This creamy cucumber salad recipe, also known as gurkensalat in German, is cool, creamy and oh so refreshing for the warmer months.
Growing up, my family had a raised postage stamp garden just about every year. What they say is true – it’s really amazing just how much better home or locally raised produce is than what you buy from the grocery store!
It’s also pretty impressive how much produce you can get from just a few plants. Each summer I couldn’t wait for all the fresh squash, zucchini, and, my favorite, cucumbers.
We often turned them into a salad with tomatoes and cucumbers with a homemade dressing with an Italian touch. When I met Mr. Savvy and learned he was half German and spent the first 10 years of his life there I was introduced into a whole new world of German food.
I’m so glad I was because so many German dishes are now some of my favorites. I love cooking for others and showing them how much I care about them that way so it was, of course, important to me to learn how to make some German recipes well.
Gurkensalat, or creamy cucumber salad, just so happens to be one of his favorite German side dishes.
When we moved to Hampton Roads, VA a few years ago, he immediately found this awesome German restaurant, which unfortunately is no longer there. But we both tried and loved their creamy cucumber salad so I knew it was a recipe I wanted to master.
After a few tries to perfect my cucumber salad recipe, he asks me to make this cucumber salad year round!
This creamy cucumber salad recipe is super easy to make with simple ingredients blended together to make a deliciously fresh side dish. This cucumber salad can take a while to make but is very little work and so worth it because it’s more of an hurry up and wait.
The Secret To The Best Creamy Cucumber Salad
We’re all in a hurry these days but to make the best creamy cucumber salad it does take a bit of time. But don’t worry, it’s a set and forget type of deal.
All you need to do is put the sliced cucumbers in a strainer and sprinkle with salt so the excess moisture can leech out. This will help the texture of the cucumbers soften and also help your salad to not get watery.
The flavors of the salad meld deliciously when given time to sit overnight but you also don’t want your cucumbers in a pool of milky water. Bleh.
You can also peel the cucumbers or not. I like it both ways, but Mr. Savvy prefers them peeled.
The peeled the cucumbers get a bit softer, while if you leave the skin on, they stay a bit crisper, but the salad is traditionally supposed to be on the softer side.
What Do I Need To Make German Cucumber Salad?
Unless you just really enjoy slicing things thinly by hand with a knife, I really suggest a mandoline like the Oxo Good Grips version that I started with. I then upgraded to my food processor that I now use.
You’ll also want:
- A strainer or colander for salting the cucumbers to sit and drain in
- A large, covered container to store the salad in – I like these because I can easily give the container a shake to make sure everything is evenly coated
Cucumber Salad Ingredients
The ingredients you need to make this salad include:
- Cucumbers, preferably English variety
- Onion – I prefer a sweet onion like vidalia
- Sour cream
- White granulated sugar
- White or apple cider vinegar
- Fresh dill
- Fresh chives
- Garlic – powder or a raw clove that I would grate with mircoplane
- More salt and pepper to taste
Change up the flavor by adding different herbs. You can also use dried herbs, just use 1 teaspoon instead as dried herbs are more potent. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 381mg Carbohydrates: 9g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 6g Protein: 1g
Change up the flavor by adding different herbs. You can also use dried herbs, just use 1 teaspoon instead as dried herbs are more potent.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.