Oma's Northern German Cucumber Salad Recipe ~ Gurkensalat

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

This German cucumber salad recipe, aka Gurkensalad,  is one of our favorite summer salad recipes. It's the one that's most popular in northern Germany. In fact, it's one that I just can't alter. 

I've tried, BUT, nothing beats this original recipe that I grew up with. It seems, that whenever I make it, I never make enough. I start out, always adding an extra cucumber to make sure there's enough.

For the full list of ingredients & detailed instructions, see the recipe card at the end of this post. But before you scroll, there’s important & interesting stuff to know right below.

This cucumber salad is so delightfully refreshingThis is the first time my granddaughter made the German cucumber salad recipe. It turned out wunderbar!

Somehow, it always disappears quickly. My plan is always to make more the next time, after all, it's a quick German recipe ... so easy to make.

Tips and Tricks for Cucumber Salad :)

  • You'll find that when you serve this, everyone wants this "German Cucumber Salad recipe", so be prepared to give it out. Adults and kids alike just love the taste and the creaminess. 
This cucumber salad is so delightfully refreshing!
  • English Cucumbers? If the skin is nice and thin, don't bother peeling them. Leaving the peel looks pretty in the salad and is healthier. Lecker!
  • Some people remove the seeded center part of the cucumber to help remove some of the water. I don't. I love using the whole cucumber. It's healthy. Why throw some of it away?
  • However, if you wish, you can make it hours ahead -- you just need to make it a bit differently then. The "problem" is that cucumbers are quite watery and if the dressing is added early, the water is "pulled" out of the cucumbers and the dressing is diluted.
  • To do this, you slice the cucumbers thinly. Put into a bowl and sprinkle them with salt. Stir. Let sit for about one hour. The salt will draw out some of the cucumbers' water. Drain well just before using and add the dressing to which you have NOT added salt. Rather taste the final salad before adding extra salt if needed.
  • If you want to pre-make the salad, you can pre-slice the cucumbers very thinly. Then, leave them covered in a bowl in the fridge. Make the dressing and refrigerate it as well. Combine just before serving.

Want a cucumber salad without the cream?

This cucumber salad is so delightfully refreshing! A delicious summer treat!

Above is my cucumber salad with a simple vinegar/sugar dressing that makes a very refreshing salad that's perfect for buffets and picnics. It's also a great side that fits to most meals. Here's the recipe.

Lydia Remembers...

I have so many wunderbar memories in the kitchen with my Oma, and have had MANY of her most popular and traditional recipes, like this cucumber salad! 

Oma and I have made this refreshing cucumber salad for many family functions and it has certainly become a favorite. It adds a bright and summery feel to any meal! 

Making this recipe is quite the yummy treat for me considering pickles are my FAVORITE snack of all, the dill flavoring is spectacular. For all you dill lovers looking for a light summer snack, this is the one!

I remember learning to make this salad a few different ways. The Northern and the Southern way! The dill makes for such a nice punch of flavor. 

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Oma says,

When making this creamy cucumber salad recipe below, you can use low-fat sour cream or yogurt. Personally, I love to use Greek yogurt.

Fresh dill is awesome, but frozen or dried is good. Not only is the resulting salad so tasty, but the remaining dressing is devoured as well.


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 ... that this is one of the TOP 10 traditional side dishes to serve with rouladen? Really.


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Oma's German Cucumber Salad Recipe

German cucumber salad recipe, aka Gurkensalad,  is one of our favorite summer salad recipes. In fact, it's one that I just can't alter.

I've tried, BUT, nothing beats this original recipe that I grew up with. It seems, that whenever I make it, I never make enough. I start out, always adding an extra cucumber to make sure there's enough. (If you're wanting the non-cream version, it's here.)

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

none

Total Time

10 minutes

Servings:

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced 
  • ½ cup sour cream 
  • ½ teaspoon dill, preferably fresh (or more to taste)
  • 1½ teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1½ teaspoons granulated sugar
  • salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. Put thinly sliced cucumbers into serving bowl.
  2. In separate bowl, mix sour cream, dill, lemon juice, and sugar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Just before serving, pour the dressing over cucumbers and mix.

Notes/Hints:

  • If you have time, you can pre-slice the cucumbers and sprinkle them with a little salt and let them stand. Pour off the accumulated cucumber "water" BEFORE adding the dressing by draining in a sieve.
  • Use vinegar instead of lemon juice.
  • Use low fat sour cream, plain yogurt or Greek yogurt instead of the regular sour cream.
  • For the southern German version, the one without the cream, check out my version of this German cucumber salad.

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Below is Karen's recipe (from Lethbridge, AB Canada) that she sent into our 2012 Quick Christmas Recipe Contest. It's a great traditional cucumber salad from her Oma.

Karen's Oma's Gurkensalat

Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 3 green onions or sweet white onion sliced
  • 4-6 radishes sliced
  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon chopped dill
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Slice cucumber with or without skin
  • Add sliced onion, radishes, and herbs.
  • Make dressing and pour over veggies.
  • Let sit in the fridge for at least an hour, stir before serving.
  • Serves about 4 people

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This cucumber salad is so delightfully refreshing, especially in the summer.

Oma's Northern German Cucumber Salad Recipe ~ Gurkensalat

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Oma's Northern German Cucumber Salad Recipe ~ Gurkensalat
Traditional German Cucumber Salad recipe that brings back memories of Mutti's cooking. Creamy, tart, sweet, yummy! Just like it's made in northern Germany! OH. SO. GOOD.

Ingredients: cucumber, sour cream, fresh dill, lemon juice, sugar, seasonings,

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