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Gurkensalat (German Cucumber Salad) Recipe
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Gurkensalat (German Cucumber Salad)

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"A traditional German favorite that I have loved since I was a child. This recipe is quick, easy, and delicious. Substitute cider vinegar for a different flavor. I prefer to leave the skins on the cucumbers for more texture and flavor, but they can also be peeled prior to slicing if desired. Flavor is best when marinated for several hours before serving."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    8 hrs 50 mins


  1. Spread cucumbers and onion on a platter; season with salt and let rest for 30 minutes. Squeeze excess moisture from cucumbers.
  2. Stir sour cream, sugar, vinegar, dill, and parsley together in a large bowl.
  3. Fold cucumber and onion slices into the sour cream mixture.
  4. Refrigerate 8 hours to over night; garnish with paprika to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 23, 2012

We must all have the same German grandma. I have been eating this salad for years. It is one of my favorites. Grandma used chives instead of dill and she also smashed a clove of garlic and added it with the onions, cucumbers and salt.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 01, 2012

I enjoyed the flavor of the cucumbers very much ~ they were so different from most marinated cucumber salads I've tasted. However I found the texture to be oddly mushy. Followed the recipe to a T, squeezing out excess moisture from cukes and refrigerating overnight. Next day the onions were dismally limp 'strings' so much so that I just fished them all out. The cucmbers were just too mushy. I would really like to skip rating stars on this because it's probably unfair, given I haven't tasted German marinated cukes before and maybe this is how they're supposed to be. However the AllRecipes system doesn't allow me to post comments without assigning stars, so trying my best to be fair I will rate this a 3 star recipe.

Apr 20, 2012

Gott im Himmel!! Without digging out my old recipe book, I sure this is the same recipe we got from our German Grandmother Gertrude! Born in the late 1880's and died 1959! When the season was right, she added fresh dill. I have added crushed fennel seed to give it another taste sensation. I have saved this recipe and will be comparing it to mine, but I'm sure this is about the same!! ENJOY!!!

Apr 13, 2012

My Grandma always made a cuke and sour cream salad similar to this. Fond memories...

Apr 20, 2012

My mom always made a salad like this. (she was from Germany). I've been making it too, but with parsley and chives and a tiny dab of yellow mustard. It's a nice and refeshing summer salad.

May 21, 2012

I am German, and this tastes very authentic. Thank you! Make sure to slice the cucumbers very thinly, for example, with a grater. If you want a German bean salad, all you have to do is substitute canned beans for the cucumbers, and add some onions. Tastes good, too.

Aug 08, 2013

This is the recipe that I have been looking for. My parents were stationed in Wiesbaden Germany years ago, and my mother who loves to cook befriended a local german woman and the soon exchanged recipes. THIS cucumber salad better known as Gurkensalat is the CLOSEST I have been able to come to recreating it.. THIS is a MOST LOVED dish.. I don't know if this is the exact way my mother and Petra made this wonderful dish, but if it isn't I couldn't tell. THANK you for posting this and taking me back to my days (years) in Germany with my mother and a wonderful lady named Petra. I STRONGLY ADVISE all who try this recipe to follow exactly DO NOT add or take away.. AND PLEASE let it chill overnight for best result. IF I could give more than 5 stars I WOULD.... I am huge fan of German food and this dish is spot on.

Jul 02, 2012

This was an excellent dish. I could not wait the 8 hours to try it. Once I mixed everything together I ate the whole bowl to myself. Great job!


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  • Calories
  • 60 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.9 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 3.1 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 301 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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