Monday, June 16, 2008

Cucumber and Yogurt Salad Recipe with Feta and Dill

Cucumber Salad with YogurtThis year I'm loving the fresh dill in my garden, since previously I forgot to plant dill and was dill-deprived two years in a row. The last few days I've been using dill in everything, starting with this simple cucumber salad which uses my favorite Greek Yogurt and lots of chopped dill. I'm having a major brain freeze as to where I got this recipe, although I know it was on a comment somewhere that I saw the idea for a simple salad with cucumbers, yogurt, feta, and lots of dill. If you're the one who left that comment, let me know so I can give proper credit for the recipe.

I do want to make it clear that this is a salad for people who really like dill, so if you're just lukewarm about that flavor, you might want to skip it. Personally I think the combination of cucumbers, feta, yogurt, and dill is such a perfect match; it's no wonder it's become a classic combination. I loved this salad so much that it made me very glad I actually remembered the dill and planted two plants this year. They're also in a spot where I can neglect them a bit at the end of the season, and hopefully the dill will drop some seeds so I can have dill again next year.


Cucumber and Yogurt Salad with Feta and Dill
(Makes 4 servings, recipe created by Kalyn. with inspiration from a comment seen somewhere.)

Ingredients:
2 long European-style cucumbers (or use 4 regular cucumbers)
3/4 cup finely chopped fresh dill leaves (measure after chopping, can use more or less to taste)
1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt (I used Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt)
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
salt to taste (I used Vege-Sal)
fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:
Cut off ends of cucumbers, and peel strips from skins, leaving thin stripes of green still showing. (If you don't have European cucumbers and are using supermarket cucumbers with waxed skins, you may want to peel them completely.) Cut cucumbers into half lengthwise, then cut each half lengthwise into thirds, and slice. You should have bite-sized pieces not more than an inch wide. Place cucumbers into plastic bowl.

Wash and dry fresh dill, then remove the thin stems with delicate leaves from the thicker main stems. Discard thick main stems and finely chop thin stems and leaves. Add dill to the cucumbers and stir to combine. Add yogurt to cucumber-dill mixture, stirring to coat all pieces of cucumber with yogurt. Gently fold in feta, being careful not to over-mix. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve immediately.

Variations: This salad could be made with sour cream instead of yogurt. If you're a Ranch Dressing fan, I think that would also taste delicious substituted here for the yogurt.

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South Beach Suggestions:
This salad is a great side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet or any type of Low-Glycemic eating plan. For phase one, serve this with something like Chile Mustard Pork Kabobs. For phase two or three, you could add Farro with Mushrooms, Thyme, and Balsamic Vinegar.

More Cucumber Salads to Try:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients.)
Wake Up Your Mouth Thai Cucumber Salad
Asian Cucumber Salad with Cilantro and Vidalia Onions
Cucumbers Caesar
Cucumber Salad with Balsamic Dressing
Spicy Cucumber Salad with Thai Basil and Sesame Seeds
Cucumber Salad with Sesame from A Life (Time) of Cooking
Cucumber-Mint Salad from The Crispy Cook
Cucumber Salad with Creamy Ginger-Soy Dressing from White on Rice Couple
Soy-Balsamic Spicy Cucumber Salad from Saffron Trail
Mint Cucumber Salad from Eat At Moms

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31 comments:

  1. What a great idea, Kalyn! It's like you've taken tsatsiki and made the cucumber the star. Which is perfect, because wonderful as tsatsiki is, for me it's a little too rich to eat all the time, especially during hot weather. My favorite part of tsatsiki is the cucumbers, but somehow it never occurred to me to let it take center stage. Brilliant!

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  2. Hi Lulu,
    I loved the idea of this too; just wish I could remember where I saw it so I could give proper credit!

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  3. Yum! I love dill too but I have never managed to grow it. It seems to require too much sun for my sad garden.

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  4. This would be delicious with the lemon cucumbers that come later in the summer! Now if only my dill would do well -- I don't seem to have any ability to grow it, but each year I try...

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  5. Katerina, my dill is by a fence that runs north and south, so it doesn't get any early morning sun. (Just looked and it's still in the shade right now and it's just past noon.) It must get enough afternoon sun though because it seems to be doing well.

    Lydia, I'm anxious to hear more about the lemon cucumbers. I've looked at them several times at the garden store, but never grown them. Not sure why you guys are having trouble growing dill, but must be the sun.

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  6. I'm glad you like some skin on your cukes. I really think they taste bland without the skins and they DO look better!

    Wonderful salad, keep ya cool as a...cucumber!

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  7. That's probably a bit too much dill for me, but I can see it tasting great even with half the amount.

    Dill might be something I try to grow in a container garden next year.

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  8. To me, this salad screams summer - I saw the first cucumbers of the season at the farmer's market this weekend and I have been jotting down recipes to try - going to put this one on the list!! Thanks!

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  9. Dill I love, and feta cheese too. Cucumber is not my favorite vegetable, but I would be sure to love this salad.

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  10. This is my kind of salad! It looks so good, reminds me of raita!

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  11. I just made the salad to go with some grilled pork chops for dinner and it tastes great! I'm new to South Beach and found your website just last week. I want to thank you for all the hard work you do to share these great recipes and tips. Changing your eating habits is hard and your website is a tremendous source of support. I have a Cuban Flank steak planned for tomorrow night. Thank you again.

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  12. Perfect combination and great idea, whoever it was. You mentioned that folk who don't like dill perhaps won't like it, but they might substitute mint for it and still keep the Greek feel. I'm just about to try to make some authentic Greek tzatsiki and bought some sheep's milk yoghurt especially for the job, but so far I've discovered that I need to buy more yoghurt, the sheep's milk is really delicious!

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  13. This looks so tasty and crunchy. A perfect addition to a summertime menu! I bet it would be great pared with something spicy ... a welcome combo of fire and ice!

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  14. This salad sounds really good. I like the use of the dill in it.

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  15. OH MY GAWD! I need a big bowl of that right now!

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  16. Beautiful! My own favourite cucumber and dill salad is very similar, though I use just sour cream (no feta or yogurt) as a dressing. Lovely summer dish!

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  17. Yum, I absolutely adore the flavour of dill. I always add dill to my tzatzki along with mint as I think it brings an extra interest. No-one wants to be dill-deprived!!

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  18. I love dill, but for some reason, mine is not doing so well this year. It is really scraggly. I'll bookmark this though, for when I am more dill rich!

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  19. some of my favorite flavors!
    Perfect with grilled chicken, maybe one with a ouzo-based marinade.

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  20. I'm happy that so many people like this simple recipe. This is just how I like to cook: fresh food, simple preparation methods, interesting flavor combinations.

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  21. this salad recipe is so mouth watering!! i love it!! i hope i wont forget cucumbers on my market list tomorrow :-)

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  22. Great salad! It's a step up from the traditional cucumber salad and I love ALL of the ingredients...thanks for sharing!

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  23. Hi Kalyn:

    Thank you for linking to my Cucumber-Mint Salad recipe. I hope you try it sometime on a really steamy day, as it's cooling properties are awesome.

    -Rachel

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  24. This salad sounds so refreshing and creamy. It would be perfect with some spicy BBQ!

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  25. Great looking recipe Kalyn. Just the perfect thing for summer.

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  26. Anything with feta has to be good.

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  27. Yeah! I was just wondering what to do with the cucumbers a friend of mine gave me...beside cukes in vinaigrette. Not that there is anything wrong with that but a change is always welcome!!

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  28. Goody gumdrops! I just found your blog via Food Blogga. All your recipes will be a huge help in my being able to loose my pregnancy pounds. Keep the good recipes coming!

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  29. "I loved the idea of this too; just wish I could remember where I saw it so I could give proper credit!"

    Sorry, Kalyn, but I'm going to have to turn you in to the FBI's Recipe Fraud Department. It's a matter of national food security.

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  30. This is SOOOO yummy! I made it tonight. Added two cloves of minced garlic and a bit of chives as well as a bit of fresh mint. I used half yogurt and half sour cream. It was SO SO yummy! Thanks Kalyn!

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  31. Nancy, I like the sound of your additions, and glad you liked it!

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