Normally I wouldn’t use a weight watchers recipe. I’m not a follower- I have more success simply counting calories on an app. But cucumbers are my world! I eat them in almost any way, shape or form. This caviar sounded good. It had all of the ingredients and flavors of guacamole, minus the avocados, add the cucumbers. It’s probably more correctly called a salsa but that’s just semantics. You’ll want to grab a chip and dig in.
I set to work chopping the ingredients, throwing them into a bowl as I went. Cucumbers, tomatoes and onions went into the bowl after being chopped finely. You can leave them a little less fine, but the finer they are the more tastes you can get with each scoop when you eat the salsa.
I’m also not a huge fan of cilantro, being one of the people to whom they taste “soapy”. But eating a salsa, I can forgive the sudsy taste if there are enough other flavors. I added the cilantro and the parsley to the bowl.
I chopped a whole orange sweet bell pepper. The original recipe called for green pepper but I prefer a less bitter and more almost sweet tasting pepper. It was also a chance to add more color using an orange or yellow pepper.
I added the seasonings and the lime juice. I used bottled juice, I can’t keep fresh limes or lemons handy at the prices they’re now going for in the grocery store. I have to plan ahead if I need a real lime or lemon! I mixed the salad and tasted for further seasoning. I added a bit more salt and was pleased. Superb!
I covered my cucumber caviar and refrigerated it for a couple of hours to let it meld. When I was ready, I served myself a bowl of caviar, a bowl of tortilla chips and a cold beverage. It was my happy hour! I could eat this caviar often!
I liked making the cucumber salad/salsa/caviar with Mexican flavors. Slight heat, I was happy with the new way to eat my beloved cucumbers. And without mayo for once! Less calories!
Adapted from Skinny Recipes
A fresh vegetable caviar/salsa with a little kick!
- 2 medium cucumbers; peeled, seeded and chopped finely
- 4 Roma tomatoes; chopped finely
- 1 sweet bell pepper; chopped (use an orange one for extra color!)
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, minced (I used a tsp of canned jalapeno)
- 1 small onion; chopped finely
- 1 clove garlic; minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh or bottled lime juice
- 1 teaspoon fresh parsley; minced
- 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro; minced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate an hour or two to allow flavors to blend.
Serve cold with tortilla chips or Fritos Scoops.
Lasted for 6 days in the fridge. Beyond that, not sure!