It's that time of summer where I've had a lot of potato salad. I'm not complaining mind you, because I love it. However, my waist line may not. I was looking for a potato salad alternative that would still hit those classic flavors, just not be as heavy.
As usual, Ina Garten had the solution, Creamy Cucumber Salad! The cucumbers are great right now at my local markets, and if you've grown your own chances are you may have an abundance of them ready to eat. So grab 4 (or 5) and make this easy summer salad.
The ingredients could not be simpler:
4 hot house cucumbers (although as I said if you have some you've grown you could use those).
2 small red onions (I actually used one large red onion because that's what I had on hand, it was fine)
4 cups whole milk plain yogurt
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons of champagne or white wine vinegar (I only had white wine so that's what I used)
1/2 cup fresh dill (it sounds like a lot but it's the star of this recipe so don't skimp)
1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
Okay, so there's a little prep involved with this, so if you're hoping to serve it an hour from now, it's just not going to happen. However I think the prep makes a difference.
Chop your cucumbers and onions and place them in a colander over a bowl. Give a generous sprinkle of salt (sounds strange but you need it for this process to work, it wont taste too salty I promise). Wrap the whole thing in plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, but it's best if it stays in overnight. What you are doing is draining the liquid from the cucumbers, this will help to make the salad creamy.
At the same time, take a paper towel or piece of cheesecloth and place it over a sieve, place this over a bowl as well. Pour your yogurt into the sieve and let it sit the same amount of time as the cucumbers.
Okay the tough parts over, once it's been at least four hours take a paper towel and give a good squeeze to the cucumbers to get out the rest of the liquid. Remove your yogurt (it will kind of look like Burrata, chop your dill and add all of ingredients together and mix. That's it! It's truly that simple.
I have to admit I think I could have drained my cucumbers a little bit more, but overall I really enjoyed this dish and would make it again. I am curious what using Greek Yogurt would do and may try it next time.
What are some of your favorite summer sides?