Use your garden produce or farmer’s market finds to make this refreshing and easy cucumber dill dressing for salad, dip, or even as a sauce on fish.
What is more refreshing in summer than the bright flavor of cucumbers, full of water content and brimming with so many possibilities? Not much. Cucumbers in water have long been a way to help get moisture back in the body on blistering summer days. I’m just finding additional ways to include these invigorating vegetables (I just like to use those two words together 🤣) and to use up a bumper crop of cucumbers.
We’re not dressing cucumbers here. The cucumbers are the dressing.
Instead of creating some creamy concoction that you toss over cucumbers as the salad, this recipe blitzes up the cucumbers themselves to use over the salad. Since they’re so full of water they blend easily into a sauce that is almost the perfect consistency on its own! I love this over just a plain green salad, or sometimes a bit of tuna on the salad.
This cucumber dill dressing is super fast – like 5 minutes or less!
This is a ‘dump in the blender or food processor and go’ type thing. The only thing I do separately is add a little milk in the end to thin to my desired level. Sometimes I don’t need any. Sometimes I need a couple of tablespoons. It really depends on the water level of my cucumber. Which usually depends on how long before I make the dressing I picked it in the garden. If you’re using store bought cucumbers they’ll have slightly less moisture and need a bit more milk at the end.
The possibilities go beyond salad dressing!
I’ve used this is several ways over the last few summers:
-As a dip. Don’t thin at all, just leave it thick for dipping veggies and pita chips, or even chicken tenders!
-As a sauce on salmon. So delicious!
-Believe it or not, on a chicken taco! It’s a great twist!
-As the sauce in a cold potato salad. Instead of a mayo dressing, use this!
-To dress a pasta salad. I know, technically that’s still a salad, but to me it’s a whole new ball game.
-Drizzled over a tomato steak. Nothing says summer like tomatoes and cucumbers together.
I hope you give this a try!
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