Fresh Cucumber Salad

The abundance of summer garden fresh vegetables such as cucumbers make for wonderful, simple summer salads.This easy cucumber salad is great side dish with any meal.

 

Fresh Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1½ large cucumbers
  • 1-2 tsp. sea salt (for salting the cucumber)
  • 4 large green onions
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • ¼ cup extra virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 1/8 tsp. fresh pepper

Directions:

  1.  Slice cucumber very finely (If you have a Mandolin Slicer, set to 1/8” thick).  Sprinkle cucumber liberally with salt and let sit in a colander in your sink for 1 hour to drain liquids.
  2. 
Rinse cucumber thoroughly to be sure you’ve rinsed all the salt off.  Let the cucumber slices drain on paper towels or a clean towel to dry completely.
  3. Slice green onions.  Finely chop cilantro.  Finely zest lemon.  Combine onions, cilantro, lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil and pepper and stir to combine.
  4. Pour dressing over the cucumber, stir to incorporate and serve!  You can refrigerate this salad for several hours up to overnight.

Cheers to a healthier you!

dr. ingrid


Lunch in a Jar

Lunch in a jar

A clever idea to a healthy lunch!

The one thing to remember about salad in a jar is that your dressing goes on the bottom so therefore, you should only use things that do well “marinating” in dressing because the 2nd layer is going to be touching the dressing. The rest is pretty easy, here is a quick guide on how to make a salad in a jar.

1. Start by putting 2 Tablespoons of dressing into the bottom of the jar (see Balsamic Dressing below).

2. Add items that will respond well to marinating in the dressing.

  • cucumbers
  • squash
  • mushrooms

3. Add your remaining veggies and greens.

  • tomatoes
  • red bell pepper
  • broccoli
  • broccoli slaw
  • avocado sprinkled with lemon juice to prevent browning
  • spring mix (lots of this – you can really pack it in)
  • sprouts

4. Add remaining ingredients.

  • Cooked Chicken, beef, fish, or nuts and seeds

Balsamic Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Braggs liquid aminos (or sea salt)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

 Preparation

1. Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a blender and blend.

2. Continue to blend at a low speed as you add olive oil, until it is completely emulsified