Cucumber Salad Recipe with 6 Variations

Gurkensalat in 6 Varianten


Today I will show you my recipe for Cucumber Salad. The refreshing salad classic is a welcome companion for hot and cold dishes. So that it does not become boring, I have 6 different variants for the salad, additionally some ideas for the cucumber cut in an article summarized.

Cucumbers, long or short, straight or crooked – they are wonderful! Don’t worry, I am not a mean cucumber majesty like the cucumber king. On the contrary: It is my pleasure to bring a green enrichment to your plate.

My cucumber salad suggestions can easily be implemented. Here are my instructions with all tips. I wish you good luck!

1. How can you cut Cucumbers?

The cucumber cut influences the taste of the salad. Depending on the shape of the salad, with or without skin and how thick or thin the cut is, we experience a completely different taste sensation.

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Cucumber cuts for a fresh cucumber salad.

  • Cucumbers straight sliced
  • Cucumbers cut in diagonal slices
  • Diced cucumbers
  • Cucumbers planed in long strips
  • Cucumbers without seeds cut into crescents
  • Cucumbers without skin
  • Cucumbers with partial peel
  • Cucumbers with skin
  • Cucumbers in thin slices
  • Cucumbers in thick slices

You can cut or slice cucumbers with a knife.


The perfect slicer for cucumber salad has very sharp blades!

The best cucumbers are the mini cucumbers also called snack cucumbers!


Fresh mini-cookies are the finest cucumbers and therefore the perfect choice for your salad.

2. Cucumber Salad Dressings

Salatdressings für Gurkensalat

There is no dressing code for your cucumber salad. You are spoilt for choice on the carousel. We start at 12 o’clock with Asian dressing, at 1 o’clock lemon dressing, 4 o’clock yoghurt dressing with mint, 6 o’clock coconut milk curry dressing, 8 o’clock cream dill dressing, at 11 o’clock classic vinegar-oil dressing.

In my table you will find new ideas and classics for the best cucumber salad. Salt, pepper, oil are not always mentioned but are part of every dressing.

VariantsMain ComponentsKey Ingredients
classicvinegar, oildill, garlic
asianrice vinegar, soya, sesame oilsesame, peanuts
softlemon luiceagave syrup, oil
whiteyoghurtlemon juice, mint, sugar
creamysour cream or creamlemon, dill, chili
indiancurry or turmeric, coconut milklime juice, coriander

3. Recipe Cucumber Salad

Gurkensalat Varianten
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Cucumber Salad Recipe
Cucumber salad in many variations presented, photographed and written down by cooking professional Thomas Sixt.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: German Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 2 Portions
Calories: 720kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
Cucumber salad vinegar/oil
  • 2 pc small cucumbers mini or snack cucumbers for 2 portions
  • 20 g white wine vinegar
  • 20 g vegetable oil
  • 1 twig dill
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 3 pinches pepper
  • 3 pinches sugar
Cucumber salad Asia
  • 2 pc small cucumbers mini or snack cucumbers for 2 portions
  • 15 g rice vinegar
  • 2 g soy sauce
  • 20 g sesame oil
  • 5 g agave syrup
  • some ginger abrasion
  • 2 tsp sesame seed
Cucumber salad lemon
  • 2 pc small cucumbers mini or snack cucumbers for 2 portions
  • 20 g lemon juice
  • 15 g oliv oil
  • 3 pinches salt
  • 2 pinches pepper
  • 10 g agave syrup
  • 12 pc pink peppercorns these are chinus fruits
Cucumber salad yoghurt
  • 2 pc small cucumbers mini or snack cucumbers for 2 portions
  • 60 g yoghurt
  • 6 leaves fresh mint
  • 5 g lemon juice
  • 5 g safflower oil
  • 10 g sugar
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 3 pinches pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
Cucumber salad sour cream
  • 2 pc small cucumbers mini or snack cucumbers for 2 portions
  • 60 g sour cream or sweet cream
  • 1/2 bunch fresh dill
  • 5 g lemon juice
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 3 pinches pepper
Cucumber salad with coconut milk and curry
  • 2 pc small cucumbers mini or snack cucumbers for 2 portions
  • 50 g coconut milk
  • 6 g lime juice
  • 2 Stems fresh coriander
  • 2 g curry
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch sugar
Cucumber salad vinegar/oil
  • For the classic cucumber salad, cucumber slices are sliced from the peeled cucumber.
    The dressing consists of: 20g white wine vinegar, 20g vegetable oil, some fresh dill tips, 2 pinches of salt, 3 pinches of pepper, 3 pinches of sugar.
    Gurkensalat Essig, Öl
Cucumber salad Asia
  • For our East Asian version of a cucumber salad, slice the cucumbers with the skin lengthwise.
    The dressing consists of 20g rice vinegar, 2g soy sauce, 20g sesame oil, 5g agave syrup and some grated fresh ginger.
    2 teaspoons of sesame seed are added for decoration.
    Gurkensalat asiatisch
Cucumber salad lemon
  • For the cucumber salad with lemon as acid, remove the seeds with a spoon and cut them with a knife into pleasing half moons.
    Squeeze lemon fresh, we need 20g lemon juice. Mix the juice with 15g olive oil, 10g agave syrup, 2 pinches of salt and 3 pinches of pepper.
    Mix with the cucumbers and decorate with pink peppercorns in a bowl.
    Gurkensalat mit Zitrone
Cucumber salad yoghurt
  • Leave the cucumbers with the skin, halve them and remove the seeds with a spoon.
    For the dressing, mix 60g of lean yoghurt, 5g lemon juice, 10g sugar, 5g oil, 2 pinches of salt, 2 pinches of white pepper and 1 pinch of cayenne pepper.
    For the topping, cut 6 fresh mint leaves into fine strips and sprinkle over the cucumber in a bowl.
    Gurkensalat mit Joghurt
Cucumber salad sour cream
  • The cucumbers are pinned crosswise.
    Mix the dressing from 60g of sour cream or cream, dill tips from half a bunch of fresh dill, 5g of lemon juice, 2 pinches of salt and 3 pinches of pepper.
    Gurkensalat mit Schmand
Cucumber salad with coconut milk and curry
  • Hollow out the cucumber and cut it into 1/2cm cubes.
    Add 50g coconut milk with 6g lime juice and 2g curry, 2 pinches of salt and 1 pinch of sugar.
    Mix into the cucumber cubes, cut the leaves of 2 fresh coriander stems finely and stir into the salad. Garnish with flower petals to taste.
    Gurkensalat mit Curry

4.Calories and Nutritional Values

Note: When calculating the nutritional values, the cucumber king has been sneakily :-). The following nutritional value calculation refers to the entire recipe with 12 cucumbers. 100g cucumber salad with vinegar oil dressing contains about 60 kcal.

Nutrition Facts
Cucumber Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 720 Calories from Fat 531
% Daily Value*
Fat 59g91%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Polyunsaturated Fat 13g
Monounsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 1334mg58%
Potassium 1152mg33%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 16g32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

5. Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the cucumber salad go?

The cucumber salad is no loner on the table. Rather, the salad likes to accompany warm meat and fish dishes. It also goes well with warm vegetarian dishes. The salad is refreshing in summer for barbecues and a great snack companion.

Do I have to salt the pickles after slicing?

Cucumbers have a high water content. Salting and leaving them to rest allows parts of the water to escape. Removing the water and then marinating with the desired dressing gives the salad a better taste stability. The cucumber salad tastes strong for a longer period of time and only loses a little in taste.

Do I mix my dressing separately or do I add the dressing ingredients directly to the cucumber?

I recommend to put the cucumber sliced in a bowl aside. Then you should stir the dressing and season to taste. Fold the finished dressing into the salad and try again. Cucumbers tolerate salt, so if necessary add salt, pepper or sweeten again.

Should I remove the cucumber seeds or leave?

That's a matter of taste. The cucumber seeds are flat and white and are hardly noticeable when eaten. The kernels are coated with a glassy, slightly acidic liquid. This liquid is sometimes not desirable in salads. This is why the cucumber is hollowed out in some recipes. Cucumbers without seeds are more digestible and easier to digest.

Is that all? Is salad the only thing you can make with cucumber?

Nowhere near! There are great soup recipes for cold cucumber soup. We all know tzatziki with soured milk or yoghurt. Cooked cucumber vegetables are a fine vegetable garnish for fish. And... cucumber slices are great for your face 🙂

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