The Mission: Create the best cucumber salad recipe
I wanted a quick side dish to take to BBQs and the obligatory football parties. After trying several recipes I found online but not finding any worthy of going back for seconds (my daughter didn’t find any of them to inspiring either) I decided to create my own recipe for the best cucumber salad. I am always in need of healthy & tasty snack foods that are easy prepare. Now that the end of summer harvest is happening, we have a ton of yummy produce.
Here in the hot desert climate where we live, cucumbers and strawberries (everbearing variety) tend to produce the most fruit in late spring or early fall. So I have an abundance of these two fruits at the moment. There are many uses: flavor water with them, eat ’em sliced, make tatziki sauce…and cucumber salad of course.
I wanted a salad with a hint of sweetness, balanced with a slight zing and I wanted to use my favorite herb, fresh basil. At the end of summer there’s also a bountiful supply of basil to be used, dried and stored.
My sister surprised me a bag full of fresh-picked cucumbers yesterday. I went to my garden and picked some strawberries and basil. Back in the kitchen I gathered the honey, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, red onion and Himalayan Salt. Then I washed and started dicing. Keep the skin on your cucumbers if it isn’t too bitter or thick.
Double Bonus: Keep the skin on your vegetables to save time in the prep process! Skin of fruits and veggies contain a lot of nutrients and fiber which helps balance digestion of sugars the fruit contains.
Best Cucumber Salad of the Summer
Prep Time: 10 Minutes. Makes Approx. 4 Cups
- 6-8 Strawberries diced
- 1 Medium to Large Cucumber, diced
- 1 Sprig of Basil, chopped (leaves only)
- 1 TBS Onion finely chopped
- 1 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 TBS Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 TBS Honey
- 1/8 tsp Himalayan Salt
Combine diced strawberries, cucumber and onion in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil, salt and chopped basil. Use a whisk or fork and vigorously mix the sauce. It will emulsify, trust me, just keep at it. I think it took me about 2 minutes of stirring. Add sauce to the strawberry cucumber onion mixture and stir until well coated. Cover and refrigerate.
Voila Best Cucumber Salad of Summer. Try not to eat it all before you can share your yummy dish with someone you love! Like this recipe? Please share it.
What is your favorite cucumber recipe?
Quick Tip: Buy the best olive oil in bulk and use a funnel to fill an old (washed) wine bottle. Add a liquor pour spout inserted in the top and now you have a fun oil dispenser. The dark glass protects the oil from UV damage and the spout makes a no-mess pour. That’s how we upcycle in my house!