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German Cucumber Salad

Also called Gurkensalat, this version of this recipe is simple, easy, and delicious!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, German
Keyword cucumber salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Servings 12 servings
Author Amanda Rettke - iamhomesteader.com


  • 2-4 medium cucumbers about 8 cups cucumbers
  • 1 large white onion thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream or sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill chopped fine


  1. Slice cucumbers thin and place in a large bowl. (We use a mandoline.)

  2. Slice onion and place in the bowl with the cucumber.
  3. Place cucumbers and onion in a large bowl and sprinkle salt over top. Let sit for 2 hours, or until there is a large amount of liquid in the bowl, almost covering the cucumbers.
  4. Drain cucumbers and onion and rinse with cold water. (Taste test here. You can always rinse again if it seems too salty.)

  5. Add heavy cream, vinegar, and fresh dill and stir well.

  6. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.