Not All German Food is Heavy – Fresh Cucumber Salad & Soup – Quick German Recipes

cucmber salad - cucumber soup

Most people associate German food with starchy potatoes, heavy gravy and lots of meat, but there are great German recipes that are perfect for summer, like Cucumber Soup and Cucumber Salad. My cooking skills are not the greatest, but I can make a mean Gurkensalat! And soon, I’ll have to give the Kalte Gurkensuppe recipe a try. The following recipes are from Quick German authored by Oma Gerhild. Be sure to follow Oma Gerhild and Quick German Recipes on Facebook for more recipes, suggestions, cooking tips and fun German things. She’s simply fabulous!

Chilled Cucumber Soup Recipe

cold cucumber soup


  • 2 English cucumbers (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (preferably light)
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt, freshly ground pepper, dill


  • Cut off about ¼ of one of the cucumber and set it aside to use for garnishing.
  • Coarse chop the remaining cucumbers and put into blender. Add olive oil, yogurt, lemon juice, and sugar. Blend on high until smooth. You may need to add a bit of water to get the proper consistency.
  • Season with salt, freshly ground pepper, and dill.
  • Dice reserved cucumber and use as a garnish.
  • Makes 4 servings

German Cucumber Salad Recipe

German Cucumber Salad Recipe


  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp dill, preferably fresh (or more to taste)
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • salt and pepper


  • Put thinly sliced cucumbers into serving bowl.
  • In separate bowl, mix sour cream, dill, lemon juice, and sugar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Just before serving, pour dressing over cucumbers and mix.
  • Serves 4.


  • If you have time, you can pre-slice the cucumbers and sprinkle them with a little salt and let them stand. Pour off the accumulated cucumber “water” BEFORE adding the dressing.
  • Use vinegar instead of lemon juice.
  • Use low fat sour cream or plain yogurt instead of the regular sour cream.

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