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 and Avocado Salad, Translucent Cucumber Salad, and my Mother’s German Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Creamy Dressing.
All of our Cucumber Salads are here, and all of the Cucumber Recipes are worth browsing. Otherwise, perhaps browse our Mid Summer recipes.
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A salad with a Japanese influenced dressing.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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 here and here. Or browse the SE Asian recipes here and here. All of our Salad recipes are here and here. Or spend some time to explore our easy Summer recipes here and here.
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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 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.
Browse our other Cucumber recipes here and here, and our Salad recipes here and here. We have a collection of Bittman Salads here. Or be inspired by our Mid Summer recipes here.
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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.
Browse all of our Tomato Salads here and here, and all of our Cucumber Salads here and here. Find inspiration in our Summer Recipes here and here.
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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.
Are you looking for a salad? You might like to browse our mozzarella dishes, and our salads here and here. Our favourites are Grilled Fennel with Mozzarella and Beetroot Salad with Honey and Ginger.
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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 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, coconut, lime or lemon juice, and spices.
This 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.
You can see all Kosumalli Recipes here. You might enjoy Cucumber Kosumalli with Sesame (V1), Cucumber Kosumalli (V2), and Cucumber Kosumalli (V3). Explore all Cucumber Salads here and here. Browse our complete Salad collection here and here.
Continue reading “A Fresh Indian Cucumber Salad | Cucumber and Mung Kosumalli, Version 4 | Vellarikkai Kosumalli”
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.
Browse our Salad recipes here and here. You might particularly like Pawpaw Salsa, Grown up Potato Salad, and a Kachumber – Indian Salad. Find all of the Cucumber Salads here and here. Or explore all of the Bittman Salads. Browse the Radish recipes here and here.
Looking for something different to do with cucumbers? Why not try Kachumber Salad, Simple but Best Cucumber Salad, or a Cucumber Curry?
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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. You might particularly like Pawpaw Salsa, Grown up Potato Salad, and a Kachumber – Indian Salad. Or are you looking for something different to do with cucumbers? Check out our cucumber recipes here.
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Enjoy a special cucumber salad on a hot summer day. Or any time.
Kosumalli/ Kosambari is a very simple salad, one without many spices and made with raw vegetables. It is often made with cucumber but can be made from a variety of vegetables such as plantain stem, radish, carrot, sweet corn and zucchini. It may include soaked split green gram (split mung) or split channa (split chickpeas), coriander leaves, grated coconut, chilies and lemon juice. It can be tempered with black mustard seeds and perhaps some asafoetida.
This is a little different Cucumber Kosumalli to some other ones posted earlier (eg this version and this version) You can see all Kosumalli Recipes here.
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You can never have too many cucumber salads.
Meenakshi Ammal in her Cook and See Vol 1 book has a slightly different Cucumber Kosumalli to the ones posted earlier (this version and this version) with coconut and few spices. This version has more spices and a delicious dish.
You can see all Kosumalli Recipes here. Or check all Cucumber Salads here and here. Browse all of the Indian recipes here.
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Serve as part of a summery luncheon spread. Yum!
At Xmas the fridge fills with all things wonderful, the exotic and the common. And then I spend the next weeks slowly working through the food left in the fridge after cooking a xmas meal for the family.
This morning I am working with some pre-cooked white peas and cucumbers. The white peas were turned into a wonderful curry – North Indian in style with (seemingly) a million spices and a tomato-y gravy.
It needed something light and airy to go with it, something to lift the “groundedness” of it, to bring a little tang and bite, to cut through the deliciousness but heaviness of that sauce. Continue reading “Smashed Garlic and Ginger Cucumber Salad”