Monday, August 07, 2006

Easy South Beach Recipes: Cucumbers Caesar

Back in mid-July when I posted an easy summer lunch for South Beach Dieters, I mentioned how I have quite a few friends who are urging me to post *easier* recipes on the blog. Well, I've been listening, and I've decided I'm going to make an effort to post something super simple about once a week, and I'll collect those recipes into a new category in the recipe archives called Easy South Beach Recipes. Recipes in that category won't have more than five ingredients, and will be things that don't require a lot of fuss to make. I'm predicting it will be popular with all the non-food bloggers who read my blog!

This recipe, which was back in the recipe archives needing a photo, is a natural for the new category. Cucumbers Caesar is one of those recipes that's so ridiculously simple that it's almost an oxymoron to call it a recipe, but when I used to make this at Lake Powell when I was catering houseboat trips, people would go completely crazy over it. I think part of the secret was the Cardini's Caesar dressing, something that seemed sinful in those days due to the fat content. Now I would consider this a great choice for the South Beach Diet, with the soybean oil in the dressing being considered a *good* fat. If you can't find Cardini's, use your favorite Caesar dressing without sugar, and I predict this will become a favorite at your house too.

Cucumbers Caesar
(2 servings, increase as needed)

2 medium cucumbers, preferably garden-fresh
3-4 T Cardini's Caesar dressing
(not low fat or fat free variety)

fresh ground pepper to taste

Peel cucumbers and cut in half lengthwise and then into slices about 1/2 inch thick. Put cucumbers in serving bowl and dress liberally with Cardini's Caesar. Grind black pepper over and serve.
(If you're using garden cucumbers it looks nice to peel off the skin in strips so the finished pieces have some green peel showing. If you only have store cucumbers, I recommend cutting of the skin completely.)

South Beach Suggestions:
Cucumbers Caesar is a great recipe for any phase of the South Beach Diet. I think it would taste great with Sauteed Scallops with Garlic or Curried Chicken on the Grill with Cilantro Chutney. For phase two or three, add something like Indian Spiced Lentils or Barley Salad with Lemon and Mint.
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  1. Yes, there are times when a super easy recipe is necessary. It can make the difference between preparing a meal and giving up and ordering take out. Great recipe.

  2. Sher we are channeling each other again. I was leaving a comment for you, then I clicked on my e-mail and you had just left a comment for me.

  3. I fixed Cucumbers Caesar tonight because I saw the recipe on your blog this morning, and we're picking 2-3 cucumbers a day. Very yummy!

  4. Kris, glad you liked it. I'm not exaggerating when I say people used to go nuts over this at Lake Powell.

  5. Looks delicious, Kalyn and super fresh and healthy.

    You're lucky to have fresh cucumbers as and when you want to have it.

    Btw, your photos are getting better! :)

  6. This looks great and I agree, sometimes you need something EASY! When you get home and even the thought of cutting up broccoli, steaming it and dressing it seems like a Herculean task, a recipe like this comes in handy!

    By the way Kalyn, I'm organizing an "event" for Julia Child's birthday next Tuesday. I'm asking people to cook one (or more) of her recipes, then blog about it. If this sounds like fun, please check out my post on Champaign Taste. I'm excited! But -- is any JC stuff...South Beach-able? I'm thinking yes!

  7. Mae, thanks. I'm thrilled when a great photographer like you compliments me on the photos. I'm having so much fun with the new camera, although I still have a lot to learn. (My outdoor photos still stink most of the time. Need to read up on the settings for that.)

    Lisa, I love the idea of an event for Julia Child's birthday. I'll check it out. And YES, there are plenty of Julia recipes that would be very South-Beachy.

  8. Good idea! I'm always looking for new ideas on how to eat cucumbers since they are overflowing lately.


  9. This looks delicious! I was just wondering would this be considered your meal, a snack or a side to your meal?

  10. I would consider it a side salad.


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