Friday, June 19, 2009

Summer Cucumber Salad



Inspiration can sometimes come from unusual sources. Today my inspiration for lunch came from a bowl. Recently the store Anthropologie opened its first store in Canada. I have been to Anthropologie several times while vacationing in the U.S. and fell in love with their beautiful housewares! Until the Anthropologie opened at Don Mills Mall in Toronto, I was getting my Anthropologie fix through their online store, daydreaming over my fantasy kitchen filled with all of their exquisite goods! I finally got to visit the Toronto Anthropologie last week, and although I was tempted to buy out the entire contents of the store, I settled on buying a set of these vibrant lime green latte bowls.

The weather in Toronto has been looking pretty gloomy lately, but today was a gorgeous day that I felt could be represented perfectly by the vibrant colour of my new bowls! I had to find the perfect dish that could match the vibrance of the bowls and that's when I came across this recipe from CookingNook.com for cucumber salad. The bright green of the cucumbers, scallions, and herbs matched my bowl beautifully, and I felt that the brightness in flavour from the lemon juice and fresh herbs matched the feeling I got when I looked at my vivid.

Ingredients:
2 cucumbers, peeled and diced
1 large tomato, cored and chopped
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup sour cream of plain yogurt
4 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
black pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Combine the cucumbers and tomato in a bowl.

2. In another bowl, mix together lemon juice, sour cream or yogurt, scallions, mint, parsley, garlic and pepper. Pour over the cucumbers and tomatoes, gradually to ensure that you are not overdressing the salad, and mix. If you have leftover dressing, it also tastes great as a vegetable dip or lettuce salad dressing.

3. Serve garnished with mint leaves.

11 comments:

the ungourmet said...

Your salad looks sensational!

The weather here was quite gloomy today! The way it rained, it was like God was bailing his bathtub!

Justin said...

so i'm not really a big fan of cucumbers (yes, there are things in the world I don't like!), but this looks so refreshing for summer.

Kamran Siddiqi said...

This looks so delicious and refreshing! Love it!

Kristin said...

Mmmmmmmmm. That sounds so good!

Tracy-Girl said...

this looks good! I think I might try to make it!

DaisyChain said...

This looks and sounds amazing.

Danielle said...

Thank you!! This is definitely a recipe you want to have around for the summer

Carol said...

That looks so refreshing!

Mrs. Myers said...

I love your bowls. The perfect backdrop for a summer masterpiece, even if it does include cucumbers (which I don't love normally)!

ALEXANDRA P. said...

this looks absolutely delish! i love the yogurt aspect!

Jen said...

Yum! I love cucumber! Thank you for the recipe :)