Oma's Sour Cream Salad Dressing

sour cream salad dressing flavored with dill

Make this sour cream salad dressing flavored with dill. Then pour it over lettuce for one of our traditional German spring salad recipes. Here it's shown as a side to German cabbage rolls and oven-roasted mashed potatoes.

My favorite and my family's favorite is a salad dressing that is a bit sweet and sour and flavored with dill, preferably fresh.

Oma's Lettuce Salad with Sour Cream Dressing


  • 1 head lettuce, washed
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • sugar, salt, pepper
  • 1 bunch of dill, chopped finely


  • Tear lettuce into bite-sized pieces.
  • Grate lemon before juicing it.
  • In a small bowl, mix the grated lemon peel, about 4 tbsp lemon juice, sour cream, dill, and about 2 - 3 tbsp sugar. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour dressing over salad, toss, and serve immediately.
  • Serves 4.


  • Don't have a whole lemon? Use about 4 tbsp. lemon juice instead and omit the grated peel.
  • Instead of sour cream, use plain or Greek yogurt.

Prep your Lettuce properly ...

  • An important note to remember when making a lettuce salad is to make sure you wash the lettuce carefully.
  • Then, it needs to be dried.
  • Use either a salad-spinner or paper towels.

If water remains on the lettuce leaves, it will dilute the cream sauce, and that would be a shame. It's so utterly wunderbar!

Mixed Salad with Sour Cream DressingHere I've used the sour cream dressing on a mixed salad consisting of lettuce, tomatoes, cukes, cheese, and bacon. Served this along side some scrambled eggs with ham for a wonderful lunch.

The scrambled eggs with ham recipe? It's right here!

YES! This is the Cucumber Salad Dressing!

This dressing, and variations of it, are traditional for a cucumber salad, but tastes so great on a lettuce salad as well. That was, to me, a "eureka" moment when I tried it for the first time.

German Cucumber Salad Recipe

I mean, it was THE dressing that always went on the cucumber salad. In fact, any dressing left over in the bowl after all the cucumbers slices were removed, was quickly scooped up by whoever got there first.

Why I never thought of putting over a lettuce salad really dumbfounds me. But the first time I did, it became a favorite!

This is the Dill-Rahm-Sosse that's so popular in Germany!

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