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Classic Scandinavian Cucumber and Dill Salad

This recipe is courtesy of my husband, Elliot, who's an excellent cook.
Gurkosalat med Dill
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Scandinavian


  • 1 English cucumber
  • 4 ounces distilled white vinegar, plus 1 ounce divided
  • 2 ounces water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Small handful of dill coarsely chopped


  • Wash and scrub the cucumber well, then slice thinly, ideally using a mandolin. Put the cucumber slices in a medium bowl and add 3 ounces vinegar, and the water, salt, and sugar, stirring as you go. Let it sit for 4-5 minutes, then drain off 2 ounces of the liquid—cucumbers release a lot of moisture. Add one additional ounce of vinegar, to taste, and stir again. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  • Sprinkle the dill over the salad and pack it down so all the dill is covered by liquid and let it sit until you’re ready to serve.
  • Stir, then serve.
Keyword cucumbers, dill