Spring has a new sidekick and it’s not your typical avocado toast or overhyped smoothie bowl. TikTok, the virtual playground of viral food trends, has given birth to the creamy cucumber salad craze and we’re here for it! Move over, boring salads, because this dish is not just a feast for your taste buds but a feast for your eyes as well.
Why You’ll Love The Creamy Cucumber Salad
Remember those lazy summer days spent under the sun, with the only thing on your mind was to find a refreshing dish that can help beat the heat? Enter creamy cucumber salad, a delightful concoction of crisp cucumbers, purple or yellow onions and a tangy sour cream dressing with a hint of fresh lemon and dill. It’s like a trip down memory lane with a side of TikTok flair.
Battle Of The Dressings
Now, let’s talk dressings! The OG recipe flaunts a thick, dreamy sauce made with fresh lemon, dill and sour cream—a nod to the beloved Tzatziki sauce. However, TikTok’s twist on this classic involves a variety of options. Some enthusiasts opt for Greek yoghurt, others a mix of sour cream and mayo and there’s even a rebellious faction championing pure coconut yoghurt. It’s a dressing showdown and everyone’s invited to pick their creamy champion!
The TikTok Twist
TikTok has added its magic touch to the traditional recipe, dubbing it a variation of the Polish classic, Mizeria. The community-driven tweaks include red onion, greek yoghurt, sugar, red wine vinegar and a generous helping of garlic. Peel those cucumbers, mix up the creamy concoction, and voilà! You’re ready to join the creamy cucumber salad party.
The Viral Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe
- 1 ½ lbs Cucumbers (2 English cucumbers or 4-5 small ones)
- ½ medium Purple or Yellow Onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp fresh or Frozen Dill, chopped
- ½ cup Sour Cream (reduced fat is ok)
- ½ Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice (from 1/2 small lemon)
- 1 Garlic Clove, pressed or grated
- ½ tsp Sea Salt and a pinch of Black Pepper, or to taste
- In a small bowl, combine sour cream, lemon juice, garlic, dill, salt and pepper to taste. Stir and set aside while prepping salad.
- Peel (if necessary) and slice cucumbers into thin rounds or half rounds if using large cucumbers. Place in a large mixing bowl. Add thinly sliced onion.
- Just before serving, pour the sauce over the cucumbers and onions, and mix to coat. After adding sauce, the salad will stay fresh for about 2-3 hours if refrigerated.
So, there you have it! TikTok’s creamy cucumber salad—an iconic dish that encapsulates the taste of summer, a touch of nostalgia and a dash of social media whimsy.