Dip Essentials: Springtime Cucumber Dip

Andy Anderson !


I played about with this recipe until I achieved the goal of a light Springtime dip for crackers, veggies, or any number of yummy items… You could even use it as a sauce over fish.

It has a bright, piquant flavor that goes so well with Springtime. One of my guests said that they could eat it with a spoon.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


★★★★★ 1 vote

20 Min
No-Cook or Other



  • 1 large
    english cucumber
  • 2 oz
    crème fraiche
  • 2 oz
  • 4 oz
    cream cheese, room temp
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 clove
    baked (not raw) garlic, or more, if you like garlic
  • 1 pinch
    cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 pinch
    paprika, or to taste
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    white pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh dill, chopped

How to Make Dip Essentials: Springtime Cucumber Dip


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Peel and seed the cucumber, and then grate on the large holes of a grater.
  4. Place the grated cucumber between paper towels, and press out as much moisture as possible.
  5. Chef’s Note: Alternately, you could place the grated cucumber into a kitchen towel, and squeeze the excess moisture out (that is my preferred method).
  6. Chef’s Tip: If you don’t remove the excess moisture from the cucumber, the dip will be too runny.
  7. Add the cucumber, crème fraiche, mayonnaise, cream cheese, baked garlic, and lemon juice to a food processor fitted with an S-blade.
  8. Chef’s Note: When I used all crème fraiche, the fat content when combined with the cream cheese was a bit much; however, when I just used mayo, the taste was not what I wanted… So, I split the difference… 50% mayo, 50% crème fraiche.
    It’s fun playing about with recipes.
  9. Give the mixture a few 1-second pulses until the mixture is completely blended and smooth.
  10. Add the cayenne, paprika, salt and pepper, and then blend and taste.
  11. Season and blend a few more times, until you achieve the correct proportion of spices.
  12. Chef’s Note: You’re the chef… spice it the way you want it.
  13. Chef's Tip: All the spices you add to this dip will intensify over time. So, keep that in mind when seasoning.
  14. Remove from the blender, place into a bowl, and then fold in the chopped dill.
  15. Cover and place in the refrigerator for an hour or two before serving.
  17. This dip is very versatile… It can be served with various types of crackers or veggies; even drizzled over a nice piece of sautéed fish. Enjoy.
  18. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Dip Essentials: Springtime Cucumber Dip

Course/Dish: Dips
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American

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