If you have 15 minutes and 4 simple ingredients.. you have a delicious salad with your lunch or dinner. But it's also an inexpensive dish to make & bring to a party.
So why do we call it "Cool Cucumber Salad?"
Most people don't know that the phrase "cool as a cucumber" comes from the cucumber's ability to cool the temperature of the blood, and when applied topically, reduces swelling. So get cool and try the Cool Cucumber salad.
1. After washing your produce, (do we even need to say that?) grab a peeler and create stripes on your cucumbers.
2. Thinly slice your cucumbers and add to bowl. Add a bit of sea salt and set in fridge. (We want it cold; the salad will draw out some of the water while you are in the kitchen crying.)
Hey. Wait. Why are you crying?
3. Because you're peeling that red onion. You can choose to dice the onions or create thin rings- that's up to how much you like raw onions. We typically recommend thin slivers.
4. Take the cucumbers out of fridge and drain any water.
Add in the onions and mix. Put back in fridge. Now, dice up your fresh dill. This is used as a spice so you need to make sure that you don't have big clumps or or stems.
5. Take out your cucumber/onion bowl, add in the dill, a bit more salt, and (shhhh!!!) some sugar to taste. We are talking minimal amounts here people. Mix it up and then add 1TBSP of sour cream per cucumber. Less is more. Stir, taste, and add in salt/sugar/cream to taste. You'll want the flavors to all harmonize, so put a lid on it (ya you, loud mouth) and keep it in the fridge for another 15-20min...or until dinner is ready..whichever comes first.
Why it's Cool
The phytochemicals in cucumbers kill the bacteria that cause bad breath. Dill is also a wonderful "detergent". We can't say the same for the onion.
Cucumbers are 95% water and known for giving you clearer skin.
"Cucumbers are now known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol—three lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several cancer types, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers." Read more HERE
"Onions are also a source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C that helps to combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.
Colon cancer: High fiber intakes from all fruits and vegetables are associated with a lowered risk of colorectal cancer.
Prostate cancer: In a study published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers used a population-based, case-controlled study to investigate the relationship between allium vegetable intake and prostate cancer. They found that men with the highest intake of allium vegetables had the lowest risk for prostate cancer.2
Esophageal and stomach cancer: Frequent intake of allium vegetables has been inversely related with the risk of esophageal and stomach cancer.3 Several survey-based human studies have demonstrated the potential protective effects of consuming alliums, as well as reports of tumor inhibition following administration of allium compounds in experimental animals." Read more HERE
It is a very good source of potassium, an important intracellular electrolyte. 100 g of cucumber provides 147 mg of potassium but only 2 mg of sodium. Potassium is a heart friendly electrolyte helps bring a reduction in total blood pressure and heart rates by countering effects of sodium. Read more HERE
Onions contain chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar and have chromium which helps clean the blood.