German Cucumber Salad (Vegetarian or Vegan)

The salad recipe is from and it makes a lovely potluck dish. I made both the vegetarian and vegan version for my Oktoberfest party, and the vegan version was eaten up. (Not that there was a lot of the vegetarian version left either.) I believe people felt it was healthier and they wanted to save the unhealthy for the German potato salad with bacon!


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  • Salad
    • 2English cucumbers,or 4 medium cucumbers
    • 2 scallions (Optional)
  • Sour Cream Dressing (Option 1 Vegetarian)
    • 1/2cupsour cream
    • 1tbspwhite vinegar
    • 1tspsugar
    • 1tbspchopped dill,fresh or frozen
    • 1/2tspsalt
    • black pepper,to taste
  • Oil and Vinegar Dressing (Option 2 Vegan)
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (You can use any light oil here. Olive oil would change the flavor profile to something more Greek.)
    • 1/4 cup white vinegar (apple vinegar or wine vinegar works)
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 1 tbsp chopped dill,fresh or frozen
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • black pepper, to taste
  • Garnish (Optional)
    • Fresh dill
    • 1 scallion


  • Peel the cucumbers if desired and thinly slice them with a mandoline slicer or a thin food processor blade. The thinner the better! Put slices in a large salad bowl.
  • If using scallions, thinly slice them on the diagonal with a knife.
  • Chop dill
  • Make the dressing:
    • Option 1: In a medium bowl whisk together the sour cream, vinegar, sugar, and dill. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    • Option 2: In a medium bowl whisk together the 1/2 cup canola oil, 1/4 cup vinegar, sugar and dill. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour dressing over cucumber slices and toss until combined. Cover and let chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Serve with a slotted spoon.
  • If you want to garnish your salad, you can garnish with fresh dill if you have it, or you can garnish with sliced greens of a scallion.


The salad does become a bit watery after sitting in the fridge, so you can drain it in a colander before severing or move it into another serving bowl, leaving behind a lot of the water. You can also salt the cucumbers just after slicing (put them in a colander) and wait about 5 minutes to 10 minutes and then squeeze out the moisture and then mix in the dressing.

If using regular cucumbers, peel them.

English Cucumber

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