German Cucumber Salad

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.

We adore the cool, sweet and tangy crunch of pickles so much that we often find ourselves wishing that we could just make a meal out of them. Well, we’ve come pretty close! This Refrigerator Cucumber Salad uses the same process for making a quick refrigerator pickle and adds a few other veggies for a healthy and yummy side dish that you can keep coming back to.

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.

A refrigerator pickle is a method of pickling a vegetable without out any of the hassle of canning. You create a simple brine and pour it over your veggies and stick the whole thing in your fridge. Voila, pickles!

This salad borrows that basic method which is absolutely wonderful because it means that this stuff will keep in a jar in the fridge for two months. We doubt it will stick around that long (it sure never does around here) but it’s awfully nice to have a healthy snack or side in the fridge to heap on your plate any time of day.

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My Grandma always made a cuke and sour cream salad similar to this. Fond memories…

It doesn’t hurt that it’s super tasty either. Tangy, sweet, and crunchy, the cucumbers and peppers in this salad stay wonderfully crisp. The longer it sits, the more deliciously pickled it becomes, but we find we can’t help opening up that jar for a few bites as soon as it becomes chilled.

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.


5 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 large bell pepper, thinly sliced
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