Cucumber Grape Salad and Dressing

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Enjoy this Cucumber Grape Salad and Dressing recipe, which blends the bland flavor of cucumber against the sweet and tart tanginess of green or purple grapes (or both!) with tomatoes to create a great summer salad. This Cucumber Grape Salad and Dressing recipe is a quick and easy one to make, although the salad does benefit from some time in the fridge to allow the flavors to mingle and come together well. The dressing recipe is a terrific one for the salad, although you might consider fresh, minced ginger rather than the powdered form of it that this recipe, from the site, Oh Sweet Basil, recommends. The fresh ginger adds real zest and peppery punch that you and your family will really enjoy.

This salad is only three ingredients and the kids will love helping you make it. One step that really little hands can help you with is pulling the grapes from the stems and putting them in the salad (make sure you wash the grapes first, of course). They can also likely dump in the grape tomatoes, but the slicing of the cucumber will have to be your task, or one that an older child who can handle a knife takes on. Still, the grape salad recipe is very quick, indeed, to put together. What does take a little more time is the salad dressing, and it is worth spending a bit of time on. Since the flavors will taste better if they are allowed to come together, consider making the salad dressing recipe first, and allowing it time to mingle.

This salad recipe is also very nutritious. Each of the three ingredients, the grapes, the cucumber, and the tomatoes adds a nutritional element that is important to our good health. So you can feel good about feeding this cucumber grape salad recipe to the family. In the dressing consider substituting grape seed oil for the canola oil. Grape seed oil is high in polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats and is a great source of vitamin E, an important antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage. This grape and cucumber salad recipe also contains yogurt, a great food that provides all of the goodness of dairy and then some. Yogurt is a dairy product that many people can tolerate who would normally not be able to drink milk or eat cheese. So this is one way to get the great minerals that are part of dairy’s goodness, including calcium and magnesium. The protein in yogurt, caseins, also improves your body’s ability to absorb these minerals. Whey, another element in yogurt, may help in weight loss and lowered blood pressure. So this recipe uses terrific ingredients for our good health.

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