Eastern European Cucumber Salad

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There is no dinner on Eastern European table without the Cucumber Salad.  It is a staple food for Poles, Russians and many other nationalities. Growing up, I literally had it as part of my dinner every other day.

It is fast and easy to make, it’s delicious, and cucumbers are fairly easy to grow in colder climate, so I can understand why Cucumber Salad became such a favorite.  It is very versatile, therefore it can be added as a side to virtually any main dish.  In the photo I paired it up with some oven baked garlic potatoes.  Here is how to make it.

 

Ingredients:

1 or 2 fresh, organic cucumbers

fresh dill weed

Tofutti’s ‘Better Than Sour Cream”

salt (Celtic, Redmond or pink himalayan)

black pepper

 

Instructions:

  1. Peel the cucumbers; traditional salad has the cucumbers peeled, but if your cucumber are organic, you are more than welcome to leave the skin on. With a knife or chef’s Mandoline, slice up the cucumbers fairly thinly.
  2. Wash and cut the dill weed into fine bits.
  3. Mix in 1 or 2 tablespoons of Tofutti’s ‘Better Than Sour Cream’, stir and coat slices evenly.
  4. Mix in the dill weed.
  5. Add salt and a tiny dash of black pepper to taste.
  6. Enjoy!

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Side Note: Russians and Poles absolutely love dill weed.  They add dill to nearly every recipe, such as soups, potatoes, salads, even marinades and pickled goods.  Dill weed has many positive health benefits.  It is a great source of calcium, manganese and iron.  It is an anti-oxidant, therefore it is antiviral and anti-inflammatory.  According to Dr. Axe, dill weed can lower your cholesterol, contains fatty acids that aid digestions, acts as a natural anti-depressant, and it may help with alleviating painful menstrual cramps.

Additionally, dill weed is very potent and fragrant, and it really brings out the flavor , so feel free to experiment with it.

 

 

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16 Comments

  1. September 11, 2017 / 7:07 am

    Wow this looked so fresh and healthy I definitely want to give it a try!

  2. September 11, 2017 / 8:25 am

    Fellow vegan here! Thank you so much for sharing awesome plant-based recipes!

  3. September 11, 2017 / 10:05 am

    This was a Sunday salad for us when I was growing up. Being a vegan I thought I will have to give up on making it, but I am happy for the tip on the cream replacement. Thank you for sharing!

  4. September 11, 2017 / 11:14 am

    Easy and tasty – could also be nice with some radishes I think. Have to try it out my self.

  5. September 11, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    I’ve seen something similar to this before and would really like to try this. I love cucumbers!

  6. September 11, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    Haven’t tried tofutti, but I like using greek yogurt as a substitute. Anything with dill and cucumbers is awesome in our home!

  7. September 11, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    I love cucumbers, and I love them paired with dill! I bet this is a delicious dish!

  8. September 11, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    This recipe makes me think of my great-grandmother.

  9. Cat
    September 11, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Mmmm this cucumber salad looks so tasty! Cannot wait to try to have some at home!

  10. September 12, 2017 / 4:24 am

    sounds interesting…i do love english cucumbers!

  11. September 12, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    I love cucumbers and am always looking for new ways to eat them. This looks great, I think I better make this salad soon while cucumbers are still in season.

  12. September 12, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    Your Cucumber Salad looks so delicious and refreshing! Here in California it’s been in the high 90s-100 degrees. This yummy crisp salad is perfect for these hot-weather days.

  13. September 12, 2017 / 11:30 pm

    I’m might not being vegan but I love any kind of salad. If you like cucumber and tomato you can try our traditional Greek salad.
    Have a nice day dear!

  14. September 13, 2017 / 3:59 am

    First, thanks for getting straight to the recipe!! Second, I can’t wait to try this with our next meal!! Sounds delicious!!

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