Cold Cucumber Chicken Salad {Must-Make This Summer}

Are you looking for a meal that’s easy to make, fresh-tasting, and delicious? Look no further than this Cucumber Chicken Salad.

This dish is a cool and creamy combination of chicken, cucumber, and other summer veggies, all tied together with a light and tangy dressing.

It’s perfect for those busy weekdays or when you simply want something light and flavorful.

Cucumber Chicken Salad

A classic and refreshing dish, this chicken salad adds plenty of fresh veggies for flavor and crunch. Tossed in a light and tangy dressing, this salad is perfect for a quick lunch or a healthy dinner.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Serving Size 6 servings

Ingredients 

For the Dressing:

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

For the Salad:

  • 2 cups cooked chicken breast shredded or cubed
  • 1 whole large cucumber diced
  • ½ cup red bell pepper finely diced
  • ¼ cup red onion finely diced

Instructions 

  • Make the dressing: In a small mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, white vinegar, and minced garlic.
    bowl of homemade creamy dressing.
  • Combine Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, and dressing. Add the diced cucumber, red bell pepper, and red onion. Gentle mix in the veggies with a spoon or spatula.
  • Chill: For the best flavor, allow the salad to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • Garnish and serve: If desired, garnish with fresh herbs or a lemon wedge. Serve on a croissant, over lettuce, or plain.
    close up view of cucumber chicken salad

Notes

This salad is highly versatile. Feel free to add other ingredients like cherry tomatoes, olives, or feta cheese to make it your own.
We prefer poached chicken breast for this. Simmer in water until cooked through, then cool and shred.

This is one of our favorite summer dishes. It’s a great recipe for all those garden cucumbers and it keeps the kitchen cool!

what you’ll need for the chicken salad + dressing

Cooked Chicken Breast: Using poached chicken breast is best for this recipe. It keeps the meat tender and moist. (Rotisserie chicken works too!)

Cucumber: A large, fresh cucumber adds the crisp texture that makes this salad special.

Mayonnaise: Acts as the base for the dressing. You can use low-fat or regular, depending on your preference.

White Wine Vinegar: Gives the dressing its tangy kick.

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Feel free to add other ingredients like cherry tomatoes, olives, or feta cheese to make the salad even more to your liking.

ingredients on marble counter.

These are all basic and affordable ingredients. If you grow your own cucumbers, even better.

tips for the best cucumber chicken salad

Make sure to dice the vegetables finely for a uniform texture throughout the salad. This helps the flavors blend well.

chicken salad with cucumbers on lettuce.

Don’t skip the 30-minute chill time in the fridge. This allows all the flavors to meld together for a more delicious outcome.

This salad is versatile. You can serve it over lettuce, on a croissant, or simply eat it plain. Choose what works best for you.

more cucumber recipes

When it’s cucumber season they come in fast! Here are the best ways to use ’em up.

All of these are perfect for summer.

close up view of cucumber chicken salad

Enjoy this cool and creamy recipe!

Cold Cucumber Chicken Salad {Must-Make This Summer}

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