Radish & Cucumber Salad

12 ounces radishes, cut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced

2/3 English cucumber, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, and thinly sliced

2/3 cup sliced green onions

1 tablespoon minced fresh dill, optional

½ cup sour cream

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper


Toss together the radishes, cucumber, green onions, dill, if desired, and sour cream in a large bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately.


Serves 4 as a side dish. I grew up eating this cool and refreshing salad, and as far as I can tell, it’s a Russian classic. My mother makes it with Kirby cucumbers, but I usually use English cucumbers because they’re much easier to find. And Mom never used the dill, though it is a common addition. I can’t remember what Mom served this with, and she’s being a radish and not answering her phone right now so I can’t ask, but I think it’s great on the side with roast chicken. One large bunch of radishes is usually enough to make the recipe.