Even radish haters love this creamy cucumber radish salad that’s so crunchy and refreshing. It paleo, Whole30, and keto, and makes a perfect side for BBQs and warmer weather meals!
When the temperature reaches above 70 degrees, I tend to focus my energy on the main dish when it comes to my meals. That’s because spring and summer sides can be easy without cooking anything, usually consisting of salads that you can throw together quickly. This creamy cucumber radish salad recipe is a great example of this and it packs a ton of flavor, even though it comes together with very little effort.
Creamy Cucumber Radish Salad Recipe
This paleo and Whole30 salad is very simple to make, but so delicious. Even my husband, who is not a fan of radish, ate it without any complaints. It’s so crunchy and refreshing and the creamy mayo-based dressing really masks the bitterness or spiciness that you may not love about a raw radish salad. It’s definitely our go-to side dish during the warmer months, and it goes perfectly with grilled meats.
Ingredients in Creamy Cucumber Radish Salad
There are only 7 ingredients in this paleo creamy cucumber radish salad recipe if you don’t count salt and pepper.
- Cucumber: I used Persian cucumbers, but I have also used English and kirby cucumbers as well in the past. They all work well for this dish.
- Radish: I used one bunch of red radish for this salad, but you can even try watermelon radish or Easter egg radish for the pretty colors.
- Green onions: Gives a delicious crunchy texture with a slight spice, without being overpowering like regular onions.
- Dill: I love using dill to give a refreshing flavor. Fresh dill leaves are best, but you can also use dried dill if that’s what you have on hand. Just make sure to use 1/3 of the amount called for in the recipe if you used the dried version.
- Mayonnaise: You can make your own or buy one made with healthy oils. This is my favorite brand that uses avocado oil as the base, instead of harmful vegetable oils.
- Balsamic vinegar: I have found that many raw radish salad recipes use sugar or some kind of sweetener to offset the spiciness of the radish. However, balsamic vinegar provides a natural sweetness for the same effect without any added sugar (make sure to check for this on the label under the ingredients list!).
- Garlic: Just one clove is enough to give a delicious garlicky flavor.
Tips for Making This Cucumber and Radish Salad
- Use a mandoline slicer to slice the cucumber and radish. It makes the job way quicker and easier, and you’ll get slices that are uniform in thickness.
- If you are not a fan of dill or if you want to switch up the spices, you can also use fresh mint for an ultra-refreshing flavor.
- Make sure to chill the creamy cucumber and radish salad for at least 1 hour after making it. The longer it sits, the better it’ll taste as the flavors meld together!
Other recipes you might love…
- Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Prosciutto (Paleo, Whole30)
- Refreshing Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad (Whole30 & AIP Option)
- Whole30 Tzatziki Sauce (Paleo, Keto)
- Kkakdugi – Korean Radish Kimchi (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, Vegan Option)
Creamy Cucumber Radish Salad (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
- 2 cups thinly sliced cucumber
- 1 1/2 cup thinly sliced radish about 1 bunch
- 2 stalks green onions chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh dill chopped
- 1/4 cup paleo mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1/2 tsp sea salt or more to taste
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
- In a large mixing bowl, add cucumber, radish, green onions, and dill.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper.
- Pour the dressing over veggies and stir to combine.
- Chill for 1 hour. Taste to add more salt if needed, before serving.
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