You are going to love this German Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream Dressing that taste just like I remember my Oma making when I was a child.
German Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream Dressing is the perfect salad to make with all the fresh cucumbers showing up in farmer's markets, grocery stores and even your own garden.
This salad brings back many memories for me because it's very similar to the salad my grandmother, or Oma, made for us many years ago. My mother learned how to make the salad from Oma as well and now I make it for my family.
Our garden has been exploding this summer! I guess it's giving back two-fold since we didn't plant a garden last year...well that's what I like to think. Here's a photo from just one day's gathering.
This photo doesn't even show the jalapeno peppers, green beans or summer squash. Tomatoes are beginning to ripen and our pumpkins are coming along nicely too! Yes pumpkins!
But now, let's get back to the salad. I've made this a few times already for my family this summer. I even used cucumbers from the grocery store and the salad still came out amazing.
When I was looking at other recipes for this salad they all seem to skip the most important step that my Oma and my mother did...you need to salt the cucumbers and let them drain to remove the excess water. Do not skip this step!
I've had other cucumber salad's where they are watery and just don't have the same taste as when you salt the cucumbers first. I include photos so you can see how easy it is to do this part of the recipe.
German Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream Dressing
Just like Oma Behr's Recipe!
This sour cream dressing is amazing. I like to double the recipe and store it in a mason jar.
You don't need to peel the cucumbers, but I like to. You do, however, need to slice them VERY thin. That's another secret to this recipe. You do not want a thick cucumber for the salad. Using a mandoline is the best tool to get your cucumbers really thin.
The cucumbers are so thin you really can see through them!
Do Not Skip this Most Important Step for the Cucumber Salad
Now, the most important step. Place the cucumbers in a colander.
Salt them. Be generous with the salt as you want to remove as much excess water as possible. If the cucumbers are extremely fresh, as mine are, you will be surprised how much water are in them.
Cover them with a paper towel.
And then weigh them down. I like to use a plate, a bowl and a big mug. It doesn't really matter what you use, just weigh them down because this will help push the water out. Let the cucumbers sit like this for an hour or so. You can leave it on the kitchen counter.
Look at all that water! That would have ended up in your salad if you didn't salt the cucumbers.
But we're not done yet. There's still a ton of water in the cucumbers! Take them in your hand and squeeze them over the same bowl. Go ahead, don't be shy...squeeze the cucumbers dry!
Now we're ready to add the dressing. I love to use my House Seasoning but salt and pepper work great too. If you have dill, you can add one tablespoon dill in place of the chopped chives. I also like to add thinly sliced red onion sometimes too. I really do love my Batter Bowl. It's not only great to use as a mixing bowl, but with the lid, you can store the salad in the refrigerator and keep it fresh.
The salad is ready to enjoy...but, like with everything else in life, it does taste better after it's been refrigerated for a few hours. But go ahead, taste it and see if you need more salt and pepper.
Delicious. I love this cucumber salad and the memories it brings to me every time I make it.
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