German Cucumber Salad Recipe – Gurkensalat

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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.

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


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. 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 so 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.

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Gurkensalat recipe: A German Cucumber Salad Recipe with Fresh Dill

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German Cucumber Salad Recipe


Yields 8 servings

German Cucumber Salad Recipe - Gurkensalat

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

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 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.



558 cal


54 g


20 g


1 g
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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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