German Cucumber Salad (Gurkensalat)
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Creamy German Cucumber-Dill Salad (Gurkensalat)

We decided to host an Oktoberfest themed dinner and knew Creamy German Cucumber-Dill Salad would be on the menu.

The ingredients are simple yet the sour cream & fresh dill dressing brings a lovely full flavor to this chilled salad. This salad, also known as Gurkensalat is fresh and light and makes a perfect side dish.

German Cucumber Salad (Gurkensalat)
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The Sour Cream & Fresh Dill Dressing

For the creamy dressing start with a base of sour cream. Add vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper & lots of fresh dill.

We use white distilled vinegar but have seen variations of this recipe using cider vinegar. I’m certain that would give a refreshingly different taste.

German Cucumber Salad (Gurkensalat)

For the German Cucumber Salad

I like to use English cucumbers because the seeds are very small and have less moisture. There’s no need to peel them either which makes this salad that much easier. We used a mandolin to thinly slice them and added a little white and red onion.

Once the dressing is added I like to chill the salad for a couple hours before serving. The cucumbers really take on the nice tart dill flavor.

Creamy German Cucumber-Dill Salad

Creamy German Cucumber-Dill Salad is best enjoyed within a few hours of dressing, but will keep in the refrigerator a couple days if needed.

Check out a few of our other Oktoberfest inspired recipes.

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xo Libby

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German Cucumber Salad (Gurkensalat)

Creamy German Cucumber-Dill Salad (Gurkensalat)

Libby with Lemony Thyme
This simple Creamy German Cucumber-Dill salad, also known as Gurkensalat, is fresh and light and makes a perfect side dish.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine German/Austrian
Servings 6


For the Cucumber Salad

  • 2 English cucumbers sliced very thin
  • 1/4 cup or more to taste red or white onion sliced very thin

For the Dill Dressing

  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons, plus more for garnish fresh dill chopped
  • 2 Tablespoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste


For Cucumber Salad

  • Thinly slice cucumbers and onion using a mandolin or very sharp knife.

For the Dill Dressing

  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the sliced cucumbers and onions 2 hours before serving. Adjust salt & pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh dill to serve.

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