Creamy Yogurt Cucumber Salad Recipe

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Cucumber salad recipes are crunchy and delicious, and also widely varied. They might involve cucumbers immersed in a vinegar dressing or contain a creamy dressing with onions and sour cream. If you are a cucumber salad connoisseur chances are, you are even familiar with the smashed cucumber salad recipe of Shanghai cuisine, which involves an Asian dressing of sesame oil, chilies, cilantro, and rice wine vinegar. This creamy yogurt cucumber salad recipe is a healthy version of cucumber salad because it uses a no-fat yogurt dressing rather than the higher fat sour cream or mayonnaise versions. Complimented by thin slices of red onion, fresh dill and mint, this cucumber salad with yogurt recipe will undoubtedly become one of your favorite go-to cucumber recipes.

Cucumbers are crunchy and contain a lot of water, which you may not think cucumbers include much nutrition. The nutritional benefits of cucumber, however, are extensive, including very high levels of vitamin C and potassium, and high amounts of vitamin A and B6, thiamine, riboflavin, iron, and fiber. From just a half cup of cucumber, you can get 2% each of your daily-recommended intake of vitamin C and potassium, as well as 1% each of your DRI of vitamin A, calcium, and iron. This healthy salad recipe includes up to four seedless cucumbers, so you can be sure that your family will be getting many cucumber nutrients when they eat this salad. If you happen to purchase cucumber with seeds in them, you can easily remove them with a spoon. Simply cut the cucumber in half length-wise and use a spoon to scrape the seeded part out.

Purchasing healthy yogurt brands can be tough since several of them contain high levels of fat and sugar, but as long as you read the labels carefully, you should be able to bypass less healthy brands for better quality ones. This cucumber salad recipe uses a no-fat Greek yogurt, which eliminates any issue you may have with fat, and is also creamier than other yogurts. Choose a Greek yogurt brand that includes a 0 percent fat yogurt, with a moderate amount of sugar, and a delicious creaminess. Brands like Oikos and Wallaby are good choices to go for, but as long as you check the labels at your store and choose a variety that you feel comfortable with, you are good to go.

The best thing about this easy cucumber salad recipe is the fact that it is addictively delicious while still being good for you too. The crunch of the cucumbers, creamy dressing, and fresh herbs like mint and dill will be enough to keep you returning to the bowl for more. Plus, the salad keeps very well, which means it could be your next potluck recipe staple. For the best results, choose firm-fleshed cucumbers for added crunchiness. You may even want to peel strips of green skin off the cucumbers for an extra pretty effect. Thank you to Heidi, the author of ‘Foodiecrush’ recipe blog, for sharing her creamy yogurt cucumber salad recipe with us.**

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