Cool and Refreshing Cucumber Mint Salad

By Sally Cameron on August 13, 2013

Gluten-Free, Salads, the daniel plan, Vegetarian

Crisp, almost sweet, mini Persian cucumbers make a cool, refreshing cucumber mint salad. Toss with fresh herbs, like mint or dill, tangy goat feta cheese and a light, lemony vinaigrette. It’s perfect for the end of summer hot days or anytime of year. If you think you don’t like cucumbers, try this salad. It just might change your mind.

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Cool and Refreshing Cucumber Mint Salad

I admit, I was never a cucumber lover. I didn’t see what the fuss was about. Rough, thick, waxy skins. Big seeds. Watery flesh. No taste. What was there to really like? That was until I tried the little Persians cucumbers and was instantly transformed into a cucumber lover in one bite. Thin-skinned, no wax, crisp, sweet flesh, almost seedless. Now here is a cucumber to get excited about!

Botanically speaking, cucumbers, like tomatoes, are really a fruit, although we eat them like vegetables. They belong to the same family as cantaloupe, watermelon, and squash. Nutritionally speaking, cucumbers are loaded with phytonutrients (plant-nutrients) which provide valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. They are hydrating on a hot summer day and delicious to eat.

Easy Healthy Salad

For this easy healthy salad, start by slicing cucumbers into quarters lengthwise. I trim out the tiny center seeds, but that’s optional. Next, cut the quarters in small pieces on a diagonal. Another way to cut them is to halve the cucumbers and chop into half moons.

Add finely chopped red onion, finely chopped fresh mint (dill is good too), and crumbled feta cheese. I like to use goat feta. My favorite, if you can find it, is the raw goat feta from Redwood Hill Farm or a good tangy Greek feta. If cow’s milk cheeses don’t agree with you, try goat milk cheeses. Many people digest goat milk more easily due to the smaller fat particles.

Chopping cucumbers

Buying and Storing Cucumbers

Cucumbers can be sensitive to heat. When buying at the grocery store, choose from the refrigerated case. They should be firm with smooth, deep green skin, not wrinkled, limp, or wilted. At home, store in the refrigerator and enjoy within a few days.

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Cucumber Mint Salad

Cool, crisp, refreshing and good for you, this quick salad features the wonderful mini cucumbers called Persians. You may also find them called Lebanese cucumbers at the market. For herbs, mint works perfectly, and you can add dill if you likes lots of fresh herbs. Feta is optional, skip for no dairy.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cucumber, mint, salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 324kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 Persian cucumbers
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 2-3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint dill is good too
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Slice cucumbers lengthwise into quarters. Trim out the fine seed centers if desired, the cut quarters into small pieces on the diagonal. You can also halve the cucumber and just cut into thin half moons.
  • Add red onion, herbs, feta and lemon zest. Whisk together 1 tablespoon lemon juice and oil and toss with salad. Serve chilled.

Nutrition

Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 1013mg | Potassium: 770mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 962IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon - August 13th, 2013

    I need to check out the mint. I just never seem to think of it, but I do love the Persian cukes and feta. Very nice, and as always wonderful photos.

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