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Best Cucumber Salad

Made with green onion, dill, sweet paprika, and a simple vinaigrette, this is the best cucumber salad you will ever have.

Cucumber salad with dill and paprika in a bowl

One of the best cucumber salads out there

This recipe has Hungarian roots, but Germans and other people living in Transylvania make it the same.

The use of paprika is very popular in Hungarian and Transylvanian cuisine due to the ethnic influences.

I saw my grandmother making this recipe in the summer while growing up, and I also made it myself many times.

I love a good cucumber salad next to grilled meats, fried potatoes, or a good schnitzel.

I researched many cucumber recipe salads from that part of the world, and they all agree on something very important:

You need to make this salad at least half an hour before you serve it, so the ingredients have time to get friendly with each other.

What kind of cucumbers would be suitable for this salad?

I love good cucumbers in the summer, especially medium-sized and seedless ones. If they have seeds, I usually remove them.

Keep the small ones for pickles (See here my favorite and also the most popular recipe on the site), and use the ones larger in size.

English cucumbers are also delicious.

cucumbers and tomatoes

How to make this cucumber salad:

To make this salad is actually super easy. Start by cleaning the cucumbers first and peeling them. After that,  slice them really thin.

The secret stays in how thin you slice the cucumbers, as they basically need to marinate for a while in the dressing.

A mandoline is perfect for the job, but if you don’t have one, a knife will work as well.

Place them in a colander and salt them lightly so they release some water. They need to sweat and release the water, exactly the same way when you cook eggplant or make zucchini patties.

While the cucumbers are draining, chop the onion and the fresh dill.

What kind of onions should I use?

Green onions are so good in the summer, but if you make the salad in the winter, or when greens onions are not available, use red or yellow onions that you thinly slice.

Can I use dried dill?

Because this is a summer salad, again, I strongly encourage you to use fresh dill. However, if you do not have that, but you have dried dill, frozen, or some other forms of preserved dill, use what you have.

cucumber salad with green onion and dill in a bowl

Place the cucumbers in a salad bowl, add the onions and mix gently to combine.

Separate, make the vinaigrette by mixing together the vinegar, water, oil, salt, and a little bit of sugar. The sugar will balance the acidity of the vinegar and bring the flavors together.

Add the vinaigrette over the salad and gently coat the cucumbers and onions with it. Add the dill and mix again.

Dust the cucumbers with sweet paprika if you like, or just serve it as is.

cucumbers salad with sweet paprika sprinkled on top

The salad needs to sit before you serve it for about half hour, so the ingredients get marinated in the vinaigrette.

Serve it with Chicken Schnitzel(one of my favorites), or Scalloped potatoes with hard boiled eggs. 

You might also like New potatoes with dill and butter and Romanian meatballs(yumm!)

All these summer dishes are perfect with this cucumber salad that you will make over and over again.

More recipes to enjoy:

Classic Caprese Salad

Quick Tomato Cucumber And Pepper Summer Salad

Summer Lacto-Fermented Dill Pickled Cucumbers

Tomato Cucumbers Feta Salad Recipe


Yield: 4 servings

Best Cucumber Salad

cucumber salad in a white bowl

This is the best cucumber salad- an unforgotten summer recipe that can be made over and over again. Delicious and simple.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


For the salad:

  • 3-4 medium cucumbers or 1 English cucumber sliced thin
  • 2-3 green onions or 1 small onion sliced
  • 1 pinch of salt for cucumbers
  • 1 small bunch of dill chopped(or a handful)
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika

For the vinaigrette:

  • 2-3 tablespoons white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil(like sunflower oil, olive oil)


  1. Slice cucumbers very thin and place the slices with a pinch of salt on a colander to remove some of the water. Let them sit for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Squeeze the cucumbers to remove the water before placing them in a salad bowl.
  3. Meanwhile, slice the onions and the dill.
  4. Place the cucumbers in a salad bowl and add onion and dill.
  5. Make the vinaigrette:
  6. Mix vinegar, water, oil, salt and sugar together and bathe the vegetables with it. Toss the cucumbers in the vinaigrette and let the salad marinate for about 25-30 minutes before serving.
  7. Ooptional sprinkle sweet paprika over the salad and serve.
  8. It goes really well with grilled meats, potatoes etc.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 573mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g

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