German Cucumber Salad Recipe

Cleanness: 95 – 100%
Taste: 8.6 / 10
Cuisine: German
Course: side dish
Yields: 4 – 6 servings
Nutrients: antioxidants, vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium, water
Diet Type: *Vegan, Vegetarian, *Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, *Paleo, Low-Carb
Good for: hydration, weight loss, high blood sugar, bacterial diseases, cancer, heart diseases, bone density, heart diseases
Bad for: –

*Note: The yogurt-based dressing is not dairy-free, vegan, and Paleo friendly. So, if you’re following a vegan, Paleo, or dairy-free diet you must choose the vinegar-based dressing.

German Cucumber Salad, known as Gurkensalat in German, is a very popular salad in Germany. This delicious salad is commonly used as a side dish with other meals such as meat or fish.

It’s 100 percent clean when used with vinegar-based dressing and is 95 percent clean when used with yogurt-based dressing. That’s due to the addition of the mustard sauce to the dressing which may contain additives and preservative.

It’s healthy, delicious, easy to make, budget-friendly, and is fully packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It’s a perfect side dish for those who want to lose weight and improve their overall health.


The ingredients for making this salad are cucumber, onion, dill, and dressing.

German Cucumber Salad Main Ingredients


Cucumber, as the name of the salad suggests, is the main ingredient of this salad.

The cucumbers should be sliced very thin. In fact, German tend to slice the cucumbers very thin so that the slices are almost translucent. To slice the cucumbers for this recipe, I just used a simple knife and my slices turned out to be relatively thin. You may also use a mandoline slicer to produce thinner cuts.

Cucumbers are high in nutrients, especially antioxidants, and are composed of about 96% water. They are low in calories and can promote hydration, aid in weight loss, lower blood sugar, and prevent constipation.


Traditionally this salad is served with lots of dill. The dill should be chopped very small before using. You may also save some of the chopped dills for garnishing the salad before serving.

You may also use parsley and tomatoes for garnishing your salad and to produce a tastier and more palatable salad.

Dill contains lots of vitamins, minerals, anti-bacterial, and cancer-fighting compounds.


The onions should be chopped very small before using in this salad.

Onion is fully packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, B vitamins and potassium. It also contains a large amount of antioxidants. Onion has strong anti-bacterial properties and can fight cancer, heart disease, and blood sugar. It also can improve bone density. It’s also a rich source of prebiotics and can boost the digestive health.


This salad is usually served with a yogurt-based or a vinegar-based dressing.

The main ingredient of yogurt based dressing is Greek yogurt. You may also use sour cream instead of Greek yogurt, but since sour cream contains lots of fat and is not 100% healthy, I recommend to stick with Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt has the same taste and is a healthier option.

Yogurt-Based Dressing Ingredients
Yogurt-Based Dressing Ingredients
Yogurt-Based Dressing
Yogurt-Based Dressing

The main ingredient of vinegar-based dressing is white vinegar or apple cider vinegar (ACV). This dressing is specially more suitable for those who want to achieve weight loss or are on a vegan or dairy-free diet.

Vinegar-Based Dressing Ingredients
Vinegar-Based Dressing Ingredients
Vinegar-Based Dressing
Vinegar-Based Dressing

In regards to taste, both of them tasted pretty good. I liked the yogurt-based dressing better than the vinegar-based dressing, while some of my family members liked the vinegar-based dressing more. So, it’s recommended to try both of them to find out which one can please your palate most.

Note: German Cucumber Salad is best served chilled. Your best bet is to keep the salad in the fridge between one hour to one day before serving. This salad may even taste better if it’s kept in the fridge for about one day due to the mild fermentation of the cucumber. Nevertheless, the German cucumber salad with yogurt-based dressing may get watery if it sits in the fridge for one day. So it’s recommended to consume the yogurt-based salad the same day.

German Cucumber Salad
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