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Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad Recipe

This quick and easy Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad combines a creamy dressing – like a mixture of Greek yogurt or sour cream – with freshly sliced cucumbers and red onions along with plenty of chopped dill! It’s the perfect unique pasta salad recipe for your next backyard barbecue.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian, Western
Keyword 30 minutes meals, cucumber, greek yogurt, Pasta, pasta salad, salad, summer salad, veggie salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Bushra Waheed
Cost $5

Equipment

  • Sharp Knife
  • a spoon
  • Wooden Spoon, for mixing
  • Cutting Board
  • Hand Whisker
  • Large Glass Bowl

Ingredients

For Pasta Salad:

  • ½ pound medium sized pasta such as penne or rotini
  • 2 large English cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1 medium red onion thinly sliced

For Salad Dressing:

  • 1 cup sour cream or whole fat plain Greek yogurt can substitute mayo if desired
  • 2 tbsp. fresh chopped dill
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

For Garnishing

  • fresh dill

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, until al dente. Drain and drizzle with oil and sprinkle with a couple pinches of salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly and let it cool.
  • While the pasta is cooling, Thinly slice onion and place in a bowl of cold water. (see note)
  • Slice the cucumber in half lengthwise and remove seeds using a spoon then dice it into thin slices.

To Make The Salad Dressing:

  • In a small bowl, mix the sour cream or Greek yogurt along with the vinegar, fresh dill, salt and pepper. Mix until fully combined. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

To Make The Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad:

  • In a large bowl, add the cooled rigatoni pasta. Top with the fresh sliced cucumber and red onion.
  • Pour dressing over pasta and toss to combine.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to let the pasta salad cool off and for the flavors to meld together.
  • When serving, if desired, add a large handful of dill on top for garnish and an extra pop of flavor!
  • Delicious Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad is ready to serve. Enjoy!

Notes

Soaking the onions in cold water is optional but takes a bit of the "bite" out of the onion.
Serving Suggestions:
Goes great with BBQ Chicken Wings.