How To Make Swedish Cucumber Dill Salad

How To Make Swedish Cucumber Dill Salad

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Swedish Cucumber Dill Salad is a dish that always reminds me of my Swedish heritage. There are few dishes that make me feel as nostalgic for family dinners enjoyed when I was younger, and my ancestral roots. My mom was mostly the person to make it, but when I say it was my mom's, it was only hers because she is the one who actually prepared it. The recipe itself is a family recipe handed down from Swedish relatives on my father's side.

Swedish Cucumber Dill Salad is a cultural food tradition

The Smörgåsbord of every special holiday and family event in my family always included Swedish Cucumber Dill Salad. Crispy cucumbers doused in tangy vinegar, it's bite muted by the dissolved sugar make for a refreshing side dish. The dill is what makes the whole salad come alive though. Going with fresh dill is better than dry, but dry will do as well.

Even though it wasn't a special occasion, my late summer bumper crop of cucumbers made it an easy decision to make a couple of batches. What I love about this salad is it is so simple and easy to make too. If you have a mandoline, slicing the cucumbers can be done in minutes.

Recipe and instructions are below.


1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 medium cucumbers
2 teaspoons dill weed or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill


Step 1) Combine vinegar, sugar, water, salt and pepper in sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, make sure all the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

Step 2) Peel the cucumber leaving alternate strips. Cut cucumbers in thin slices (between 1/8 and 1/4 inch).

Step 3) Combine slices and liquid mixture in a bowl, then sprinkle with the dill. Toss gently and chill for 2-3 hours prior to serving.

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