Refreshing German Cucumber Dill Salad to serve as a salad side dish during the hotter months of the year.
This salad with cucumber is better known as Gurkensalat in German.
What is Gurkensalat?
Gurkensalat is a super popular spring and summer salad in Germany, Austria and all the surrounding countries.
The word Gurkensalat itself means cucumber salad (Gurke is a cucumber).
This particular cucumber salad is served during the spring and summer months.
People love to serve this cucumber and dill summer salad as a side when they sit outside for food or at a BBQ.
It's quite refreshing!
Traditionally, the cucumber salad with the dill salad dressing is served with cooked sweet water fish.
Dill herb and fish go hand in hand.
In Austria, you will often see cucumber dill salad dressing served with Wiener Schnitzel, Parsley Butter Potatoes, and Lingonberry Jam.
Otherwise, feel free to serve up this delicious creamy cucumber salad with a vegetarian or vegan meal.
There are some of the more common variations of the German cucumber dill salad.
You have the option here to make it the way YOU like it.
- prepared with sour cream and/or greek yogurt, mayonnaise, liquid whipping cream (yep they also use high-fat liquid whipping cream)
- cut into super thin or fat slices
- with chopped onion and/or garlic
- with fresh or dried herbs - Dill is the most preferred choice or also chives, parsley to just name a few.
- with the addition of salad oil and vinegar to the creamy ingredient.
- with the choice of Cucumber varieties and with or
You can prepare this German Gurkensalat the way you like it.
I tend to prepare a cucumber salad with sour cream and dill.
I think Austrian cucumber salad is usually prepared with liquid whipping cream while the German ones are made with sour cream.
There will be regional varieties of Gurkensalat in the German speaking countries and neighboring countries such as poland and slovenia.
How to make it?
I use whatever cucumber I can get from my local grocery store. Seedless varieties are prefered.
I semi peel my washed cucumbers for the green peel border effect ( I eat with my eyes too).
Then I simply cut my cucumbers into thick slices because I like the crunch.
Germans use a manual vegetable slicer to cut the cucumbers thin. So, the traditional way is to cut your cucumbers into thin slices.
The cucumber salad dressing is poured over the cucumbers and I usually do that in advance and not just before serving because I want the cucumbers to take in the dressing flavors.
Leave the cucumber to sit for a while, that way excess waters will come out, which you can discard before adding the dressing
Another idea is to let the sliced cucumbers sit with some sea salt.
The sea salt will help in getting excess liquids out of the cucumbers.
Then you are left with not adding salt to the dressing.
Keep in mind that the cucumbers will lose water, so if you don't want liquids but a creamy thicker dressing, simply add the dressing before you serve up the salad.
The longer the cucumber slices sit in the dressing the more liquid the dressing will turn.
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German Cucumber Dill Salad [Gurkensalat]
- 1 large Cucumber
For the Dressing:
- 1 ½ Tablespoon Dill fresh, chopped
- 3 Tablespoon Sour Cream thick creamy
- ⅛ Teaspoon Salt
- ⅛ Teaspoon Black Pepper
- Rinse your cucumber well and peel. I semi peel mine to add a border effect to my slices when cut.
- Use a vegetable slicer to cut thin slices of cucumber 9the way it's done in Germany) or cut into thicker slices with a knife (the way I like it).
- Keep the cucumber slices in a bowl for a few minutes. Excess water will come out, which you can discard.
- Mix your rinsed fresh chopped dill into the thick creamy sour cream with the salt and black pepper to create the dressing
- Pour the dressing over the cucumber and mix.
- Serve your cucumber dill sour cream salad cooled as a summer side dish with grilled meat or for lunch with schnitzel or steak.