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This is a refreshing salad and perfect foil for Chicken paprikash. Great summer cold plate dish.

Hungarian Cucumber Salad, Uborkasalata

super easy refreshing salad for summers or with Hungarian entrees anytime.
Course: Salad, Sidedish
Cuisine: Hungarian


  • 2 Good fresh cucumber -I like the long English cukes.
  • 1/4 cup A Light vinegar- white or white wine
  • 2 tbsp water
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 5 scallions sliced
  • (opt) fresh dill sprigs torn into little pieces


  • First, use a vegetable peeler to get the cucumber sliced as thinly as possible, yet keeping the round slice.
  • Then, mix vinegar and water to taste I like 1:2 ratio of vinegar to water. You may like it stronger... taste it to give the acidity you like.
  • Sea salt and Cracked fresh black pepper to taste.
  • Five or so scallions sliced thin
  • Mix and refrigerate, covered, for an hour or more.
  • That's it. If you have the dill sprinkle it on top for a nice variation.


Some recipes call for additions of sour cream or sugar. I like neither, but you can fix it that way if you want.Some add oil and I say "no,no, no"
Alternative recipe:
  1. Slice thinly into a bowl, 2 Cucumbers washed and peeled.
  2. Sprinkle 2 teas. salt. and small onion. Mix and set aside 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, mix 3 Tbs. water, 1/2 teas. sugar, 1/4 teas. paprika, 1/4 teas. pepper.
  4. Squeeze cucumbers a little at a time, discarding liquid and put in bowl.
  5. Pour vinegar mixture over cucumbers and toss.
  6. Sprinkle 1/4 teas. paprika. Chill 1 hour.
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