Dilly Cucumber Salad

I took the kids for a walk today.  I don’t know if I mentioned it but we live at the bottom of a hill and the entire town is uphill from us.  So we walked for about 45 minutes and then turned around and came home.  We did the same thing yesterday and we were itching to get out of the house again today.  But if you’re jealous because we must have had nice weather to go for such a long walk…  No.  We actually put it off and put it off all morning because it snowed last night.  Not much, but it did.  And even on our walk it snowed a little bit on us.  Good thing we were walking fast enough to stay warm.  I think my son is going to be a runner – he has to run to keep up with me but rarely complains.  Ahh, that’s what getting some exercise should be like.

I have to admit, I have a problem.  I buy herbs and use a little bit(or none at all) and then slowly watch them deteriorate in the fridge.  Who doesn’t love having fresh herbs on hand all the time?  But I have to say I’d much rather grow them because then I can forget about them for 2 weeks and they’re still yummy.  I love dill.  It is so good.  In bread, on potato salad, even on a green salad.  But somehow I still have a problem using it up.  Around the holidays my husbands Opa came to visit and made a really simple cucumber salad that my little sister in law and I couldn’t stop munching on, even after dinner, until it was all gone.  This was my attempt to recreate it, and though it wasn’t as good, it still makes for a nice salad(that will be amazing in warmer weather) and it’s super quick.

Simple Dilly Cucumber Salad

Makes 2 large servings or at least 4 small servings

  • 1 large long English Cucumber, cut into ribbons with a mandolin or vegetable peeler(or you can cut it into thin rounds)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp sugar or honey(to taste)
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh dill(or you can substitute 1+ tbsp of dried dill)

In a small bowl mix together the dressing ingredients and leave them while you cut your cucumber.  Cut your cucumber however you like.  This time I did long noodle like pieces, but the last time I made it I took a veggie peeler and sliced 2″ long “noodles” all the way around the cucumber till I got to the end.  Or you can just slice the end to get thin rounds.  Just before serving mix the cucumber with the dressing.  If you can, try to drain the cucumber before adding the dressing as there’s a lot of juice in the bottom of the bowl usually and you don’t want it to be too watery.

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26 Responses to Dilly Cucumber Salad

  1. Lisa says:

    This looks great—I love dill and cukes 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lauren Hayes says:

    That salad look so good! It looks so light and refreshing! I do the same thing with herbs by the way. I have wasted so many! At least I know I’m not the only one 🙂

  3. The way you cut the zucchini is gorgeous. I am so dependent on (and thankful for) my mandoline!

    • Thank you Sam! I actually don’t have a mandoline. I reeeaaaally need one 😀 I’m betting this would actually taste good with zucchini too, but maybe in smaller pieces. I’m going to try that when my zucchinis start growing 😀

  4. Oops! Meant cukes not zucs 😉

  5. I have the same problem with herbs! I saw and “herb saver” thingie at the grocery store and was tempted to buy it, but did not. This looks so light and refreshing! Will have to try it soon.

  6. Cindy says:

    Love love love this kind of salad. And you’ve taken it to the next level with the ribbons. I’m totally going to do that this summer. Yum!

  7. emily says:

    this salad reminds me that spring is coming. 🙂
    we had snow yesterday, too. i was pretty sad, but it melted later, thank goodness.

  8. megi says:

    I love dill and cucumbers and this salad looks perfect, I love the long noodle shape of the cucumbers, I can only imagine how refreshing it is!

  9. OMG I currently have dill in my fridge! Excuse me while I go make this 🙂

  10. Faith says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving that sweet comment! I’m in love with your blog and I know I’ll be back often. What a great salad, cucumber and dill is a match made in heaven!

  11. Faith says:

    I do the same thing with fresh herbs, but they’re just so much more flavorful than dried ones! Dill is one of my favorites though, and this cold salad looks like just the kind of refreshing thing I’m going to be craving when the weather gets super hot this summer!

  12. Lele says:

    Yaaaaaay I have fresh dill and cucumbers in my fridge and it is lunchtime!

  13. Lauren says:

    I have a hard time using up fresh herbs, too. I love to have them around but they seem to go bad faster than I can use them. I have a recipe that I’m itching to try for cilantro peanut pesto the next time I buy cilantro!

    I also wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. =) I’m so anxious to try some of your recipes!

  14. Jennifer says:

    Right before I discovered your post, I had just finished eating a bunch of cucumber. I was thinking it would be nice to add some flavour to it! This looks perfect. I will make this the next time I have cucumber. 🙂

  15. Meghna says:

    Wow looks very summery and refreshing… how did slice it so thin???

  16. Anne O says:

    I stumbled upon this post on tastespotting.com and bookmarked it for dinner tonight. Delicious! Though cutting with my vegetable peeler didn’t yield anything nearly this beautiful :-/ Oh well, tasty and in our stomachs either way!

  17. Lizzie says:

    Last night, The Honey brought home the biggest cucumber in the history of western civilization and now I know where some of it is going to end up. Thanks for the inspiration! Gorgeous and it’s 80 degrees in LA today too!!

  18. Great side dish 🙂 I love it 🙂

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