Rating: 4.59 stars
226 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 161
  • 4 star values: 46
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3

A traditional German favorite that I have loved since I was a child. This recipe is quick, easy, and delicious. Substitute cider vinegar for a different flavor. I prefer to leave the skins on the cucumbers for more texture and flavor, but they can also be peeled prior to slicing if desired. Flavor is best when marinated for several hours before serving.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Spread cucumbers and onion on a platter; season with salt and let rest for 30 minutes. Squeeze excess moisture from cucumbers.

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  • Stir sour cream, sugar, vinegar, dill, and parsley together in a large bowl.

  • Fold cucumber and onion slices into the sour cream mixture.

  • Refrigerate 8 hours to over night; garnish with paprika to serve.

Nutrition Facts

60 calories; protein 1.1g; carbohydrates 7.9g; fat 3.1g; cholesterol 6.3mg; sodium 300.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (171)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2012
We must all have the same German grandma. I have been eating this salad for years. It is one of my favorites. Grandma used chives instead of dill and she also smashed a clove of garlic and added it with the onions, cucumbers and salt. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/02/2012
I enjoyed the flavor of the cucumbers very much ~ they were so different from most marinated cucumber salads I've tasted. However I found the texture to be oddly mushy. Followed the recipe to a T, squeezing out excess moisture from cukes and refrigerating overnight. Next day the onions were dismally limp 'strings' so much so that I just fished them all out. The cucmbers were just too mushy. I would really like to skip rating stars on this because it's probably unfair, given I haven't tasted German marinated cukes before and maybe this is how they're supposed to be. However the AllRecipes system doesn't allow me to post comments without assigning stars, so trying my best to be fair I will rate this a 3 star recipe. Read More
(18)
226 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 161
  • 4 star values: 46
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2012
We must all have the same German grandma. I have been eating this salad for years. It is one of my favorites. Grandma used chives instead of dill and she also smashed a clove of garlic and added it with the onions, cucumbers and salt. Read More
(57)
Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2013
This is the recipe that I have been looking for. My parents were stationed in Wiesbaden Germany years ago, and my mother who loves to cook befriended a local german woman and the soon exchanged recipes. THIS cucumber salad better known as Gurkensalat is the CLOSEST I have been able to come to recreating it.. THIS is a MOST LOVED dish.. I don't know if this is the exact way my mother and Petra made this wonderful dish, but if it isn't I couldn't tell. THANK you for posting this and taking me back to my days (years) in Germany with my mother and a wonderful lady named Petra. I STRONGLY ADVISE all who try this recipe to follow exactly DO NOT add or take away.. AND PLEASE let it chill overnight for best result. IF I could give more than 5 stars I WOULD.... I am huge fan of German food and this dish is spot on. Read More
(35)
Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2012
My Grandma always made a cuke and sour cream salad similar to this. Fond memories... Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/01/2012
I enjoyed the flavor of the cucumbers very much ~ they were so different from most marinated cucumber salads I've tasted. However I found the texture to be oddly mushy. Followed the recipe to a T, squeezing out excess moisture from cukes and refrigerating overnight. Next day the onions were dismally limp 'strings' so much so that I just fished them all out. The cucmbers were just too mushy. I would really like to skip rating stars on this because it's probably unfair, given I haven't tasted German marinated cukes before and maybe this is how they're supposed to be. However the AllRecipes system doesn't allow me to post comments without assigning stars, so trying my best to be fair I will rate this a 3 star recipe. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2012
I am German, and this tastes very authentic. Thank you! Make sure to slice the cucumbers very thinly, for example, with a grater. If you want a German bean salad, all you have to do is substitute canned beans for the cucumbers, and add some onions. Tastes good, too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2012
This was an excellent dish. I could not wait the 8 hours to try it. Once I mixed everything together I ate the whole bowl to myself. Great job! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2012
My mom always made a salad like this. (she was from Germany). I've been making it too but with parsley and chives and a tiny dab of yellow mustard. It's a nice and refeshing summer salad. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2015
Cucumber salads tend to be somewhat the same. With this recipe I was interested in the impact the addition of paprika would have on the taste. I made it per the instructions but left out the sugar because I don't like it sweet. In spite of not adding the sugar it seemed the paprika did add some sweetness of its own. I enjoyed this immensely and would make it again. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2012
iam german and i love it has a great flavor thank you for sharing. Read More
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