[Ilovemyshape.com] Today is the day when I just wanted something quick and refreshing. So for that I started scrutinizing the kitchen cabinets and fridge for the options I have. And while doing so my eyes caught one of the most beneficial incredible fruit, which I think will be best to enjoy without extra hassle. The mystery fruit is no doubt the cool cucumber. One of the best amongst the fruit kingdom. So yes I have cucumber and what I can do with it…? Let me think! Hmmmm…! Well as I am in mode of healthy eating or at least trying to do so. I can recall some of my favourite cucumber salad recipes which I can enjoy and satisfy my appetite.
And it’s not just today, in fact, to incorporate the healthy routine I am planning, adding different salads to my daily routine especially cucumber salad recipes will be great. Cucumber is one such great gift which can be utilised in many ways and many items. Eat it, slice it, peel it, don’t peel it, blend it, pickle it, rub it on skin, use in the hair mask, use in intoxicating water…think of anything I left … and you can use it for that. So, today I planned to share some quick cucumber salad recipes so that you can also sit on your relaxing chair, apply cucumber mask, and cucumber pieces on eyes and eat the freshening salad.
Cucumber Salad Recipes For Your Healthy Diet
- Simple Cucumber Salad
The most easy and ready salad recipe. Simply take around 2 to 3 cucumbers and slice them into thin pieces. Now it’s up to you that you want round cuts or wedge cuts. Prepare the dressing separately. Mix around 5 Tbsps of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar (as per choice), 2 – 3 Tbsps. extra virgin olive, 2 Tbsps water, salt, finely chopped chili pepper, finely chopped dills and freshly ground black pepper. It’s always better to toss in the dressing just before eating and enjoy chilled.
- Sour Cream Cucumber Salad
Another of my favourites is to induce some form of the rich texture and creamy flavour to my cucumber salad recipes. There are whole lot ways to do so. Best can be to utilise sour cream (use reduced fat one if you desire). The tangy creamy touch with fresh, firm cucumber makes its extra delightful. Simply take cucumber sand don’t peel the skin because that what will give the extra crisp taste. Thinly slice either in half-moon or circle. Separately mix sour cream (1/2 cup) with lemon juice (2tbsps), salt, black pepper and parsley (or fresh dills). Now you can add extra touch and flavours like add onion thinly sliced (preferably in wedge cutting). Also, can add black olives. For extra zing you can add 3 – 4 cloves of garlic pressed. It’s totally your taste that you want garlic or not.
- Pickled Cucumber Salad (marinaded cucumber)
One way in which I love having cucumbers is to pickle them. That’s another way to enjoy especially in summers. This very tangy flavour actually give birth to numerous ideas to use cucumber and in many ways. One such was to amend a little to be used in salads. The fermentation is escaped, instead little marination is enough to give that sour taste.
Simply pour the equal amount of sugar, vinegar and around half amount of water in a pan and bring to boil. Then remove from burner. Cut cucumbers and place in the bowl. Pour the vinegar mixture and refrigerate for overnight. Strain the liquid next day and make a quick salad by adding some salt, pepper and parsley or dills. There can be variations in it. Some simply mix vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, water and oil and toss cucumber in it for coating and leave to marinate for some hours. You can add tomatoes and onion too, as well as mix sour cream at the end to give extra richness.
- Yogurt cucumber salad
The best part of yogurt is this that it can make things more refreshing and soothing. Mix with cucumber it can give that creamy texture and richness which can make it more tempting either as a starter or side dish. Simply peel cucumbers and slice then into spears. Now mix 1/2 cup yogurt, 2 tbsps olive oil, a small amount of minced garlic (1 – 2 tbsps), sugar (1 tbsp), black pepper, some chopped dills and lemon juice (2tbsps). Separately pour salt on cucumber and leave for a while. After some time slowly mix cucumbers in the yogurt and enjoy. You can also add walnuts to enjoy along.
- Cucumber Cheese salad
Yeah well….. ! I can just dig into this combination on and off. One of my favourite section of cucumber salad recipes where I don’t think too much about all those calories and stuff and immerse in deep pleasuring taste. For this killer combination just take cucumbers and slice them. Sprinkle some salt and leave for a while. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing by crumbling around 200g feta cheese and mixing with a small amount of olive oil, salt, pepper, (can try red chilli flakes), 4 tbsps olive oil and 2 tbsps lemon juice. Mix well so that texture is uniform. You can replace feta with soft goat cheese or ricotta if you desire. Now slowly fold the cucumbers in. You can add tomatoes and onions to make it more versatile. Just cut them in cubes and mix in for that extra zest of flavours as well as colours to your salad.
The Bottom Line
Cucumber which is having around 95% to 96% water content is famous for having the three lignans, lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresino which as per research have a strong connection to reduce the risk of several cancers. Even the skin of contains 10% of daily recommended vitamin c. It’s not just eating there are many other uses like bad breath or sunburn remedy etc. So to add this healthy fruit is top most priority. Cucumber salad recipes are best way to do so and to make it, easy my collective style cucumber salad recipes at Ilovemyshape.com surely will help you out.
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