Springtime is just around the corner. I’m dreaming of picnics, bbq’s, and burgers on the grill. This recipe for an authentic German Cucumber Salad is the perfect side dish to any of those things.
This recipe was given to me by our German friend, Sophia, when she spent a few weeks with us last summer. I had such a wonderful time with her learning many of her favorite recipes.
While the ingredients call for English cucumbers, you could also use mini cucumbers which is what I used in this recipe. I would, however, avoid the typical salad cucumber you find in stores. They are too seedy for this salad.
This salad is great because it doesn’t have to be kept refrigerated or cold. It contains no mayonnaise or dairy making this an excellent choice for outdoor picnics and bbq’s.
GERMAN CUCUMBER SALAD
- 1 large English cucumber very thinly sliced
- 1 small onion thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh dill chopped
- 2 tablespoons chives chopped
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar or to taste
- 1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper freshly ground
- 1. Prepare the cucumbers and onions preferably using a mandolin. If one is not available, slice them as thin as possible.
- 2. Add the cucumber, onion, dill, and chives to a large bowl.
- 3. Mix the remaining ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour over the cucumbers and toss until well combined.