BEST CUCUMBER SALAD WITH FRESH FLAVOUR AND CRUNCH
I wanted to create an easy cucumber salad bursting with flavour and fresh herbs as our first summer salad dish.
This Lemon Dill Cucumber Salad with Feta is perfect for a keto diet and inspired by one of my favourites, the Greek Salad.
During the summer months I want nothing more than various fresh salads and to fire up the grill with top-quality cuts of meats and fish.
Cucumber Salad with fresh herbs and vegetables
Let’s face it, there are not many cucumber recipes that aren’t salad related because it’s the ideal salad ingredient.
Fresh cucumbers are mainly enjoyed by consumers sliced, pickled or eaten whole and also known as cukes.
Our herb garden has been growing so fast that we have an abundance of fresh dill, basil, chives, parsley, and mint.
What I like about this cucumber salad recipe is that you can add to it whatever you like, such as tomatoes and olives.
Our picky eater loves cucumbers
Having a child that is a picky eater is tough and out of every vegetable in the grocery store, he loves seedless cucumbers.
We try to always buy seedless cucumbers at the grocery store each week so he continues to enjoy it but also so that he sees us eat it.
I’m sure as he gets older he will gravitate to other types of vegetables but for now, we will take what we can get from him.
During the summer months, you can find seedless cucumbers at the grocery store or farmer’s market for about $1.
What is a cucumber?
Cucumber is a low calorie, water-packed vegetable originally from South Asia but grown all over Ontario in greenhouses and gardens during the summer months.
Fruit or Vegetable- Cucumber
Did you know that cucumbers are actually a fruit?
Yes, since they have enclosed seeds and develop from a flower a cucumber is actually a fruit but eaten as a vegetable.
Cucumbers are a creeping vine which means they root in the ground and grow up as a tomato plant would.
The best way to keep your cucumber plants growing steadily is to provide them a trellis or stick structure to cling to.
Cucumbers are from the gourd family of squash, pumpkin, and watermelon also known as Cucurbitaceae.
Interesting fact: Cucumbers are mentioned in the Bible as one of the foods eaten by the Israelites in Egypt.- Wikipedia
3 Types of Popular Cucumbers
There are three main types of cucumbers that you will find in North America but almost 100 varieties around the world.
Common ones include the English, garden, Persian, mini, and lemon.- Cucumber Pdf.
These 3 types can be used for a sliced cucumber salad.
- Seedless Cucumbers
- Mini Cucumbers
- Seeded Cucumbers
The English cucumber is the longest, is narrow, and is often marketed in a plastic wrap.
The skin of English cucumbers is thin and often does not require peeling. In contrast, the garden cucumber has a dark waxy skin.
The skin is normally removed by consumers because of its bitter taste.
Persian cucumbers are called burpless because they tend to be smaller, sweeter, and seedless.
The skin is smoother, thinner, and, similar to the English variety, does not require peeling.
These cucumbers tend to be milder and easier on the digestive system. Kirby cucumbers are the smallest.
These mini cucumbers are becoming popular in the marketplace due to consumer preferences.
They have a wide variety of skin colors ranging from yellow to dark green.
Lemon cucumbers are round and yellow, resembling lemons, but they are sweet, have thin skins, and contain seeds.
Cucumber Nutrition Facts
Cucumbers have many health benefits starting with curbing dehydration since they are 95% water.
Cucumbers- field 125 mL, Vitamin C, Folate June to October
Cucumbers-greenhouse 125 mL, Vitamin C, Folate January to December
Health Benefits of Cucumbers
You also find many benefits in cucumbers such as;
- Low in Calories with dietary fibre in the skin which helps lower blood pressure and helps with constipation.
- The key benefit of cucumbers is that they are high in Vitamin K which is great for your bone health.
- Cucumbers are high in potassium
In a 100-gram serving, raw cucumber (with peel) is 95% water, provides 67 kilojoules (16 kilocalories) and supplies low content of essential nutrients, as it is notable only for vitamin K at 16% of the Daily Value (table).- Wikipedia
All About Cucumbers
You can read lots more interesting facts All About Cucumbers in North America
The best cucumber salad with lemon, dill and feta cheese
If you’re looking for a quick cucumber salad to make this summer, I’ve got you covered.
This lemon, dill, cucumber salad with feta is a marinated cucumber salad that you can use fresh or dry herbs with.
The cucumber salad dressing is a combined freshly squeezed lemon juice, pink Himalayan salt and either avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil.
We buy our Pink Himilayan Salt made by Yupik on Amazon for $14.99 as it is the best price and quality that we’ve found.
What is feta cheese?
I suggest purchasing high-quality feta as it will make a difference in taste for your cucumber salad.
Feta is a brined curd white cheese made in Greece from sheep’s milk or from a mixture of sheep and goat’s milk.
It is a crumbly aged cheese, commonly produced in blocks, and has a slightly grainy texture. Feta is used as a table cheese, as well as in salads and pastries. – Wikipedia feta
You can find feta cheese at almost every grocery store in Canada if you look in the dairy and cheese section.
- 1 large seedless cucumber
- ¼ cup red onion
- 1 cup crumbled Greek Feta Cheese
- ¼ cup extra virgin Olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt
- 1 fresh lemon juiced
- 2 cloves of fresh minced garlic
- ¼ cup fresh or dry dill
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- On your cutting board slice your washed seedless cucumber into ½ inch slices or however small or large you like.
- Put the sliced cucumbers in a large serving bowl.
- If your feta doesn't come crumbled simply break it up with your fingers in a bowl and add it to the cucumbers.
- In a jar add your freshly squeezed lemon, oregano, dill, salt, and extra virgin olive oil and shake until combined a minute.
- Pour over the cucumbers and feta and mix with a spoon.
- Let the cucumber sit and marinate about 15 minutes on the counter at room temperature or enjoy it right away.
Feta 32 grams of Fat- 6 net carbs, Extra Virgin Olive Oil 54 grams of fat, Cucumber 3 cups 12 grams carbs net carbs 9, Dill 0.1 g, Lemon 6.5 net carbs, Oregano 0.6g.
Total Net Carbs for recipe: 22.2 or 5.5 net carbs for 4 servings.
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