German Cucumber Salad Recipe – Gurkensalat

Last Updated on April 25, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster

German cucumber salad is a low carb, healthy side dish that takes only a few minutes to make. Gurkensalat is basically just thinly sliced cucumbers and onions with fresh dill in a simple oil and vinegar mix.  Make this German cucumber salad recipe and use up cucumbers quickly!

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Cucumber Salad is a healthy and low carb side dish

What is Gurkensalat?

Gurkensalat is a German Cucumber Salad that usually uses a creamy dressing, however, oil and vinegar based ones are also common. 

My husband has a very strong German heritage so this weekend, we had friends and neighbors over for an Oktoberfest party. This German cucumber salad recipe was the perfect side dish to go with our grilled Bratwurst and all the delicious side dishes provided by our guests.

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German cucumber gurkensalat recipe with fresh dill

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How do you make this easy cucumber salad recipe?

All you need to do is slice up cucumbers and onions, add a simple oil and vinegar mix and stir in a ton of chopped, fresh dill. The resulting Gurkensalat is full of flavor, nice and crunchy, and absolutely delicious! If you are looking for more Oktoberfest recipes, you should definitely check out my homemade pretzels with beer cheese!

Gurkensalat recipe: A German Cucumber Salad Recipe with Fresh Dill

How do you prepare cucumbers for this Gurkensalat recipe?

The key to making this German Cucumber Salad Recipe is to slice your cucumbers very, VERY thin. Some recipes I saw called for using a mandolin but I don’t own one so had to make due with a sharp knife.

German cucumber salad is a low carb, healthy side dish that takes only a few minutes to make

Should this German cucumber salad use yogurt?

There are several variations of this recipe online and some of them add sour cream or yogurt to the dressing recipe to make it creamy. We chose to leave that out to give it a slightly lighter texture and it turned out delicious.

Both gurkensalat recipes seem to be popular. If you prefer a creamy cucumber salad, add about 1/2 cup of sour cream or Greek yogurt to your dressing before pouring over the cucumbers.



How long can you store cucumber salad with dill?

How long does cucumber salad last? Well, not really all that long.  For the freshest flavor and texture, eat this up the day you serve it.  This cucumber salad has a shelf life of about three to four days in a sealed container in the refrigerator.  It will, however, get a bit watery. 

This cucumber salad recipe is unbelievably simple to prepare so if you can, make it up fresh when you want to eat it, rather than planning on leftovers.  Check out for more authentic German recipes. 


Gurkensalat recipe: A German Cucumber Salad Recipe with Fresh Dill

German Cucumber Salad Recipe

What is Gurkensalat? It is a simple cucumber salad recipe with fresh dill on slivered onions. Perfect summer salad recipe or healthy side dish for the family. Healthy salads are great for backyard BBQs, too. If you are looking for easy cucumber recipes, try this one!

German cucumber gurkensalat recipe with fresh dill

Yield: 8 servings

German Cucumber Salad Recipe - Gurkensalat

German cucumber salad is a low carb, healthy side dish that takes only a few minutes to make

This German cucumber salad recipe is easy to make and the perfect German recipe for Oktoberfest. A fresh cucumber recipe with loads of crunch!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 to 3 large cucumbers ( I used English cucumbers), thinly sliced
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dill
  • 4 TBSP white vinegar
  • 4 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt


  1. Combine thinly sliced cucumbers, sliced onions, and chopped dill in a bowl. Toss gently.
  2. In a small bowl, combine oil, vinegar, sugar and salt. Whisk thoroughly.
  3. Drizzle oil and vinegar mix over cucumber mixture and toss to mix completely
  4. Chill for an hour to blend flavors before serving.


Does not keep long. Best if made right before eating.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 120Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 392mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information not always accurate

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Gurkensalat recipe: A German Cucumber Salad Recipe with Fresh Dill


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  1. Seyma Shabbir says

    I haven’t had this in SO long! I miss German potato salad also. Thanks for reminding me about this dish!

  2. This looks simple and delicious. I love the cucumber water. I drink it daily. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Malissa Chasteen says

    My family loves gurken salad. My boys grew up on it in Germany. I normally use a packaged mix, however, I ran out. This was perfect!!!

  4. Love this salad! Super easy to make and delicious to boot! Can’t wait to make it again. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Bobbie Ropes says

    I made this the night before. Was that a bad thing. I have a lunch party at school. I hope I do not have a limp salad. Ugh!

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