Gurkensalat German Cucumber Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette

While looking for new spiralizer recipes, I stumbled across this Gurkensalat German Cucumber Salad from Turning the Clock Back. I only made a couple of small changes to the recipe: spiral cut the cucumbers and used white wine vinegar. With Oktoberfest season upon us, it was perfect timing. I had seen cucumbers put through a spiral cutter recently and the result is so pretty! If you’re working on a German menu, you might also like my slow cooker German Sweet Potato Soup or some fun variations on Homemade Pretzels.

gurkensalat german cucumber saladCucumber salad is so quick and easy to assemble. I made my dressing first, so the cucumbers, onions and dill would still be very fresh when I added the dressing. It’s important to slice your cucumbers very thin, and that’s one reason the spiralizer is so perfect for this recipe. Instead of flat pieces of cucumber, you end up with a gorgeous, wavy ribbon with the onions and dill floating around on it. It makes the salad so much nicer – perfect for dinner guests or a holiday meal. I didn’t spiral slice the onions, though. Slicing them by hand, I was able to get them very thin.

The dressing is very straightforward and also delicious. I made mine in a small lidded jar. I stirred it once, then put the lid on and shook it multiple times while making the salad. If you prefer a creamier salad dressing, you can add non-dairy yogurt to the jar or mixing bowl. One half cup will make it into a creamy dressing.

 

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Gurkensalat German Cucumber Salad
This easy to make German salad is perfect for Oktoberfest. The spiral cut cucumbers make it perfect as a pretty winter holiday salad, too.
gurkensalat german cucumber salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
For the dressing:
For the salad:
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
For the dressing:
For the salad:
gurkensalat german cucumber salad
Instructions
For the dressing:
  1. Mix the dressing ingredients in a lidded jar or small mixing bowl. Whisk or stir to blend. Set aside, whisking or shaking occasionally while making the salad.
For the salad:
  1. Slice the onion very thin and cut each slice of rings in half crosswise. Put all the onion slices into a large glass mixing bowl, or any non-reactive bowl. Separate the rings of all the slices.
  2. Add the chopped dill to the onions and lightly toss using a fork. The dill will stick to your hands if you don't use a utensil and you don't want to take any of it away from the salad.
  3. Add the spiralized cucumbers to the bowl, breaking the ribbon every 6 to 12 inches or so, to prevent tangling when you mix the salad.
  4. Using two utensils, carefully toss the onion and dill into the cucumbers.
  5. Shake or stir the dressing one last time, then drizzle it over all of the salad; gently toss again to mix completely.
  6. Place the salad into the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour before serving. Season with cracked pepper to taste.
    gurkensalat german cucumber salad
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