Mr.CBB’s Cucumber Radish Salad with Fresh Mint

Cucumbers and radish in the summer almost go together naturally,at least for us.Toss in some fresh mint and a lemon garlic dressing and you have a salad fit for any occasion that won’t dig into your pocket-book. It also looks elegant in a fancy serving dish perfect for any back yard gathering.

We grow Mentha also called Mint every year BUT,we don’t put it in the ground. If you know anything about mint you know that it will grow and it won’t stop as it has a network of runners that just keeps on giving but is very aromatic. We have grown both garden mint and lemon mint although there are many species of mint around the world.

We opt for putting it in a relatively decent sized pot so it has enough room to grow.The results are always..too much but we make good use of it. You know paying $1.99 for a small packet at the shops hurts the budget so growing it is our number one option. You can pick up packets at the dollar store for $0.50 and no effort required except water and partial shade but enjoys plenty of sun. If you have friends who grow mint, I’m sure they’d be happy to give you some as they likely have far too much.

Other Uses for Mint- as per Wikipedia

  • Alcoholic Beverages- such as the Mojito, Grasshopper,mint julep
  • Garnishes- to decorate.. we use mint to garnish in our home
  • Lamb- Nothing says mint more than Lamb which it is essential for optimal flavour especially in the UK where we eat lots of lamb.
  • Tea,Jelly,Syrup,Candy,Ice Cream..etc
  • Aromatherapy-essential oils but was once used as a room deodorizer by spreading it around the floors and stepping on it to release the smell.
  • Insecticides- such as Mint Oil to kill  Wasps,Hornets,Ants and Cockroaches
  • Medicinal Remedies- such as stomach pain and chest pains

When the summer rolls around you can’t stop your nose from smelling all the BBQ’s flaring up in and around the neighbourhood. Oh come on you know you’ve done it and wish they would invite you over… you know that Steak on the Barbie smell then you sniff it and close your eyes at the same time. Then you say to yourself,”why doesn’t it smell like that when I barbecue.”  You never know when a neighbour may pop around and invite you to a back yard party so be ready with some awesome summer fresh salads. One of our other favourite salads is Mr.CBB’s Cold Tuna Pasta Salad with a Kick. It’s a no brainer,frugal and relatively easy to make, as are all of our salads.

If your garden is over flowing with tomatoes or you load up as they typically go on sale at the shops in the summer give Mr.CBB’s Fresh Tomato salad with Basil, Fennel and Chickpeas a try. This salad is a hit every time we take it to a party.

So that’s it Mint is the flavour of this salad and I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 large seedless cucumber
  • 6 red radish
  • 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion minced

Dressing

  • 1/4 extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 fresh lemon juiced
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste

Preparation

  • In a bowl slice your cucumber not too thin but about 1/4 inch thick or to your liking
  • Slice up the radish fairly thin add to the cucumber
  • Mince up your red onion and add to the cucumber and radish
  • Toss in your fresh mint
  • In a jar combine the dressing ingredients and give it a shake. Taste for consistency and adjust salt as needed.
  • Add the dressing to the vegetables and mix
  • Serve at close to room temperature, but let the flavours meld together for about 15 minutes for optimal flavour.

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Mr. CBB
I’m from the UK and now a recent permanent resident in Canada. I bought my first house at the age of 21 after University then my second at the age of 24. I’ve always been fascinated with personal finance, savings, learning to make money and watch it grow while combating debts along the way. Canadian Budget Binder is a place where I get to share my experiences with personal finance and learn about yours along the way. I hope you stick around and check me out on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest where I am active on all social media sites. Cheers, Mr.CBB
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Comments

  1. Hello, just dropping by to Thank You for the “like” on my bog site. Also liked this recipe, hit the farmer’s market again this weekend. They had an over abundance of cucumbers, tomatoes, & radishes. This salad will fill the bill. :-)

    • Yes it’s that time of year and with an abundance of these vegetables it’s great to come up with new recipes. Thanks for dropping in.. Sunday is recipe day here at CBB!!! You’re welcome for the LIKE..I’m always on the hunt for something new and exciting to share with my fans!!! Cheers Mr.CBB

  2. I like that you’ve provided a list of uses for mint. I enjoy it in some sweets, infused into green tea, or mixed with other flavours (like orange zest and vanilla) and infused as an herbal tea. We also enjoy freshly dug new potatoes that have been boiled with a little mint in the cooking water.

    • Thanks, I try to give a little history behind ingredients now and then. I enjoy learning just like the next person. This is why i love to blog, simply for the free education that I am giving myself that I otherwise likely would not have. Cheers..

  3. Christine Weadick says:

    I have some catmint in my garden, given that it’s so pretty I don’t mind it roaming a little. If it gets too far it gets weeded out. We used to make a cucumber salad when I was a kid, very simple. Thinly slice the cukes, soak in salt water for a couple of hours or more( my grandma held that you had to soak it overnight to soak out the “poison” from the cukes).Drain and rinse. Add some thinly sliced onion and make a sour cream dressing for it. Mom and I always made a poor man’s version of the sour cream dressing….. plain salad dressing (Miracle Whip maybe) thinned out with left over sweet pickle juice. Amounts are up to you…..how many are you feeding and such. I save the pickle juice after we eat the pickles so I have the juice to use instead of dumping it down the drain. Enjoy!

    • Funny you mention that as I do use it but not often enough. I was going to ask the fans what they do with pickle juice! I will do that….. remind me in case I forget…I just think we should find ways to use it instead of dumping it. Cheers Mr.CBB

  4. Kristen @ For The Love Of Fiber says:

    Thanks so much for linking to my Cucumber, Radish, & Chick Pea Salad! :) I LOVE the idea of mint – will totally be making your version next!

    • You’re welcome… we love chick peas and use them often and thought we would try out your recipe as well. I hope you get a chance to browse around. Cheers Mate.. hook up on facebook and come say HI! Cheers Mr.CBB

  5. This salad looks amazing! I love the the addition of the mint :)

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