Cucumber dill salad is one of the easiest and most versatile dishes you can make. A basic cucumber dill salad is refreshing, filling, and very low in calories. As a bonus, the salad can be adapted in creative ways. Using a basic cucumber salad recipe as a base, different ingredients and surprising twists can turn this picnic staple into an unforgettable dish.

What Is Cucumber Dill Salad? 

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We recommend keeping the skin on the cucumber and not removing the seeds. Cucumber skin and seeds hold fiber and other nutrients. Without them, cucumber is still refreshing and hydrating, but that’s about it. Keeping the skin on your cucumbers will also keep them intact when mixed into the salad and a touch of color. Wash your cucumbers well to remove any pesticides or wax from the skin and then get to chopping or slicing.

Recipes to Amounts

Here’s a standard recipe for cucumber salad: https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/sweet-and-sour-cucumbers-with-fresh-dill-109713.

For this recipe, you’ll need two large cucumbers (around 1 and a half pounds). This recipe asks you to slice the cucumbers very thin, but you can also chop them.  Put the slices in a bowl, sprinkle them with about a tablespoon of salt, then set them aside. Next, combine a half cup of vinegar, a quarter cup of chopped dill, three tablespoons of sugar, and a little pepper. Pour this mixture over the cucumbers and stir it all together so that the cucumbers are covered. Put the salad in the refrigerator and let it chill. Then you’re good to go!

A second variation on the classic cucumber dill salad is the German style salad, called Gurkensalat. You can make this version and use it as your base if you like a less sugary salad:

https://www.daringgourmet.com/german-cucumber-salad-gurkensalat/

The Gurkensalat calls for just one and a half teaspoons of sugar, but it adds minced onion and oil.

These basic salads taste great on their own, but they can also be jazzed up with other ingredients. Lemon juice, tomatoes, red onion, carrots, and radishes are just some vegetables that can be mixed into the salad for maximum taste and few extra calories. Dairy—such as yogurt, feta cheese, mayo, fresh mozzarella, and sour cream—also go great with this salad, adding a bit of tang and protein. Increasing the sugar in the recipe will make a sweeter salad while increasing the vinegar and salt will make a more savory salad.

Instructions to Prepare Cucumber Dill Salad

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If you’re dieting, cucumber dill salad should be at the top of your foods list. It’s low-calorie, filling, and—if you don’t remove the peel and seeds—full of nutrients. Even if you’re not a diet, cucumber dill salad is an easy recipe you can expand and customize for a quick potluck side- dish, a healthy lunch, or a special dinner. Give this versatile recipe a try!

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