Cucumber Salad Recipe with 6 Variations

Cucumber salad variants
Cucumber Salad Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt

Author:
is a chef, food photographer and cookbook author.
Here he shares recipes, answers cooking questions and helps with cooking.

Today I will show you my Cucumber Salad Recipe.

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. Recipe Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad

Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 720
Total Time 30 Min.

Simple instructions for the preparation of cucumber salad in more than 6 variants.

Rate Now!

5.00 from 404 ratings

Cucumber salad variants
Cucumber Salad Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt

Preparation Time

15 Min.

Cook Time

15 Min.

Ingredients

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

Instruction

Cucumber
Fresh mini cucumbers are the finest cucumbers, making them the perfect choice for a cucumber salad.

Prepare cucumbers

Wash and dry the cucumbers.

–> Small cucumbers are tastier.

–> Peel cucumbers: For large cucumbers, please cut off the bitter, thin end first.

Types of cuts for fresh cucumbers
Types of cuts for cucumbers for a fresh cucumber salad.

Cutting cucumbers

Decide to peel or not to peel and the desired cucumber cut.

Cucumber salad vinegar/oil

Cucumber salad vinegar, oil
Cucumber salad with vinegar and oil

Classic Dressing

For the classic cucumber salad, cucumber slices are sliced from the peeled cucumber.

The dressing consists of:

–> 20 g white wine vinegar,

–> 20 g vegetable oil,

–> some fresh dill tips,

–> 2 pinches of salt,

–> 3 pinches of pepper,

–> 3 pinches of sugar.

Cucumber salad Asia

Asian cucumber salad

Asia Dressing

For our East Asian version of a cucumber salad, slice the cucumbers with the skin lengthwise.

The dressing consists of

–> 20 g rice vinegar,

–> 2 g soy sauce,

–> 20 g sesame oil,

–> 5 g agave syrup and

–> some grated fresh ginger.

2 teaspoons of sesame seed are added for decoration.

Cucumber salad lemon

Cucumber salad with lemon

Lemon Dressing

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

–> 20 g lemon juice.

–> Mix the juice with 15 g olive oil,

–> 10 g agave syrup,

–> 2 pinches of salt and

–> 3 pinches of pepper.

Mix with the cucumbers and decorate with red peppercorns in a bowl.

Cucumber salad yoghurt

Cucumber salad with yogurt

Yoghurt Dressing

Leave the cucumbers with the skin, halve them and remove the seeds with a spoon.

For the dressing,

–> Mix 60 g of lean yoghurt,

–> 5 g lemon juice,

–> 10 g sugar,

–> 5 g 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.

Cucumber salad sour cream

Cucumber salad with sour cream

Sour Cream Dressing

The cucumbers are pinned crosswise.

Mix the dressing from

–> 60 g of sour cream or cream,

–> dill tips from half a bunch of fresh dill,

–> 5 g of lemon juice,

–> 2 pinches of salt and

–> 3 pinches of pepper.

Cucumber salad with coconut milk and curry

Cucumber salad with curry

Curry Dressing

Hollow out the cucumber and cut it into 1/2 cm cubes.

–> Add 50 g coconut milk

–> with 6 g lime juice and

–> 2 g 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.

Video

2. 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.

3. 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.

Types of cuts for fresh cucumbers
Types of cuts for cucumbers for a fresh cucumber salad.Cucumber cuts for a fresh cucumber salad.

You can cut or slice cucumbers with a knife.

Cucumber slicer
The perfect slicer for the cucumber salad has very sharp blades!The perfect slicer for cucumber salad has very sharp blades!

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

Cucumber
Fresh mini cucumbers are the finest cucumbers, making them the perfect choice for a cucumber salad.Fresh mini-cookies are the finest cucumbers and therefore the perfect choice for your salad.

4. Cucumber Salad Dressings

Salad dressings for cucumber salad
There is no dressing code for your cucumber salad. You are spoiled for choice.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

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 thin cucumber slices are great for your face 🙂

6. Matching further Ideas

Prepare chilled, cold Cucumber Soup Recipe with Salmon Tartare or Avocado Tartare
Gyros Recipe – Greek Kitchen at Home with Cooking Video Guide
Gazpacho
Greek Salad
Fondue

Comments, Cooking Questions and Answers

5.00 from 404 ratings

Below you can write to me directly.
Please don't forget the star rating on the recipe, 5 stars means you liked it!