Mediterranean Cucumber salad is a healthy, bright and refreshing salad for warm days. Made with just 4 ingredients, it is simple and tasty with a light citrus dressing.
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Ingredients for the salad
The warm weather is slowly beginning to settle in, which also means that fresh cucumbers have started rolling into our fresh markets and farmers markets here.
This quick and easy Mediterranean Cucumber Salad is made with just four ingredients:
- Red Onion/Shallots
- Fresh Dill /or any herb of your choice
These when tossed with a light dressing of extra virgin Olive Oil and Lemon Juice, makes it a deliciously fresh and healthy salad.
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Mediterranean Cucumber Salad Recipe
- Amount Per ServingCalories478
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 43g 67%
- Saturated Fat 6g 30%
- Trans Fat g
- Cholesterol mg 0%
- Sodium 27mg 2%
- Potassium 983mg 29%
- Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
- Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
- Sugars 11g
- Protein 4g 8%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
This Mediterranean Cucumber salad takes just 10 minutes to prepare from start to finish. A perfect side to anything you are making on a warm summer day.
The red onions (or if you so prefer a milder version use the shallots), along with the peppery radish compliment the cool cucumbers in this salad.The freshly chopped dill adds a fresh and bright flavor to this salad ( you can replace the dill with fresh mint, parsley or basil if you so prefer).
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Which kind of cucumber is best for cucumber salad?
English cucumbers with their thin, dark, edible green skin are best used in this salad.Not only are they seedless which makes them less watery and sweeter, their thin skin requires no peeling and hence can be eaten as such.These cucumbers are also called the hot-house cucumbers.
While all parts of a cucumber are naturally full of water, it’s the seeds that contain the most liquid. So by choosing English cucumber, you’ve already lessened this problem.
But if you cannot find English cucumbers in your area, the normal slicing cucumbers will work too.Make sure to peel the waxy skin of these slicing cucumbers before you add them to your salad.
Do I need to drain or sweat the cucumber before using it in this salad?
If you are not planning to serve the cucumber right away, it is important to drain/sweat the cucumber.
You can do this by salting the sliced pieces of cucumber and placing them in a large colander in your sink. This will drain out any excess water. You don’t have to worry about the salt since that will drain with the water in the cucumber.
Cucumber salads are best served fresh. But if you need to prepare them ahead, then drain them, give them a quick wipe and proceed to add them in your salad.
How do I cut cucumbers for this salad?
One may use a sharp knife to thinly slice the cucumbers or you may use a cucumber slicer or a mandolin slicer to get the nice and round slices of thin cucumber.
Can I use any other herb in place of dill?
If fresh dill is not available you can use dry dill weed.
1 tbsp of fresh dill = 1 tsp of dry dill weed. This recipe calls for 4 tsp of dry dill weed.
If you don’t like the taste of dill, you may use parsley, mint or basil instead.
How to make this cucumber salad?
This cucumber salad is quick and easy to make.
- In a large mixing bowl add the round slices of sliced cucumber.
- To this add the similarly sliced radish, thin sliced onions and fresh dill ( if using fresh dill)
- Next in a small jar mix the dressing ingredients like – 4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, 2 tbsp of white wine vinegar, along with 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 tsp of dry oregano, (dried dill if using dry weed), salt and pepper. Whisk well to combine.
- Pour the dressing over the salad. Mix and serve.
Want more Mediterranean flavors, go on sprinkle some creamy feta cheese and pitted kalamata olives too, to the salad.
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Links to our other cucumber recipes
- All about Cucumber
- Cucumber Raita
- Baked Cucumber Cake
- Cucumber Chutney
- Mango Cucumber Salsa
- Cucumber Pancake/Dosa
- Mediterranean Cucumber Salad
The Bottom Line
Mediterranean salad is low-calorie and nutrient-dense.It provides you with a healthy dose of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and iron. It also contains phytonutrients and antioxidants, and has so many health benefits.
Try our Mediterranean Cucumber salad today!
Feel free to make a meal out of it, or serve it as a side. It’s your call we think you are going to love it!
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