This German Cucumber Salad Recipe makes a refreshing side-dish, and is a fantastic addition to your German Salatteller. The tangy flavor gives your plate a nice balance from creamy gravies or fried foods. Perfect for summer! Cucumber salad is another simple German salad. Slice cucumber, toss in dressing. The only decision you have to make is about the onions. In our home raw onions are problematic, so I tend to replace them with dehydrated onion bits. Honestly, the flavor is good. BUT if you like raw onion, use it! (I’ve seen recipes that call for a whole onion to go in the cucumber salad… but that seems like a LOT). Add some fresh dill, and you are good to go.
I can hear some of you saying “But my Oma’s Traditional Cucumber Salad is Creamy!” Yes, like German Potato Salads, there are different styles of cucumber salad. This one uses an oil and vinegar dressing (click here for a cucumber salad with a creamy dressing recipe). Both kinds alternate coming to the table in our house, depending on the day, and the mood of the chef (me).
One thing to note. When you slice the cucumber very thin, they soften up fast. If you want the salad to last a little longer, slice the cucumbers thicker. (This is how I do it when I’m alone, so I can eat the salad over two days).
As for the cucumber. Salad cucumbers should be peeled, English cucumbers don’t. I leave the seeds in. For this recipe I don’t bother to let the cucumbers drain off moisture, it doesn’t seem to make a difference.
Just slice, toss, eat… enjoy!
German Cucumber Salad Recipe
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See it Made
Got your cucumber?
Peel and Slice. I just use a knife… if you have a mandolin, the slices will be more even
(just watch your fingers!)
Put the cucumbers in a bowl… add onion and dill
Toss the Cucumbers with the dressing
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