Creamy Everything Bagel Cucumber Salad

This cucumber salad is cool, crunchy, creamy, and everything (bagel seasoning) you want in an easy summer salad.

Everything Bagel Cucumber Salad with a Serving Spoon

Simply Recipes / Sara Tane

You know those days in the thick of summer when it’s too hot to cook? Those moments when even the thought of turning on the oven makes you feel like you need to take a cold shower immediately? We’ve all been there. On those days, the food that I crave most is a cucumber salad. It’s crisp, refreshing, bright, and there is absolutely no heat required to make it. Phew.

Everything Bagel Cucumber Salad

Simply Recipes / Sara Tane

It’s All in the Seasoning

This rendition of a cucumber salad is livened up with a couple tablespoons of everyone’s favorite garnish—everything bagel seasoning. This clever spice mix—dried onions, dried garlic, poppy seeds, and sesame seeds—is an easy way to add savory, bagel-adjacent flavors to anything you fancy. I usually buy it at Trader Joe’s, though it’s available in most grocery stores.

Everything in this Cucumber Salad

I’d recommend using Persian cucumbers for this salad because they’re more flavorful, less watery, and have thinner, smoother skin in comparison to English cucumbers. You can opt to use one large cucumber or several smaller ones.

To keep with the loaded bagel flavor profile, this cucumber salad incorporates red onion, capers, fresh dill, scallions, and a creamy, sour cream dressing. I don’t know about you, but I like my bagels loaded with toppings, which is exactly why I’m throwing in the works here too. 

You could opt to mix in softened cream cheese into the dressing if you’re really playing into the bagel theme, but I found it slightly difficult to incorporate while testing this recipe. Not to mention, sour cream offers a tangy, acidic flavor that plays well with the salad components.

Simple Serving Suggestions

This salad would be a lovely addition to any outdoor entertaining situation—serve it alongside your burgers, hot dogs, grilled vegetables, potato salad, and pasta salad. You know the drill. This salad could also be enjoyed as a casual weekday lunch with some grilled chicken and a handful of bagel chips. For the ultimate bagel inception, toast a bagel and top it with this salad. Sounds like everything and more to me.

Everything Bagel Cucumber Salad with a Piece on a Fork

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Enjoy It Right Away 

One thing to note about this salad is that it’s best enjoyed within a couple hours of making it. As the cucumbers sit in the dressing, they lose their signature crunch and the whole situation becomes a little bit sad, if I’m being honest. If you want to make this salad ahead of time, just wait to dress the components right before you plan to serve it.

Creamy Everything Bagel Cucumber Salad

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 3/4 cup full-fat sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons everything bagel seasoning, divided, plus more for garnish

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 large or 6 small Persian cucumbers, cut into 1/4-inch slices (about 5 cups)

  • 4 scallions, ends trimmed and thinly sliced

  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill

  • 1/4 cup capers, drained and rinsed


  1. Make the dressing:

    In a small bowl, mix the sour cream, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon everything bagel seasoning. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Stir and set aside.

    Bowl of Dressing for Everything Bagel Cucumber Salad Recipe

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  2. Combine the vegetables:

    In a large bowl, add the cucumbers, scallions, onion, capers, dill, and remaining 1 tablespoon everything bagel seasoning—this seasoning stays crunchier than the seasoning in the dressing, which I love.

    Red Onions, Cucumbers, Dill, Everything Bagel Seasoning, and Scallions in Bowl for Cucumber Salad Recipe

    Simply Recipes / Sara Tane

  3. Dress the salad and serve:

    Add the dressing and mix to combine. Serve immediately. 

    The salad is best eaten right away, but it will stay fresh for about 2 days refrigerated.

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    Dressing Added to Everything Bagel Cucumber Salad

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    Spatula Used to Mix Everything Bagel Cucumber Salad Ingredients

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    Everything Bagel Cucumber Salad

    Simply Recipes / Sara Tane

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
133 Calories
9g Fat
13g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 133
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 424mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 95mg 7%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 276mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.