Creamy Cucumber Salad with Bacon

Make this creamy cucumber salad with bacon for summer parties and potluck meals. It’s made with sour cream and yogurt, with crunchy radishes and celery. This light fresh salad is one of our favorite summer side dish recipes for cookouts and barbecues, too.

creamy cucumber salad in white oval platter on white marble table.

This is a great side salad recipe that’s easy to make. The fresh crunchy vegetables are complimented by the creamy dressing and salty bacon. The addition of cilantro gives it a unique southwestern flavor that I particularly love.

Crunchy Cucumber Salad without Mayo

This cucumber salad with radishes and bacon is light and healthy because it’s made with Greek yogurt and light sour cream instead of mayonnaise.

  • This is the perfect side dish to make for summer parties and backyard bbq’s. It makes great use of those herbs and vegetables you’ve been growing in the garden all summer.
  • Mix this salad the night before a potluck party and you’ll be ready to walk out the door the next day. As with most mixtures, the flavors marry and meld together after sitting in the refrigerator for a few hours.
  • Add this dish to a green dinner party alongside grilled meats or grilled salmon, and sweet & spicy baked beans for a delicious meal. 
  • The green color makes this a fun salad to serve for St. Patrick’s day too.
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Ingredients & Substitutions

Whether you’re entertaining a crowd or prepping a weeknight dinner, this cucumber salad is a welcome addition. The cool creamy dressing is a terrific balance to the salty bacon.

  • Fresh Cucumbers. Use seedless to make it easier to eat. Look for the name Hot House or English cucumber. They’re usually long, wax free, and wrapped in plastic.
  • Radishes. These add more crunch and color.
  • Celery. Another crunchy element that works well with creamy dressing.
  • Bacon. Cook and crumble the bacon ahead of time so it’s ready to use when you are.
  • Fresh Cilantro. This adds freshness and a little Tex-Mex flavor. Substitute with fresh parsley if you want, or try fresh dill!


  • Plain Greek Yogurt. Greek style is thicker and creamier, and adds tanginess. You can substitute with traditional plain yogurt too.
  • Sour Cream. I use light sour cream but you can also use regular style. It helps balance the tangy flavor of the yogurt.
  • Fresh Lime Juice. squeeze half of a lime to get the fresh juice.
  • Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder. These are your pantry staple seasonings you’ll need.

EXPERT TIP: Make sure you prep your cucumbers to drain the excess moisture from them. Otherwise the water from the cucumbers will leach out into the salad and crunchy vegetables will become limp.

cucumber salad with bacon and radishes and limes, in white oval platter on white marble table.

How to Make It

The first thing you’ll need to do is prep your cucumbers. If you don’t drain the moisture from them with this first step, your salad will get very limp and watery after about a day.

If you’re going to be eating the salad right away it’s not that big of a deal, but if you’re hoping to have leftovers or taking it to a potluck party you’ll want to do this step.

  1. Thinly slice the cucumbers and sprinkle them with about 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Toss them together in a bowl and set aside for about 30 minutes.
  2. While the cucumbers are set aside, cook the bacon, slice the radishes and celery, and prepare the dressing
  3. Drain the liquid from the cucumber bowl or pour the cucumbers into a strainer to drain the liquid. Press the cucumbers dry with a paper towel and they’re ready to use.
  4. Combine the salad ingredients together, except for bacon and cilantro. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour so the flavors can fully combine.
  5. When ready to serve sprinkle with bacon and chopped cilantro. 

Serving Suggestions

  • This creamy salad has a cooling quality to it’s perfect to serve with spicy foods like Indian cuisine.
  • It’s similar to Greek tzatziki sauce or Benedictine in the South, so it would pair well with lamb or Greek burgers.
  • It’s also a good pairing for baked beans with ground beef as the freshness balances the richness of the beans.
  • Round out the green theme with this lime tartlets recipe for dessert.

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creamy cucumber salad in white oval platter on white marble table.

Creamy Cucumber Salad with Bacon

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Creamy Crunchy Cucumber Salad with Bacon is delicious for summer parties and potlucks. This light fresh salad is the perfect side dish for easy entertaining.


  • 1 1/2 cucumbers
  • 5 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped


  • 4 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup light sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice (1/2 lime, squeezed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. PREP THE CUCUMBERS: Thinly slice cucumbers and place in a large bowl with about 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Toss to coat and set aside for about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine dressing ingredients together and add in radishes and celery.
  3. Drain cucumbers and press with a paper towel to remove excess moisture; add to salad mixture and toss to coat.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour to overnight.
  5. Top with chopped cilantro and bacon when ready to serve.

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  1. This salad sounds so delicious ? and so perfect with kabobs or a juicy steak! Thanks for always sharing such fabulous recipes and gorgeous eye candy!!

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