German cucumber salad with a creamy dill dressing.
Nobody is really sure how the cucumber made it to Germany. Some say it came from India. Others think it stems from South Africa. From there it supposedly came from Morocco to the area by the southern Mediterranean Sea.
One thing is certain: the roman emperor Tiberius grew cucumbers in his courtyard gardens. From there, the plant found its way to northern Europe. The center for its cultivation was Hungary for a long time.
The cucumber belongs to the pumpkin plants and is actually a berry. Because of its hearty taste however, it counts as a vegetable.
Most of the vitamins are contained in the skin. This can be eaten with the rest after being washed thoroughly.
Did you know, that we always eat unripe cucumbers? In their ripened state, they would actually be yellow!
How are Cucumber Salad called in German?
Cucumber salad are called "Gurkensalat".
How to pronounce "Gurkensalat"?
Listen to this audio file to hear how to say "Gurkensalat" in German.
How to make Creamy German Cucumber Salad with Dill Video Tutorial
Authentic German Cucumber Salad Recipe
Bavarian Cucumber Salad
- 2 small cucumbers
- 3 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- ½ medium onion
- ½ bunch fresh dill
- ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. coarse pepper
- Peel cucumbers, slice thinly and add to a large bowl.
- Finely cube the onion and add to the cucumbers.
- Mix heavy whipping cream, sour cream, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- Add to the cucumbers and mix well.
- Chop the dill finely, add to the salad and toss lightly.
- Let marinate for about 15 minutes.
What to serve with Cucumber Salad?
Creamy dill cucumber salad makes a great side dish to “Käsespätzle” (cheese pasta) and all kinds of meat and fish dishes.
It is also a great addition to the traditional German “Abendbrot” (German dinner meal) or a German salad platter.