As the weather warms up, few salads are as refreshing as a cool cucumber creation. Whether as a side dish or light lunch, this cucumber salad hits the spot with its bright, herbacious flavors. The combo of yogurt, garlic, and lemon gives it a pleasant zing beyond your basic sliced cucumbers.

For something light yet still satisfying, Greek yogurt is my base of choice. Its subtle tang acts as a creamy binder to hold everything together. Minced garlic adds a gentle backnote of warmth without being overpowering. And fresh lemon juice brings everything to life with a lift of bright acidity.

As an herb lover, dill is a must for any cucumber recipe in my book. Its feathery texture and anise notes pair perfectly with the vegetable’s mildness. A brief soak in a dressing of the yogurt, garlic, lemon, and a touch of sugar allows the cucumbers to soak up maximum flavor.

1. Cucumber Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 English cucumbers, diced
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pinch black pepper

Instructions

In a medium bowl, combine Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and pepper. Whisk until smooth and season to taste.

Add cucumbers and dill to yogurt mixture. Gently toss to evenly coat.

Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow flavors to blend. Stir again before serving.

That light brining time allows the cucumbers to become infused with fresh herb and citrus essence. The salt draws out just enough liquid so each bite carries the dressing’s tangy-herbacious complexity. Served chilled, it makes the perfect accompaniment to grilled meats and seafood on warm evenings.

I also enjoy mixing in other crunchy veggies like radishes, snap peas, or julienned carrots for color and texture. Crumbled feta adds a pleasing salty bite. And diced tomatoes turn it into more of a light summer salad when their season is ripe.

However, I often return to this simplest version relying on just four main flavors – cucumbers, garlic, lemon, and dill. Their balance creates a brightness you’ll want to keep coming back for bite after refreshing bite.

Whether for potlucks, cookouts, or simple lunches at home, this easy cucumber salad elevates basic sliced cucumbers to new levels. It brings enough flavor without being too heavy to steal the show on any spread. So give this light and bright Greek yogurt cucumber salad a try – I promise its fresh herbaceous pop will become your new go-to recipe!

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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