Best Creamy Italian Cucumber Salad
Need a refreshing addition to a meal or a light, healthy salad for lunch? This creamy Italian cucumber salad is bursting with freshness with juicy cherry tomatoes, crisp cucumber and spicy onion. This is one of Melissa's great recipes from Chin Deep, and it happens to be one of her Grandmother's easy salad recipes. In addition to the fresh, healthy vegetables in this recipe, there are also some great zesty seasonings and a delicious creamy Italian dressing. This would be an easy salad recipe to put together on the fly for a picnic or potluck, and it makes enough to feed a lot of people. Having a salad with dinner is a great way to get in some raw, healthy vegetables. Many people don't get enough vegetables in their daily diet which can lead to a lot of health issues from not getting enough fibre. Fibre is very important for the healthy digestion of food and without it is also great for cleaning out the intestines. Another great way to get your daily dose of fibre and vitamins from vegetables and fruits is to have a green smoothie in the morning too, or as a snack during the day. It may not seem appealing to drink straight spinach or kale, but when you pair these leafy greens with a fruit like some mango or an apple and blend the ingredients together, it is actually very palatable, even delicious.
You can also put cucumbers in your smoothies or vegetable juices to add more nutrients and some hydration too. Cucumber is a wonderful vegetable for its hydrating qualities as well as the silica that's in it which helps grow healthy nails, skin and hair. You can also eat cucumber on its own too, just cut it up and sprinkle some sea salt on it with some fresh ground pepper and maybe even some lime juice and chilli powder for a little bit of spice. Cucumber on its own is a great snack to take along on hikes as well because it's full of water so it will hydrate you and keep you from getting dehydrated. Just put it in a container, so it doesn't get squished. Both cucumbers and tomatoes are foods that should be organic since there are usually a lot of pesticides used in the production of non-organic cucumbers or tomatoes. Onions are okay to buy non-organic though because there aren't as many pesticides used on them. You could even grow your own vegetables in your own garden if you want to make sure they are organic. Tomatoes and onions are quite easy to grow, and cucumbers are fairly easy to grow with the right conditions. For this recipe, you'll need four large cucumbers, a few large tomatoes, garlic, a half an onion and some cherry tomatoes. This easy salad recipe also includes some olives which will give the salad a bit more flavour and zest.
You could just use a simple balsamic vinaigrette over this salad if you wanted a healthier option. Just mix together equal parts of balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a jar and shake really well. Lemon juice and olive oil with some salt and pepper would also make a great, light and healthy dressing for this salad too. The dressing that Melissa uses includes mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinaigrette, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and some red pepper flakes. You could also easily make your own healthy mayonnaise at home all you need to do is blend an egg yolk with some olive oil and lemon juice in your blender or with a hand-held blender.***
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