Cucumber Yogurt Salad

September 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment

I came across this recipe for Cucumber Yogurt Salad recently. It reminded me of a salad we used to make in my family, but a lighter version of it. We used to thinly slice cucumbers and mix them up with mayonnaise (ahem…. Miracle Whip), thinly sliced onions, and a splash of vinegar. In this new recipe, yogurt is substituted for the mayo. I also added the juice of a lemon and a splash or two of vinegar, to add some zest and tang. I made this when my family was visiting and everyone seemed to like it. Some people even asked for the recipe. A winner!

Cucumber Yogurt Salad
From: Simply Recipes

2 cucumbers, peeled, quartered lengthwise, then sliced
Plain yogurt, about 1 cup
1 teaspoon dried dill, or a couple of teaspoons of fresh dill
Sprinkling of salt and pepper

First taste the cucumbers to make sure that they are not bitter. Depending on the variety of cucumber you are using, and many other factors, you may find a cucumber that is distinctly bitter in taste. If this happens, soak the cucumber slices in salted water for half an hour, or longer, until the bitterness is reduced, then rinse and drain before using.

To make the salad, simply gently mix together the ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste. (I also added fresh lemon juice and vinegar to taste.)

Serves 4

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  • Julia

    You might also like Mizeria, which is a Polish version of this dish using sour cream. I’ve made it several times and even skip the dill part of it (sometimes substituting a little juice from the pickle jar when I want to cheat).

    Ingredients:

    * 1 large cucumber with or without seeds, washed and trimmed
    * Salt
    * 1/2 cup sour cream
    * 1 teaspoon sugar
    * 2 teaspoons white vinegar (optional)
    * 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

    1. Slice cucumbers thinly. Place in a colander over a bowl to catch the juices and salt the cukes liberally. Allow to stand for 30 minutes.

    2. In a small bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Pat cucumbers dry and place in a medium bowl. Add the dressing and toss with the cucumber slices. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Chill and sprinkle with additional dill, if desired, before serving.

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