We love to eat homemade cucumber salads. Cucumbers are refreshing, cheap, and easy to turn into a delectable salad.
When I’m looking for a comfort food that is tasty but also refreshing, I’d often eat a simple cucumber sandwich.
We serve cucumbers on the side of almost every meal. Sometimes, we just slice them up and eat them raw; sometimes we do something a bit more fancy such as the German cucumber salad recipe and sometimes we mix up some vinegar and spices to make our own pickles.
The only bad part about this classic cucumber salad recipe is that for it to taste best, you need to allow it time to chill in the fridge.
I got so excited and always want to hurry up and eat it. I really should learn to cook when I’m not so darn hungry.
But...maybe it’s the aromas that make me hungry no matter what!
Ingredients for German cucumber salad
Tips on making homemade German cucumber salad
- The cucumbers need to be sliced extremely thin. Instead of using a knife to slice the cucumbers, you may want to consider a mandoline slicer or a cheese grater.
- After you slice the cucumbers, lay them out on a paper towel or a kitchen towel for a bit and allow them to drain some moisture. I recommend allowing them to dry out on a towel for about 2 hours.
- We suggest that you allow this cucumber salad to chill in the refrigerator for about 6 hours prior to serving. Also, stir every couple of hours to make sure that the flavors are fully mixed in.
- This salad is rather soupy by design. So keep that in mind when serving it. I prefer to serve it in a small bowl instead of directly on the plate.
How to make German cucumber salad
This is an overview of how to make this cucumber salad recipe. Below you’ll find detailed instructions with measurements.
Step 1: Wash and dry the cucumbers. Then slice them as thinly as you possibly can. I like to think of these as shaved cucumbers slices.
We recommend using a mandoline so that your cuts are even and thin. If you don’t have a mandoline, then consider using a cheese slicer.
Step 2: Drain the cucumbers. Lay the cucumber slices out on paper towels and pat them dry. Then leave them covered out on the counter for 2 hours. The goal is to remove as much moisture from them as possible.
Step 3: Thinly slice the onion. Wrap the onion slices in a paper towel and allow them to drain while the cucumber slices are draining.
Step 4: Prep the dressing. Mix the sour cream, the herbs and spices, sugar and vinegar in a large bowl.
- 2 cucumbers
- ¼ red onion
- ½ c sour cream
- 1 t salt
- 2 T white sugar
- 2 T white vinegar
- 1 t paprika
- 2 t dried dill
- 1 t dried parsley
- 2 t dried chives
- ½ t garlic salt
- Thinly slice the cucumbers. Lay the cucumber slices out on paper towels and allow them to drain for 2 hours.
- Thinly slice the onion and lay them on a paper towel.
- In a large bowl, mix sour cream, herbs, sugar, vinegar, and spices.
- Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge until the cucumbers and onions have had time to drain.
- Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and fold in the cucumber slices and the onion slices.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 6 hours. (Remove the bowl from the fridge and stir the salad every couple of hours.)
- Serve cold!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g