Easy Healthy Cucumber Salad

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When was the last time that had cucumbers? Cucumbers deserve more than to be tossed carelessly into your next salad without thought or honor. Cucumbers want to be the star of the show, well at least sometimes. This recipe for healthy cucumber salad is everything that your palate needs with just a few choice ingredients.

It’s simple, light delicious, guiltless and healthy. You can even slurp down the the leftover juice after the cucumbers are long gone. I certainly did.

Cucumber salad takes my back to being a little girl growing up in the Caribbean. My parents made it often to go along dishes like sous and saltfish. I prefered salt fish over sous, but all the same the cucumber salad made all the difference.

There are many variations on this salad. But, whenever I’ve had it at any of my Caribbean homes, it has always been the same.

Did you know the cucumbers are actually fruits and not vegetables? This long slender fruit is quite hydrating, low in calories and high in key nutrients like magnesium, vitamin c, manganese and vitamin k. This is one of the reasons that cucumbers make great additions to fresh juices and even “spa water” that you can easily make at home.

When it comes to beauty tips, slices of cucumbers are often used under the eyes to treat dark circles. Silica and antioxidants found in cucumbers can even lessen dark circles.

You can pair this healthy cucumber salad with a dish like kale and mushroom frittata, lemon herb chicken or coconut curry shrimp.

Personally, I could just eat them all by themselves. The other day, I paired the cucumber salad alongside some spicy curry chicken. It turned out to be the perfect balance for the meal.

If you have any leftovers, just store the cucumber salad inside of an air-tight container inside the refrigerator. This is a great summer salad and a perfect way to use up leftover produce.

In this variation I used mainly cucumbers and shallots but, you can add hot peppers, carrots, bell peppers or anything you want.

We have some cucumbers growing in our family garden this year. That means there will be lots more delicious cucumber salad to go around.

Kitchen Tip: For this healthy cucumber recipe, it’s important to start with very thinly sliced cucumbers. You can use a good knife or use a mandoline to get the slices just right.

Important tip: Let all the ingredients still in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes before enjoying. But, for the most flavorful cucumber salad, it’s best to have everything sit in the refrigerator over night.

By the way, I know I said it already but feel free to add hot pepper or scotch bonnet to this salad. You can also add hot pepper sauce at the end.

My Caribbean folks are already looking for the pepper. I made this version pepper free for the kiddies but feel free to add it to the recipe if you’d like.

Yield: 4

Healthy Cucumber Salad

Healthy Cucumber Salad

A simple and healthy recipe for cucumber salad with ingredients that you can feel good about serving.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar or juice of one small lime
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp chopped chives
  • 1/4 cup shallots or red onion (thinly sliced)

Instructions

  1. In medium sized bowl add cucumbers, vinegar, olive oil.
  2. Mix well to coat the cucumbers.
  3. Next add salt, garlic, shallots and chives.
  4. Stir gently and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
  5. The longer it sits the better it tastes so if you can let it sit overnight in the fridge that's even better.
  6. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 153Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 0mgSodium 330mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 1gSugar 10gProtein 1g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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