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Greek Cucumber Dill Salad

This looks like a yummy, refreshing salad.  Thank you A Spicy Perspective for this recipe.

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Greek Cucumber Dill Salad

YIELD: 6 servings

PREP TIME: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 english cucumbers
  • 1 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar (optional) (I like to use raw or Manuka honey if sweetness is needed)
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Peel the cucumbers. Cut in half lengthwise. Then slice into thin pieces. Place the sliced cucumbers into a large bowl.
  2. Add the chopped dill, minced garlic, the zest of one lemon, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  3. Toss until the yogurt blends into a thin dressing. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed. Serve cold.

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Orange & Cucumber Salad with Spring Greens

Doesn’t this just sound delish!!!!

Orange & Cucumber Salad with Spring Greens!

1/2 English (Organic) cucumber….thinly sliced

3 to 4 small oranges (such as clementines), peeled and sectioned

2 big handfuls baby arugula leaves

1 baby bok choy, thinly sliced

1/2 bunch watercress leaves

1 cup green sprouts (such as pea shoots)

Toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) or sunflower seeds, as desired

Juice of 1/2 orange (or few drops of Améo Orange Essential Oil)

Juice of 1/2 lemon (or few drops of Améo Lemon Essential Oil)

1 teaspoon each lemon and orange zest, or more to taste, optional (but highly recommended)

1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a serving bowl.  Toss together and serve!!

Enjoy!!

Thank you Nava Atlas, for this great recipe out of your book “Wild About Greens”

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Cucumber Yogurt Dressing

A lot of you have asked me for salad dressing recipes so that you can get away from the store bought brands (that are not always that healthy for you).  This cucumber yogurt dressing looks yummy.  Thank you Health.com for the recipe!  Check health.com for more recipes too!

Many salad dressings are land mines for your diet: Trans fat, sugar, preservatives, and artificial flavors pop up on nutritional labels, wreaking havoc on otherwise healthy green dishes. Choosing fat-free varieties isn’t a great idea, either, because certain nutrients in vegetables can’t be absorbed without fat. Instead, get the most out of your salad by whipping up these easy, figure-friendly dressings that use natural ingredients and heart-healthy olive oil. They’ll add flavor to your greens for less than 50 calories per serving.

Cucumber Yogurt Dressing

Ingredients…..

1 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
3 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried dill

Preparation……

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until the mixture is smooth. Refrigerate dressing in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Note: Though 86 percent of the calories come from fat, this dressing has less than 2 grams of fat per tablespoon–far less than full-fat dressings, which carry anywhere from 7 to 10 grams of fat per tablespoon.

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