Madonna’s Creamy Cucumber Salad

First published April 2009

This week’s recipe comes from my friend (and hair stylist extraordinaire), Bonnie Hundt.  Her mother, Madonna, has been making this salad back in Wisconsin on their dairy farm for YEARS using cucumbers from their very impressive vegetable garden.  It’s a family favorite and a great summer recipe.  Easy to make and a good reason to grow your own cucumbers!


  • 6 medium sized (6-8 inch) cucumbers, any variety, peeled
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1/2 cup half  & half or heavy cream
  • 1 TBL mayonnaise (you can also use plain yogurt*)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar (or rice vinegar*)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 TBL salt
  • 1 TBL chopped dill*

(*Bonnie’s adjustments to Mom’s recipe)


1.  Thinly slice (about 1/8 inch) peeled cucumbers & onion using a mandolin (or knife).
2.  In a large bowl alternately layer cucumbers, onions & salt and let sit at room temperature for at least one hour. Rinse well with water to remove salt and drain thoroughly in a colander then return to the large bowl.
3.  In another bowl, whisk together vinegar, mayo, sugar and cream until well-blended and creamy smooth.  Add to the cucumbers and onions and mix well adding chopped dill towards the end.
4.  Put mixture in the fridge and chill thoroughly.

Serves 4-6



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  • Happy first of May!
    What a wonderful surprise and mouthwatering way to start the first of May with Bonnie’s mother Madonna’s, Creamy Cucumber Salad. I am salivating just reading the recipe and always wondering during the hot summer days, why didn’t I make cucumber salad? Then alas, not being known for my cooking, where is a good refreshing recipe when I need it? Thank you for thinking ahead for me, I have printed it already and put it where I will remember to make this cool as a cucumber salad! I may just plant some seeds this weekend, as I never can get enough of this refreshing summer dish…yummy!
    Happy days,
    Candy Anderson

  • Sherri Hondorp says:

    Like Bonnie, I grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin also and cucumber salad was a staple in our summer fare. We LOVED it! This recipe is almost identical to my family’s — and all these years I thought it was a secret !!! Refreshing, and quick to make.
    Sherri H.

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