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German Cucumber Salad Recipe

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German Cucumber Salad Recipe

Gurkensalat is a summer favorite throughout Europe. This simple German cucumber salad recipe can be ready in minutes and is a great alternative to a boring lettuce salad. One of the simplest and tastiest cucumber recipes I have found, it makes a great last minute addition to a barbecue or sit-down meal.

Whether you are using a store-bought cucumber or one straight from your garden, be sure to test the end slices for taste. Eliminate any part of the cucumber that is too bitter before starting your cucumber salad recipe.

For a punch of crunch and color, slice up some yellow and red peppers as garnish.


1 large Cucumber

1 small White Onion

1 Clove of Garlic

3 Tbsp of Vegetable Oil

3 Tbsp of White Wine Vinegar

Pinch of sugar

Salt to taste

1 Tbsp of minced Dill

Black Pepper

Sweet Paprika


Peel and crush Garlic
Rub inside of a serving bowl with Crushed Garlic
Finely chop Garlic and spread on bottom of serving bowl

Wash and peel Cucumber
Thinly slice Cucumber 
Taste test end slices for bitterness
Discard slices that are excessively bitter
Place remaining slices in serving bowl

Peel, halve, slice and separate Onion
Add Onion half-rings to serving bowl

In a bowl, whisk together Oil, Vinegar, Sugar, and Salt
Pour Vinegar and Oil mixture over Cucumber and Onion
Sprinkle minced Dill over salad
Gently fold salad until well mixed
Sprinkle Black Pepper and Sweet Paprika over salad 
Serve with slotted spoon

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