March 17, 2009

Cooling Dill-Cucumber Salad




Ingredients
1 large cucumber, peeled (if waxed)and sliced thinly
1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
3/4 oz fresh dill, chopped finely

dressing:
3/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
juice 1/2 lemon
salt
white pepper

Directions:
In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour the dressing over the remaining ingredients and toss to evenly distribute. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

My thoughts:
I sliced cucumber with my mandolin for the first time making this salad and it was so fast and they look so perfect I suddenly have the urge to make more cucumber dishes. Or this one again. Matt especially enjoyed the dressing, it was naturally thinned by the released liquid from the cucumbers and had a bright, fresh flavor. Perfect on a sandwich or as a side salad.

13 comments:

  1. That sounds like a refreshing light salad ~ I can't wait to try it!

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  2. I love cucumbers, what a great, light salad for spring and summer!

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  3. I had no idea cucumbers could be waxed! I love them, but it's a shame the price of them has doubled in the UK recently. Looks like a fantastic salad.

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  4. Looks like a perfect spring/summer side dish.

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  5. This sounds good....A tip for less Juicy cucumbers is to slice and salt them, let them sit over night to draw out the liquid then pat dry before adding dressing. It really makes a great differance!

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  6. YES. The mandolin and the cucumber - they love each other. I adore cucumber salads; this looks great.

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  7. Wow, you did a great job with your mandolin! I was under the (clearly mistaken) impression that there was no point to me getting a mandolin until I could save up for the Shun version - umm, I guess I was wrong! This looks as good as it gets :) Thanks for sharing.

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  8. This is one of my all-time favorite summer go-to salads. Yours looks much prettier of course.

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  9. Love this recipe! It looks so refreshing...great for Spring!

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  10. as spring has sprung it's now time for me to make more warm weather dishes. I made this dish tonight as cucumber salad dishes are always a favorite of my wife. My one comment is that the dressing gets watery, as the cucumbers release a lot of moisture after being sliced. I wonder if salting and pressing might keep the dressing a little thicker.
    Thanks again for another good recipe.
    Aaron

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  11. Aaron- Glad you enjoyed it. As I said in the description, it is a thin dressing. I personally prefer it that way- I just use a slotted spoon to serve. Of course if you'd like it thicker, feel free to salt + press.

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  12. Wonderful salad .... I did salt and press the cucumbers which left the dressing absolutely perfect. Thanks for a yummy recipe.

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