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Recipe: Hungarian Cucumber Salad

This recipe for Hungarian Cucumber Salad is one I grew up with as a child. We all love sour cream… my Dad and I could eat it with a spoon, we like it so much… so this salad was made in heaven for us… cucumbers, onions, sour cream and of course… paprika… what would a Hungarian cucumber salad be without paprika….

This is so....hmmmmm …. so good!

I make this all summer long when I can get cucumbers at local farm stands and farmers markets…. there is nothing like fresh produce used to make wonderful meals.


Recipe: Hungarian Cucumber Salad

All you need:

3 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium to large onion, thinly sliced (sweet onion preferred)
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice to taste
1 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika
Hungarian hot paprika to taste

All you need to do:

Place the sliced cucumber in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt.

Allow the cucumbers to rest for about 2 hours.

Water may accumulate at the bottom of the bowl… drain it.

Add the onion. Mix completely.

In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients and mix well.

Pour the sour cream dressing over the cucumbers and mix well.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Note: If you have leftovers …. The cucumbers will continue to draw water which will separate from the sour cream… just pour off the little bit of water that accumulates and stir the salad again.


girlichef May 12, 2009 at 9:37 AM  

This one sounds good, too. I've never tried it like this!

Donna-FFW May 12, 2009 at 12:33 PM  

This sounds delicious. I love cucumber salads .. my mom makes a similar one and calls it Polish:)

Linda May 12, 2009 at 12:39 PM  

LOL... you will find many many things that part of the world share in foods... I think what made this Hungarian was the Hungarian paprikas... it's my Grandmother's recipe... I'd be interested in knowing your Polish one... I'm sure it's good too. I love Polish food too.

Kathy December 24, 2010 at 11:48 PM  

OMG! I was so happy to see this recipe. This is MY Grandma's Hungarian every holiday and sometimes on Sunday recipe and a family favorite. Other Sundays it was just the Cuke, Onion and Vinegar "hungarian" with paprika recipe! Thank you for posting it


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