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Pouring creamy dill dressing over German cucumber salad
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German Cucumber Salad

A deliciously creamy yet refreshing German cucumber salad (AKA Gurkensalat) made with a combination of thinly sliced cucumbers, dill, and dairy-free yogurt or sour cream. A wonderful side dish or inclusion to a BBQ, Potluck, or family gathering.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine German
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 6 small (600 g) cucumbers thinly sliced
  • 1/2 onion thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 large garlic clove grated
  • Sea salt & black pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup (180 g) dairy-free yogurt or sour cream (*see notes)
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar or Erythritol (*see notes)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vinegar or more to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill or more to taste, chopped (*see notes)

Instructions

  • To a large bowl, add sliced cucumbers and season with about 3/4 tsp salt. Let rest for 20 minutes, then drain excess moisture from the cucumbers by gently squeezing the slices and pouring off the liquid.
  • To a medium bowl, add vegan yogurt or sour cream, garlic, sugar, vinegar, dill, salt & black pepper to taste. Stir to combine (you can also blend all ingredients in a mini blender). Taste the dressing and adjust seasonings, adding more salt, pepper, vinegar, etc. to taste.
  • Pour the dressing over the cucumbers. Add sliced onion (optional) and stir to combine.
  • I recommend refrigerating the cucumber salad for at least 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Yogurt: Any dairy-free yogurt is fine, such as almond yogurt, coconut yogurt, soy yogurt, etc. You can also blend 150 grams of silken tofu or vegan cream cheese with about 40 ml of plant-based milk.
  • Sugar: Use regular white sugar or a refined sugar-free sweetener like Erythritol (e.g. Swerve).
  • Dill: Use 1 tsp dried if you don't have fresh dill. You can use chives instead of dill if you don't like the taste of dill. 
  • Check the Tips & Variations above in the blog post.
  • Recipe serves 4. Nutrition facts are for one serving.
Nutrition Facts
German Cucumber Salad
Amount per Serving
Calories
70
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
2
g
3
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
10
g
3
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.