Southern German Cucumber Salad – Oma's süddeutscher Gurkensalat

Oma's German cucumber salad is so delightfully refreshing, especially in the summer. Since it's from the south, there's no cream in it which makes it a perfect picnic side!

This version (unlike my Mutti's) has no sour cream or yogurt, so it's perfect for a buffet table or to take along for picnics.

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time


Total Time

10 minutes


Makes 4 servings


  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced 
  • 4 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill or ½ tsp dried dill


  1. Put thinly sliced cucumbers into serving bowl.
  2. In separate bowl, mix together vinegar, water, sugar, and salt. Pour over cucumbers.
  3. Sprinkle with dill and stir. Season with additional salt and/or sugar if needed.


  • Try using different types of vinegar ... white wine vinegar, cider vinegar ... or try your favorite.
  • Instead of vinegar, use lemon juice. YUM!
  • If you have very tender English cucumbers, they do not have to be peeled.
  • If you want this made with sour cream/yogurt, take a look at this northern German version of cucumber salad.
  • Add some thinly sliced onions.
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