Quick salads, they make my heart beat faster. Quick, tasty salads faster still. Salads with the creamy, beautiful feta from the local Afghan shop, that is almost a heart attack! Here is your 3 minute salad, plus one more minute to slice up the crusty bread or tear the tafftoon or Nan-i Afgani flatbreads into bits and set up your place under the tree outside for a perfect light lunch.
This dish of beautiful fresh buffalo mozzarella balls has saved me many a time, late at night, tired from a long day, collapsed in front of the television. Mozzarella balls are torn apart, tomatoes, cukes and herbs added, and pomegranate molasses drizzled over.
Tearing the fresh Mozzarella adds great texture, great mouth-feel, and a much more interesting look than slicing. Never slice the large balls unless absolutely necessary.
Try these other fresh Buffalo Mozzarella recipes: Green Tomato and Mozzarella Salad, Roasted Red Pepper Salad with Fresh Mozzarella, Mozzarella and Cucumber Salad with Caperberries, and Marinated Zucchini Salad with Bocconcini.
Brunch, that late breakfast or early lunch, really a replacement for both, so that its identity is that it has elements of both. Whether you are doing more lunchy elements for your brunch, or more breakfasty elements, a salad always goes down a treat. Think Avo on Toast with a Brunch Salad. Perfect.
Cucumber Salads never fail to remind me of the British and their cucumber sandwiches. There is something elegant, simple, yet refined and luxurious about cucumbers. The taste is subtle and it is their water content that provides the perception of being cooling and wonderful.
Featuring them in salads is tough, given that subtlety. They can easily be overwhelmed by the ingredients that you pair them with. One of the ways to circumvent this is to use something creamy – feta, ricotta, avocado, for example, and then highlight the flavours with a contrasting tang from an ingredient or the dressing.
That is exactly what this salad does. It relies solely on the quality of the olive oil (must have an excellent taste), the cucumbers (not late seasons, make this in early or mid Summer) and the ricotta (to maximise the creaminess). I do hope that you enjoy it.
Are you looking for other Cucumber Salads? Try Cucumber, Feta, Mint and Dill Salad, Cucumber and Tomato Sunday Salad, Cucumber and Avocado Salad, Translucent Cucumber Salad, and my Mother’s German Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Creamy Dressing.
A salad with a Japanese influenced dressing.
A soft and gentle, quick and easy salad where the crunch of fresh cucumber partners with the soft creaminess of the avocado.
Try some other cucumber recipes – Cucumber Yoghurt Salad (Raita), Tomato and Cucumber Cold Soup, or Mozzarella and Cucumber Salad with Caperberries and Lemon.
This salad is a simple variation on Amber’s Cucumber Salad, but is special enough to deserve it’s own place. It is simple but gorgeous, with the cucumber slices becoming almost translucent if you slice them thin enough. A perfect Summery day’s salad. Serve with some light brown bread for lunch on the terrace.
Cucumbers are a little under-rated in this household, yet they make beautiful salads (and incredible juices!). This salad comes from Amber – a simple salad indeed but with unexpected flavours.
Feel free to browse recipes from our Retro Recipes series. Explore other Cucumber Salads here and here. You might also like our Cucumber recipes here and here. Or browse Salad recipes here and here. Check out our easy Summer recipes here and here.
The joy of yoghurt is beautifully expressed in this flavoursome recipe for Cucumber Raita. Cucumber Raita is a dish known all over the world, and if you must equate it, it is the Indian version of Tzatziki. The combination of cucumber and yoghurt, in what ever form or from what ever cuisine, is well known all over the world. Both ingredients are cooling, so it makes it a special dish for hot weather, but this does not mean that you need to forgo it on cooler days. An essential part of an informal gathering, Cucumber Raita always wins over your guests.
You might like to read more about Pachadi. Browse our Pachadi recipes here and here. Or explore our Yoghurt recipes here and here. Our Indian dishes are here and here. Be inspired by our Summer dishes here and here.
Parts of Asia, from China to Thailand and Singapore, even Bali, have amazing salads of the freshest of vegetables with handfuls of herbs. This salad celebrates that tradition, with ingredients from Japan, China and S.E. Asia. It is a bit of work, truth be told, but it makes such a great salad to take to a large gathering, BBQ or picnic. Not quite a Buddha’s Salad, it is so dynamic it is also wonderful eaten on its own as a course, or a light lunch, perhaps accompanied by some Chinese steamed rice.
The vegetables are all slightly pickled, the tofu is marinated, and the herbs are plentiful. Look for unusual ingredients in your local Chinese or Asian grocery shop.
This recipe is a little similar to Kylie’s Asian Herb and Sesame Salad, although they come from different sources. Both are worth trying if you enjoy slightly pickled salads. You might also like Cucumber and Red Radish Slightly Pickled Salad, or Slightly Pickled Mushrooms in Tamari and Sesame Oil. Also try Asian Style Greens with garlic and Sesame.
Feel free to browse recipes from our Retro Recipes series – these are vegetarian recipes from our first blog, from 1995 – 2005. You might also like all of our Tofu recipes and all of our SE Asian recipes. All of our Salad recipes are here. Or spend some time to explore our easy Late Summer recipes.
A quick summer salad that takes less than 5 minutes to make.
The simplest of salads, quick, easy and divine. The cucumber and avocado so soft and delicately balance with the dressing.
Try some other cucumber recipes – Cucumber, Feta, Mint and Dill Salad, Cucumber Yoghurt Salad (Raita), Tomato and Cucumber Cold Soup, or Mozzarella and Cucumber Salad with Caperberries and Lemon.
Perhaps you are looking for Avocado Recipes? Have a look at Avocado and Celery Cold Soup.
My Mother’s favourite salad
My mother, with her Germanic background, used to make a tomato and cucumber salad each summer which always delighted. With its wonderful creamy dressing it featured on all of our special occasions.
The soft flavours of fresh mozzarella pair with the tang of preserved lemon and caperberries.
Fresh Mozzarella is ideal for salads, having a creamy texture but soft flavour, so it compliments strong and tangy flavours. It also heightens dishes like grilled fennel, or produces soft and gentle flavours when paired with other soft flavours.
This salad has the softness of cucumber and mozzarella, and the tang of caperberries and preserved lemon. Each level of flavour is evident. It is a great summery salad.
Fresh and inviting
It is rather rare to have raw ingredients in South Indian cuisine. At the least, most ingredients are sauteed. There are a couple of exceptions. This is a Kosumalli, closer to a Western version of a salad than, say, Sundals and Pachadi dishes which are often referred to as salads but differ from their Western counterparts.
While Western salads depend on their dressing – primarily oil, vinegar, mayonnaise and herbs – to make the collection of raw ingredients interesting, Indian Kosumalli use crunch from the fried lentils, the taste of coconut, the tang of lime or lemon juice, and spices.
This vesion of the salad Kosummali is fresh and lively with the ever present hit of chilli. You will love it. The smell of the cucumber after the hot ghee hits it is divine.
This recipe is the 4th version (so far) of Cucumber Kosumalli on our site, each one different to the others.
You can see all Kosumalli Recipes here. Or explore all of our Cucumber Salads. We have a wealth of other Salad recipes too, so feel free to browse our complete collection. You can also browse all of our Indian recipes, or simply check out our Late Autumn dishes.
A perfect and simple tangy salad to make in a hurry. Serve with hot or cold dishes.
With this continuing very hot weather, the only thought is about salads. Here is a simple one with Cucumbers, Red Onion and Red Radish. It is delightful.
Similar recipes include Japanese Quick Pickled Radishes, Quick Pickled Radishes with Asian Flavours, Braised, Glazed Radishes, and Jicama, Radish and Green Mango Salad. Also try Slightly Picked Mushrooms with Tamari and Sesame.
Another wonderful cucumber salad for hot days. Easy to prep ahead of time.
The morning is hot and still. Clouds dot the blue sky. I love the stillness of the mornings and begin the day in the kitchen with a coffee in one hand and some cucumbers in the other. Red onions and mustard sit on he Kitchen Bench.
We have a wealth of salad recipes. You can browse them here. Or are you looking for something different to do with cucumbers – check out our cucumber recipes here. Or take some time to browse our Late Summer recipes.