Cucumber Dill Salad or Gurkensalat easy to make and goes perfectly with your favorite barbecues. This light and refreshing salad pairs a sweet and sour combination of vinegar and sugar with cucumbers, onions and dill.
We first had this amazing salad in Hamburg, Germany. After doing some experimentation, I was able to duplicate what we had in Hamburg, and have made it a number of times since. Each time, the salad is outstanding, and reminiscent of our time in Hamburg.
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Ingredients for Cucumber Dill Salad
Cucumber Dill Salad is very easy to make. I use the following ingredients: English or Hot House cucumbers, onion, dill, cider vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. If I have one, I use a red or a Bermuda onion. The reason is that it adds a nice color. In addition, it tends to have a mild flavor.
Making the Cucumber Dill Salad
Time needed: 10 minutes.
This amazing salad is super easy to make, involving only a few simple steps
- Making the Dressing
First, I made the dressing by whisking together the vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Then, I set this aside to move on to the next step.
- Slicing the Cucumber and Onion.
Next, I peeled the cucumbers and the onion. Then, I thinly sliced both with the aid of a food processor and a 3mm slicing blade. You could also use a knife here.
- Transferring Sliced Vegetables to a Bowl
Once the cucumber and onions were sliced, I transferred them to a large bowl. Then, I sprinkled on some chopped dill and poured on the vinegar dressing.
- Combining All Ingredients
Finally, I stirred all of the ingredients together until they were well combined.
I covered the Cucumber Dill Salad and placed it in the refrigerator for at least an hour. This allowed the flavors to meld together.
This is one of the Master Taste Tester’s favorite salads. It’s tasty and refreshing, and totally delicious. Yum!
Frequently Asked Questions
I wouldn’t recommend substituting regular cucumbers for English cucumbers in this salad. English cucumbers are generally sweeter than regular cucumbers. In addition, they have a minimal number of seeds.
I’ve historically used apple cider vinegar in this salad. The reason is that it has a relatively mild vinegar taste. Other vinegars such as red wine vinegar tend to have a stronger taste that could impact the overall flavor of this salad.
The fresh dill adds to not only the taste of this salad, but also the appearance. I would avoid substituting dried dill.
Sometimes, I like to use sweet onions in this salad. Their taste is milder than the red onions and work well.
You can refrigerate this salad for up to three days. The longer it sits in the refrigerator, the more the flavors blend together.
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Cucumber Dill Salad (Gurkensalat)
- 2 English or Hot House cucumbers peeled and thinly sliced (See Note 1)
- 1 small red onion thinly sliced and broken into pieces (See Note 2)
- 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- ¾ teaspoon Kosher salt
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Place sliced cucumbers and onion in a non-reactive bowl (plastic). Sprinkle dill on top.
- Combine vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper in a small bowl; whisk until sugar dissolves thoroughly. Pour over vegetables. Toss well to combine. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.
Chula’s Expert Tips
- I slice the cucumbers and onion in a food processor with a 3 mm slicing blade.
- Sometimes when I make this salad, I use a sweet yellow onion as opposed to the red onion.