My Note: Just as I do lighter reading in the summer (See last two reviews by scrolling back), I also lighten my eating habits with lots of summer salads. The one today is mainly cucumbers, which are perfect for summer since they are watery and light and perfect for summer salads. I bought mini-cukes because the large ones sometimes begin to go bad before I finish them.
Here is nutritional information on cucumbers with source:
The cucumber is considered to be a super vegetable due to its nutrient value including protein, fat, magnesium, carbohydrates, iron, and phosphorus, Vitamin A, B, C and B2. There are 35,100 to 486,700 parts per quadrillion linoleic acid. It has high water content and it is often included in low carb diet for people who want to go for a weight loss program. All the nutrients found in cucumber makes it a beneficial for healthy living. 10 nutritional benefits are listed here –
1: Keeps our body hydrated 2: Blood pressure stabilizer 3: Improves digestion
4: Prevention of Cancer 5: Helps in overcoming joint pains 6: Improves the condition of kidneys
7: Strong tissues and healthy joints 8: Oral health (good for strengthening teeth, gums and kills bacteria in mouth) 9: Good for diabetes 10: Reduces cholesterol
Utensils: Cutting board and knife, strainer, bowl and serving plate
Prep. Time: 15 minute
Cooking Time: None
Categories: Vegan, Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Paleo
Ingredients (Add any you wish to include)
one large or two small organic cucumbers
two scallions (mostly white parts)
organic red bell pepper
6-8 black or green pitted olives
Dressing of choice
(Black) sesame seeds
Salt & Pepper, optional
Fresh dill to taste
1. Wash and drain cukes, scallions, olives and pepper.
2. Slice cukes with skins if tender, mince scallions, slice olives into thirds lengthwise and place in
a bowl. (Slice pepper and add after tossing below.)
3. Toss salad ingredients with dressing. I use fresh lemon and some olive oil. Place slivers of pepper around bowl. Top with sesame seeds,
dill, and optional salt & pepper. Serve chilled.
Feel free to garnish with sprouts if you have them.