It’s hydrating, it’s full of nutrients and it’s also great for keeping your skin radiant. Cucumber, thanks to its versatility, it’s tolerance to grow in most places and its great health benefits has made its way to a lot of different salads. Keeping that in mind, here are some cucumber salad ideas that I am eager to try.
Sicilian potato salad
This 0 cholesterol salad combines a lot of different elements and makes a lot of servings in just 20 minutes. Depending on which recipe you look at, you’ll need slightly different ingredients but the core remains the same: a little bit of potatoes, some tomatoes and a healthy dose of extra virgin olive oil. ¾ cup of this salad roughly has 100 calories, 2g protein, 13g carbs, and 4g fat, which is reason enough to try it out!
Hungarian green salad
If the aim is to make cucumbers the primary ingredient, the Hungarian green salad is perhaps the best choice for that. When added with white vinegar, onions, and some black pepper, you get a good savoury taste out of the salad! You can make a bowl of six servings within 15 minutes, with one serving having about 98 calories, 7 g fat, 8.9 g carbohydrates and 1.3 g protein.
Minty cucumber salad
Combining cucumbers and watermelon fruit to stave off the heat; gives you a great cucumber salad that you’ll especially love during the Summer months. Combine them with mint and some onions to add an extra dimension to the flavours but still keeping the calorie content minimal. ¾ cup of the minty cucumber salad gives you a around 60 calories, 3g fat, 1g protein and 9g carbohydrates. It takes 20 minutes to make this salad and can be stored for up to 2 hours before serving.
Mexican layered salad
Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers and avocados, all neatly laid out in layers and seasoned with green and red peppers truly makes this one unique since it combines so many different tastes and ingredients, but can be simply made in a matter of 20 minutes. ¾ cup of the Mexican layered salad gives you around 371 calories, 35g fat, 13g carbs and 4g protein.
Coming straight from the kitchens of India is a side called raita. Combine cucumber, greek yogurt and lemons and garnish with mint and you’re basically done. It takes 15 minutes, tops, to prepare, but you’ll need to refrigerate for 3 hours before serving. Bringing around 50 calories, 2.5g protein, 2.8g carbs and 3.3g fat to the table, it would be a mistake to not try this one out.
Israeli tomato and cucumber salad
Thanks to its colourful looks, this one is definitely the one to try when you only have 15 minutes on hand to whip up something that’ll raise some eyebrows. Chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and parsley combine with a drizzled dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and mint leaves. One serving of the Israeli cucumber salad holds around 208 calories, 18.4 g fat, 11.2 g carbohydrates and 2.2 g protein.