I know, I know, many of my recipes call for ingredients you probably are not used to keeping stocked in your kitchen. While one of the purposes of this blog is to introduce you to new nutrient-packed ingredients you can use when cooking and baking, this Cucumber Basil Summer Salad recipe is one that I’m sure all of you can make very easily without finding any special ingredients. One cucumber, one lemon, full fat or 2% fat plain unsweetened yogurt, salt, pepper, and fresh basil is all you need. Here in France I’m using yogurt from the Ferme des Peupliers which is a creamy plain yogurt without any touch of acidity. Once you’ve tasted a “yaourt fermier” (translates roughly to yogurt direct from the farm) you’ll never go back to the industrial alternative. Sure, the price is a little bit more. But it’s way better!
Slice the cucumber as thinly as you can, (or use a mandolin to do this.) Then sprinkle salt on the cucumber. Let sit 10 minutes. Drain the water that comes out of the cucumber. Squeeze the juice of one whole lemon on the cucumber, add the yogurt, salt, and pepper, and stir well.
Sprinkle fresh basil leaves over the top, and voila! We love this salad so much we probably have it at least twice a month. It’s perfect for a hot summer evening when you don’t feel like cooking or turning on your oven. We had ours with some cheese and bread, and called that dinner. As you know, dinner in France is very light, since we typically eat our big protein and starch at lunch time, and we’ve also had a gouter (snack time) around 4:30 or 5pm. One cucumber will make enough salad for 2 people.
How lucky are we that summer is here! If you didn’t see my video on Facebook yesterday, I gave you a little peek at my newly red strawberries that I’ve been nurturing from March when I received them as just tiny roots. I ate the first ones yesterday and they were very sweet. How amazing is it to be able to grow your own strawberries… You can see the video at www.facebook.com/fullfatdiet.
Have a great day.