Summer Salad with Cucumber, Radishes + Fresh Dill

This salad screams summer with crunchy radishes and fresh dill - it’s the perfect accompaniment to your next bbq.

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Happy Monday!!! We are officially into our second week of July which is so hard to believe, I mean once July is here the rest of summer really flies by doesn’t it? This year we keep saying that we are going to really enjoy the nice weather and get outside more which also includes barbecuing as much as possible.

For me, one of the things that bring back the most summertime memories is fresh dill. Both my mom and my grandma use to grow it in their gardens and so even the smell reminds me of summer. We would have fresh dill on so many different things, and while this salad wasn’t something thing that graced out table it easily could have since we grew basically all of the ingredients.

The combination of fresh cucumbers and spicy radishes gives crunch and contrast to the tender spring mix and tart lemon - but really dill is the star of this show! I feel very strongly that fresh dill is a must in this recipe, though that being said I haven't actually tried it with dried dill. But like anything else when you can use fresh - do it.

So run and don’t walk to get some fresh dill - your summer dishes will never be the same!

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prep time 15 minutes

assemble time 5 minutes

total time 20 minutes

servings 4

Ingredients

6 radishes

1 long English cucumber

1 bag mixed greens

2 tbsp fresh dill chopped

1 lemon

1 tsp dijon mustard

3 tbsp olive oil

salt + pepper

Instructions

On a large serving platter lay out spring mix then top with thinly sliced cucumbers and radishes.

In a small bowl combine chopped dill, the juice of the lemon, dijon mustard and olive oil. Whisk together then season with salt + pepper. Drizzle dressing over the salad then serve immediately.

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Grilled Cucumber Greek Salad with Warm Pita

Marinading and grilling your cucumbers adds a fresh take to a classic greek salad.

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So I don’t know about you guys but when it’s the weather is warm and sunny I really don’t want to cook. Are you guys the same?

So this past weekend was one of those weekends. It was super warm and turning on the oven was the last thing I wanted to do. Now, the other thing that I love about warm weather is all of the farmer's markets, nothing says spring more than buying vegetables from local farmers.

So this past weekend while wandering a market we came across a vendor that had amazing Greek olive oil, feta and all the yummy things needed for a fresh greek salad. Now I love a classic Greek salad but I also love to switch things up which is where the marinaded grilled cucumber came from. I love grilled romaine so why not grill up other veggies?

I’m very happy to say it turned out wonderfully! The marinade gives an extra level of flavour that melds perfectly with the classic vinaigrette. So the next time it’s too warm to cook grill up your new favourite salad!

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prep time 50 minutes

cook time 10 hour

total time 60 minutes

servings 4

Ingredients

8 baby cucumbers

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1/3 cup olive oil

5 cloves of garlic

1/2 tsp salt

8 small tomatoes

1/4 white onion

1/2 cup kalamata olives

1/2 cup crumbled feta

4 pitas

olive oil

seasoning salt

In a medium container or ziplock bag place sliced cucumbers, red wine vinegar, olive oil, finely chopped garlic and salt and allow to marinade for 10 minutes.

Heat a grill pan over medium heat until very hot. Grill each cucumber slice for 2 minutes per side. *Be sure to not overcook, you want your cucumbers to still be crunchy.

In a medium bowl place cucumbers, quartered tomatoes, thinly sliced white onions, olives and crumbled feta. Add vinaigrette and toss to combine. Place in fridge for 30 minutes to allow cucumbers to cool and flavours to come together.

In your preheated grill pan place pita bread that has been brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with seasoning salt. Grill until pita is warmed through.

Vinaigrette

2 cloves of garlic

1 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried mustard

1/8 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

In a small bowl combine all ingredients and stir until fully combined.

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