay creamy. If your cucumbers have a lot of seeds, remove them before slicing the cucumber. Another method is to salt the cucumber first, allowing the salt to draw out the water. Let the salted cucumbers drain in a colander for a half hour, rinse, and pat dry. Continue with the recipe.

Make it your own

Overhead of salad in small serving bowl, with fresh herbs in background.

Storage Tips

This salad is best eaten immediately. It can be stored in a tightly covered container in the fridge for up to two days. It may get a bit watery and lose some of the crispness. Stir well, or add a few more cucumbers to refresh it.

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Recipe

Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Yogurt Herb Dressing

4.58 from 7 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
This cucumber ribbon salad is easy to make and is full of great flavor but without any fat thanks to a creamy yogurt herb dressing.
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Ingredients 

  • 1 English cucumber (or another type of thin skinned cucumber)
  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Using a spiralizer, cut the cucumber into ribbons with the ribbon blade. If you don’t have a spiralizer, use vegetable peeler to make ribbons or thinly slice the cucumber in half moons.
  • In a small bowl, mix together Greek yogurt, chives, parsley, dill, salt and pepper. Taste dressing and season with more salt and pepper as needed.
  • Mix dressing into cucumbers and stir well to combine. Best served immediately. Store in fridge.

Notes

  • I prefer English cucumbers to regular cucumbers. The skin is tender and the cucumbers contain less seeds. If you can’t find them, regular cucumbers can be substituted but for best results, peel the cucumbers.
  • If you prefer, substitute 2% or full-fat Greek yogurt. Sour cream is good, too.
  • For a dairy-free cucumber salad, try this cucumber onion salad.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 28kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 13mg, Potassium: 169mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 436IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 46mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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17 Comments

  1. Sumit Malhotra says:

    Great will make this soon. Love cucumbers.

  2. Aggie @ Aggie's Kitchen says:

    What a beautiful salad! I just started using my ribbon blade on my spiralizer and it’s my new favorite. I haven’t tried spiralizing cucumbers yet!

  3. Erin says:

    Love my spiralizer! And we love anything with yogurt. This recipe looks delicious!

  4. Aggie says:

    I want this!! I haven’t used my spiralizer to make ribbons yet. Good thinking! This is such a beautiful salad/side dish. Love it Rachel.

  5. Medha @ Whisk & Shout says:

    This is so healthy! The cucumber base makes it already healthier, but the greek yogurt is so smart :)

  6. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

    Cucumber salad is an old favorite of mine. Love your version of it.

  7. Heather at Basilmomma says:

    This is something I could eat every day!