Sour Cream Spring Garden Salad

This refreshing and crunchy salad is made with the first garden vegetables – tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, lettuce and fresh herbs dressed with sour cream.

Sour Cream Spring Vegetable Salad with tomatoes, cucumber, radishes and lettuce

In our family, we serve variations of this salad all spring and summer long. My parents had a large garden almost every year and as soon as the radishes, lettuce, fresh herbs, tomatoes and cucumbers started growing, we would have this delicious sour cream salad many times a week. For me, it symbolized the arrival of spring and was always such a happy occasion.

There is such a wonderful combination of refreshing vegetables and fresh herbs. I also love the variation of textures – the tomatoes are sweet and juicy, the cucumbers are wonderfully crisp and crunchy. The radishes are also crunchy and have a bit of a bite. The lettuce, dill and green onion give this salad that extra flavor of spring.

Sour cream is a very popular ingredient in Slavic recipes and it pairs so well with all the veggies and herbs. It’s such a simple way to dress a salad and is a perfect combination of creaminess and tanginess.

Best Vegetables To Use For a Sour Cream Salad:

Ingredients for Sour Cream Spring Garden Salad made with tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, radishes, dill, green onion and sour cream.

This salad was staple in our family, especially in the spring and summer months. Radishes are one of the first vegetables to start growing in the garden. Lettuce is another early vegetable that would grow along with the delicate and feathery dill and of course, thin and crunchy sprouts of green onion.

We would start out by making the salad with radishes, lettuce, herbs and sour cream and eventually, as the cucumbers and tomatoes started growing, we would add them to the salad too.

Eventually, the lettuce and radishes would be harvested and we would make the sour cream salad with just tomatoes, cucumbers and herbs.

You can also add red or yellow onion to the salad. Cauliflower and broccoli, grated on the large holes of a box grater or cut into small florets, grated carrot and/or sliced celery are also great options for this salad.

Sour Cream As a Salad Dressing:

Sour cream is awesome as a salad dressing. It coats the vegetables perfectly, it’s creamy and tangy and is so simple – just sour cream, salt, pepper and fresh herbs.

Since the fresh vegetables will naturally release their liquid when they are cut and mixed together, it will thin out the sour cream giving it a “salad dressing” consistency.

You can also use plain yogurt instead of sour cream. Greek yogurt is best, since it has a thicker consistency.

Preparing the Sour Cream Salad:

Step by step photo tutorial for how to make sour cream vegetable salad with tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, lettuce, dill and green onion.
  • Tomatoes seeds and the pulp around the seeds will make the salad very watery, so I recommend removing the seeds before you chop the tomatoes. You can also use small cherry or grape tomatoes, in which case you don’t have to remove the seeds, just cut the tomatoes in half.
  • If you use small cucumbers, you can just slice or chop them up. If you use larger cucumbers that have larger seeds, it is best to remove them as well because they will also release a lot of liquid and your vegetables will be floating in a really watery dressing, which will not only look unappetizing, but it will really dilute the sour cream.
  • Slice the radishes and slice or cut the lettuce. Sometimes we liked to grate the radishes on the large holes of a box grater. We used the lettuce when it was still really small and tender, but that is hard to find in grocery stores, so you can use any kind of lettuce that you like. Green leaf lettuce, Boston bibb lettuce or romaine lettuce work well in this salad.
  • Add the fresh herbs and mix the vegetables together. Add the sour cream, mixing gently to combine. At first it will seem as though the sour cream won’t get incorporated into the salad, but have patience, it eventually will. Season to taste with salt and ground black pepper.

Serving the Salad:

A bowl of sour cream salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, radishes, dill and green onion.

This salad is best served right away, since it will lose it’s crispness and will come more watery the longer it stands. If you want to prep some of the salad in advance, I recommend cutting the vegetables up to a few hours in advance, but not mixing it together and not adding the sour cream until right before you are ready to serve.

Favorite Meals to Serve with this Sour Cream Vegetable Salad:

Sour Cream Vegetable Salad made with spring garden vegetables and a sour cream, dill and green onion dressing.
Creamy Spring Garden Salad
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Creamy Spring Garden Salad

  • Author: Olga’s Flavor Factory
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 46 1x
  • Category: Sides

Description

This refreshing and crunchy salad is made with the first garden vegetables – tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, lettuce and fresh herbs dressed with sour cream.


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Ingredients

  • 3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped (or 1 pint grape tomatoes, cut in half)
  • 3 small cucumbers, sliced
  • 6 radishes, sliced
  • 2 cups sliced lettuce, (such as green leaf lettuce, Boston bibb lettuce or romaine lettuce)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, ground black black pepper
  • green onion, dill

Instructions

  1. Remove the seeds from the tomatoes and chop them into cubes. You can also use cherry or grape tomatoes cut in half. 
  2. Slice the cucumbers, thinly slice the radishes. Cut the lettuce finely. Add the fresh minced herbs.
  3. Add the sour cream or Greek yogurt and mix gently.  Season with salt and ground black pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Keywords: sour cream spring garden salad, tomato cucumber radish lettuce salad with sour cream, Russian salad, tomato and cucumber sour cream salad

This recipe was originally published here at Olga’s Flavor Factory on May 3, 2013. I have updated the pictures and clarified the instructions, but the recipe is still the same. This has been our family favorite and many readers’ favorite for years. Enjoy!

11 Comments

  • Shirley

    Uh Olga…you take wonderful photographs of your recipes. Whenever I visit your blog , pictures make me crave for your cooked food.

    I m planning to make creamy salad tomorrow..I know how to make Greek yogurt but it takes so much effort…so could plz guide me to make sour cream at home as we donot get it in grocery stores in India.

      • Oksana

        Hi, we actually had a similar salad yesterday. (we didn’t have lettuce on hand though). I like to use mayonnaise instead of sour cream, even though its a bit more fattier, just decrease the amount of salt in the salad then. I see that Olga has homemade lettuce recipe posted. Hope that helps

        • olgak7

          Hmmm. There’s a recipe for homemade lettuce? I’ve never heard of that.
          I prefer this salad with sour cream. I like the tang and brightness that it gives while still being creamy.

          • Oksana

            I’m so sorry, that was supposed to be homemade mayonnaise instead of lettuce, that was a weird mistake. I never heard of homemade lettuce either, lol. Sometimes we do a mix of both, mayo and sour cream, it does give it a certain different taste too.

      • Shirley

        Dear Olga,
        I tried with a different grocery store …they have separate section for international food…. I bagged sour cream n Greek yoghurt…I prepared the same salad with kotleti-po-kievski for dinner…it turned out so juicy n tasty…Thanks Olga for details that u add while writing post and step by step recipe with photographs.
        I read your another blog…I was touched. I love u more now after knowing more about you.
        May God bless u more and more and u grow in faith.

  • Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com

    This is my kind of salad. We just made cucumber salad with sour cream and dill. Next time time I’m in the store, buying ingredients for this salad :).

  • Cynthia

    I just made this. It was so good! I found baby lettuce at the store so I used that because you said it would be good for this salad. I love creamy salads anyways, but I’ve never made my own creamy salad dressing with dill before. Thanks!

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