Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"Cool as a Cucumber" Salad

While the actual definition of the phrase "cool as a cucumber" is "calm and unruffled," I've decided to change it to "something that sounds tasty even when it's 150 degrees in your kitchen." Hey.... any idiot can be a writer, but it takes a special kind of idiot to change an idiom. Yeah, that's right. I'm that special kind of idiot.

Cucumber salads are just perfect for this extremely warm weather we've been having. Slap it together in the morning and it's ready to eat by the evening meal, preferably with something grilled outside as the main entree. Take note that those are not red onions in this salad, but rather my gorgeous purple peppers I was bragging about last week.

"Cool As A Cucumber" Salad

4 cups thinly sliced cucumber
1 cup thinly sliced sweet onion
1 bell pepper (any color) thinly sliced
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 tsp celery seed
2 TBSP Splenda (or sugar)
the juice of one half lime
kosher salt and pepper

Combine the sliced veggies in a large bowl. In a small bowl mix the remaining ingredients. Check dressing and adjust salt and pepper seasoning as needed.

Stir the dressing into the veggies and combine well. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours for best flavor.

I'm entering this recipe in Jen's Kitchen Bootcamp Challenge for July.


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Thanks for submitting this salad for Kitchen Bootcamp... it looks great. Cool as a cucumber, even :)

I love that you put the purple peppers on top... They are so pretty!

June said...

Sounds delicious and looks so beautiful. The only problem is cucumbers are a tough sell around here.

Megan said...

I love your new definition. I hope it catches on!

Megan said...

I love cucumbers but unfortunately, the hubby does not, so I never make anything with them and I should! Might have to make enough for just me. :)

The Mom Chef said...

I love, adore and crave cucumbers on a year-round basis. I also really like the use of lime instead of its better-known and more popular stuck-up younger sister, lemon, who's thin and gorgeous and successful (no I don't have issues). I'll give this a go....many thanks!

Moogie said...

Yum... Mags. Yours looks way better than mine. Have you been studying food presentation?

Nanan said...

That sure would cool me off!

Julie said...

Beautiful! Love summer cucumber salads!

Karen said...

I haven't had a cucumber salad in ages... this one looks good. I've never seen purple peppers!

Laurie said...

Oh ya. I'm making this salad real soon! Cucs are a big seller in our family. My kids inhale cucumbers at an almost alarming rate.
Looks great, Mags. :)

Mei Teng said...

Beautiful salad. And excellent photo.

Sue said...

Mags, You're so funny! This salad sounds yummy and looks great!

Weight Loss Tips said...

I look forward to trying out your cucumber salad, love the refreshing sound of it, you know cool as a cucumber.

Maria said...

Great salad for summer time!

dining room table said...

What a very nice salad this is! I like it so much. Love cucumbers!