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Healthy Cucumber Dressing

Healthy Cucumber Dressing

Healthy Cucumber Dressing

I’m the woman who loves to eat cucumbers for snacks late at night. Peeled and sliced, they’re my idea of a midnight snack. Not chocolate, not chips, I want cold slices of fresh cucumber. I also slice them into lettuce or spinach salads, or diced them into chicken or crab salad for sandwiches. Dipped in guacamole might be my favorite way of taking them a step up. The other day I wanted to use them to make a dressing for a salad for dinner. I wanted to keep it healthy and lower in calories.

I found this recipe and it seemed ideal. No dairy products or mayonnaise, just extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice with minced onion and a few other spices. Spin in the blender until creamy.

Add dressing ingredients to a blender.

Add dressing ingredients to a blender.

And that’s the simplest creamy dressing I’ve ever made! It took a few minutes to peel, remove seeds and chop the cucumber.  I measured the rest of the ingredients into the blender and pulsed.

Blend until smooth. It took awhile, the onions didn't want to play well with others.

Blend until smooth. It took awhile, the onions didn’t want to play well with others.

Reducing it to a creamy dressing in the blender took several minutes.  The onion could have been chopped even finer, and it would perhaps have pureed easier.

I poured the dressing into a container and set in the fridge until needed.

I poured the dressing into a container and set in the fridge until needed.

I put the dressing into a container and stored it in the fridge until dinner.

I assembled the salad add spinach leaves, avocado and diced tomatoes,

I assembled the salad add spinach leaves, avocado and diced tomatoes,

I’d made a spinach salad with diced tomatoes, cucumbers and avocado.

I marianted pieces of chicken breast in an Italian dressing for several hours

I marinated pieces of chicken breast in an Italian dressing for several hours

I’d also marinated sliced chicken breast in a garlic and herb bottled marinade.

After the salad was assembled I quickly fried the chicken and topped the salad.

After the salad was assembled I quickly fried the chicken and topped the salad.

I fried the chicken last, to place on top of the salad for our protein fix.

I garnished the salads with shredded Monterey Jack and chopped green onions

I garnished the salads with shredded Monterey Jack and chopped green onions

I sprinkled shredded Monterey Jack and chopped green onions over the top of the salads.

Healthy Cucumber Dressing

Healthy Cucumber Dressing

We drizzled the creamy cucumber dressing over the salad.  We used the entire recipe over our two large salads.

Healthy Cucumber Dressing

Healthy Cucumber Dressing

Delicious! I like that the dressing seemed to be a part of the salad. As much as I like vinaigrettes and other dressings, they always seem to be more of an outside snap of flavor that surprises me. This salad was more of a cohesive effort that blended together very well. Does that make sense? If not, let’s just say it was GREAT!

Healthy Cucumber Dressing

  • Servings: 2 large salads
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 small cucumber; peel, remove seeds and chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • Dash cayenne
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh dill or basil, or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill (I used fresh dill)
  • 1 teaspoon minced onion (mince as fine as possible for easier pureeing)


Put the cucumber, oil, lemon juice, salt, garlic, and cayenne in a blender and process on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Stir in dill and onions.

Adapted from Strong and BeyondTiara Logo

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