German Cucumber Salad Recipe- A Refreshing Summertime Recipe

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.

authentic german cucumber salad

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

german cucumber salad

German Cucumber Salad Recipe

This refreshing German Cucumber Salad makes a terrific side dish on its own, or you can add it to your Salatteller. 
Use fresh onion, dehydrated onion, or no onion at all...depending on your preference.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Cuisine German
Servings 4 Side Servings


  • 1 large Salad Cucumber
  • 3 Tablespoons Oil I use Safflower
  • 2 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Pepper
  • Either 4 Tablespoons Dried Onion
  • OR
  • ½ medium Onion Diced
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped Dill


  • Peel and thinly slice the Cucumber. Place in mixing bowl or serving bowl
  • In a small bowl, combine the oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Whisk together completely (so the salt dissolves… you will feel it).
  • Add the onion… either dried or fresh… to the cucumber if you like it.
  • Add the Dill to the cucumber.
  • Toss the cucumbers with the dressing and serve


If you use an English Cucumber, you can skip the peeling step. 
Traditionally cucumbers in the salad get thinly sliced. HOWEVER, when I want it to keep for a little longer, I slice them a little thicker. 

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See it Made

Got your cucumber?

german cucumber salad

Peel and Slice. I just use a knife… if you have a mandolin, the slices will be more even
(just watch your fingers!)

german cucumber salad


Put the cucumbers in a bowl… add onion and dill

german cucumber salad

Toss the Cucumbers with the dressing

german cucumber salad


Did you Enjoy the Cucumber Salad? Why not try the Creamy Version Now!

Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe

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