German Creamy Cucumber Salad With Dill Recipe

Sliced Cucumbers. Joern Pollex/Getty Images News
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings creamy cucumber salad
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This German side dish recipe of cucumbers in sweetened sour cream and dill is a great accompaniment to pork, fried dishes, and on cold platters.

Cucumbers dressed in vinegar, salt, and sugar is known as gurkensalat in German and is a non-dairy version of this dish.

What You'll Need

  • For the Cucumbers:
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For the Dressing:
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • 4 ounces sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons neutral oil like canola or vegetable
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Dash of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill, to taste

How to Make It

Prepare the Cucumber

  1. Wash and peel the cucumber unless it is an English cucumber or another kind which you don't have to peel.
  2. Slice the cucumber thinly. This is best done with a mandolin or food processor.
  3. Place the slices in a colander, salt, and toss. Let the slices sit for 20 to 30 minutes.

Make the Dressing

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together vinegar, sour cream, oil, sugar, pepper, and dill.
  2. Drain the cucumbers and pat dry. Add them to the dressing and toss carefully to coat until slices are thoroughly covered in dressing.
  1. Serve well chilled with pork roast, poultry, fish or other foods. Garnish with additional dill sprigs if desired.​​