6 Cucumber salads

sour cream & horseradish, yogurt & chili, vinegar salads

sour cream & horseradish, yogurt & chili, vinegar salads

Cucumbers are underrated. They are fresh, crispy and versatile all year long. I used to love cucumber sandwiches in my youth. Just bread, butter and cucumber with plenty of salt and pepper. My husband’s favorite horsdouvre has always been cucumber, cream cheese and dill on party rye. Cucumber makes a wonderful chilled soup and can be used to garnish chilled poached salmon. So clearly it can go from simple to fancy.

Today I am thinking cucumber salads. I make several variations to go with different meals.  Some cool down a spicy meal and others add the spice to an otherwise bland meal.  They can lighten a heavy meal or add some needed richness. I am not claiming to have written any of these, they are just riffs on some classics.

6 Cucumber Salads

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yogurt variations

1 English cucumber

1 cup plain yogurt

Generous amounts of salt and pepper

The cucumber may be sliced very thin or into chunks. you may peel and seed but I usually don’t as I like the color and textures.

I used to recommend Greek yogurt, but as it has gotten more popular I am finding some brands are too thick. You may thin the yogurt with milk if needed.

Here are 4 yogurt variations

1. 1 Tablespoon finely chopped mint and 3 thinly sliced green onions.

2. 1Tablespoon chopped cilantro and 2 teaspoon ground cumin.

(1 & 2 are great with something spicy like a curry to cool things down.)

3. 2 teaspoons cumin and 1 fresno chili minced.

(This one will compliment a blander meal like baked chicken.)

4. 1 Tablespoon chopped dill and 1 shallot chopped.

(This one is perfect with fish)

A vinegar based cucumber salad

1 English cucumber sliced very thin

1 small red onion sliced very thin

1/2  cup apple cider vinegar

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 Tablespoon chopped dill

1. Dissolve the sugar and salt in the vinegar.

2. Pour vinegar mixture over cucumbers. Let sit about 1hour.

3. Stir  in the dill

This one is good with creamy dishes or burgers.

Sour cream variation

1 English cucumber sliced thin

1 yellow onion sliced thin

1 cup sour cream

1 Tablespoon chopped dill

1 Tablespoon prepared horseradish ( You will want to taste your horseradish and adjust amount to your taste. There is huge variability as to strength of horseradish)

Salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix everything together.

This one is excellent with steak or salmon.

Experiment with different herbs and combinations. Have fun! 

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