Creamy Cucumber Salad with Fresh Herbs

July 7, 2015
Creamy Cucumber Salad with Fresh Herbs ~ This simple cucumber salad gets a jolt of flavor pizazz from fresh dill, parsley, and mint.  And believe me, it's a truly fabulous flavor combination.
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Summer gardens are really starting to share their loot!  And I couldn't be happier.  I just adore fresh produce straight from garden.  Nothing beats that just-picked taste.

But with all the harvest bounty, the question then becomes ... What to do with all that beautiful garden-fresh loot before it goes-to-the-bad?

Well if you've got cucumbers in your garden, this Creamy Cucumber Salad with Fresh Herbs is sure a GREAT answer.

This simple cucumber salad gets a jolt of flavor pizazz from fresh dill, parsley, and mint.  And believe me, it's a truly fabulous flavor combination.

Sadly, I'm not a gardener myself.  Believe me when I say I'm not blessed with a green thumb.

I swear, it's tough for me to even keep artificial plants alive.


But fortunately, I get to share in the results from my mother-in-law's garden.  Unlike me, she  is a fabulous gardener with one of the greenest thumbs around!

Just take a look at these photos from her garden ... isn't her garden gorgeous?

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Green Beans in the Garden Image

Green Bell Peppers in the Garden Image

She grows it all ~ okra, squash, tomatoes, green beans, shelly beans, bell peppers, blackberries, pumpkins ... you name it.

After working over at my mother-in-law's house the other day, my husband came home with a big bag of fresh cucumbers.  They were our first garden cucumbers of the season!

I immediately knew what I wanted to make ... a big batch of Creamy Cucumber Salad with Fresh Herbs.

While mint may seem like an odd addition, the cucumber and mint pair together just beautifully.

My mother-in-law makes a very simple cucumber salad dish by tossing thinly sliced cucs and onions with a bit of sour cream.  

This Creamy Cucumber Salad with Fresh Herbs is a jazzed up version of that simple dish ... getting some zippy pizazz from a bit of fresh lemon juice, Dijon mustard and a combination of fresh dill, parsley, and mint.

It's amazing the fabulous flavor this simple mix of fresh herbs brings to this salad.  It's a freshness and herb-iness that's truly wonderful.  And while mint may seem like an odd addition, the cucumber and mint pair together just beautifully.

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This salad was the perfect dish for that first batch of garden cucumbers, don't you think?

I know I'm certainly looking forward to enjoying much more of my mother-in-law's summer garden loot ... and looking forward to enjoying many more bowls of Creamy Cucumber Salad with Fresh Herbs!

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Creamy Cucumber Salad with Fresh Herbs
Source:  Adapted from Cooking Light magazine & my mother-in-law
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
  • 4 to 5 c. thinly sliced cucumbers {about 2 large}
  • 1 c. thinly sliced red onion {about half an onion}
  • 1/4 c. sour cream
  • 2 T. chopped fresh dill
  • 1 T. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 T. chopped fresh mint
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
Directions
  1. Place cucumber and onion in a large bowl.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine sour cream, dill, parsley, mint, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper; stir until well blended.
  3. Drizzle sour cream mixture over cucumbers. Toss to coat. Serve immediately.
Note - The cucumbers begin to release water once tossed with the sour cream dressing, so toss together just before serving.  If you need to prepare the salad a bit in advance, refrigerate the cucumbers/onions and dressing mixture in separate bowls until ready to serve.

6 comments

  1. Try as I might, I could not get the recipe for the green bean, walnut and feta salad.

    Also with the cucumber salad, I slice my cukes, then toss with 1 teaspoon of salt and let sit for an hour. I drain them, then dry them with a tea towel. They are not crisp, but they also do not dilute the dressing ingredients.

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  2. This sounds heavenly! My cucumbers should be ready soon! Can't wait to make this!

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  3. This looks utterly divine! We're shivering in the middle of Winter here in Australia, but come Summer, I'll be trying this for sure. Thankyou. Mimi xxx

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  4. Your vegetable garden and your Creamy Cucumber Salad look fabulous, there is nothing like from Garden to Table. I appreciate you sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  5. Loving all your salad recipe from your vegetable garden.

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  6. Creamy Cucumber Salad with Fresh Herbs is looking so fresh and healthy. Thanks for the recipe. I loved it.

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