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German-style cucumber salad recipe

German-style cucumber salad recipe

5 ratings

Known as gurkensalat in Germany, this salad is sharp and tangy and makes for a welcome addition to any barbecue platter. Great alongside fish or meat, or if you're feeling particularly traditional, plate up alongside a Schnitzel for an authentic German dish. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 30 mins to prepare
  • 86 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free


  • 1 cucumber
  • ½ tsp fine salt
  • 150ml soured cream
  • 1 large (or 2 small) garlic clove, finely grated (optional)
  • 1½ tsp white wine vinegar
  • ⅛ tsp sugar
  • 10g fresh dill, finely chopped
If you don't have sour cream, use crème fraîche or yogurt

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    8g 11%
  • Saturates

    4g 22%
  • Sugars

    3g 3%
  • Salt

    0.5g 9%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 2.7g Protein 1.9g Fibre 0.6g


  1. Very finely slice the cucumber into even rounds and put in a sieve over a bowl. Add the salt and massage into the cucumber, then set aside for at least 20 mins.

  2. Working in batches, squeeze the cucumbers firmly but gently to remove excess water, then transfer to a small bowl. Stir through the remaining ingredients. Chill until ready to serve (up to 24 hrs).

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