Happy Sunday! Man, I love weekends!
Correction: I love SUMMER weekends! This weekend my Hubster and I went to Jasper (for the second weekend in a row actually!) to enjoy in the splendour that is The Rocky Mountains! We chose to camp this weekend, and although a little chilly at night, it’s been splendid.
Today’s recipe is a P E R F E C T addition to a BBQ or to make a big batch of and take camping like we did! It’s light, fresh, tangy, crunchy, and yes… healthy!
My Mom used to make Creamy Cucumber Salad with green beans when I was younger and it was truly one of my favourites so I decided to put my own twist on this recipe to lighten it up a little and add in one of my favourites… K A L E.
The traditional Creamy Cucumber Salad calls for a whole lot of mayo, sugar, vinegar, and salt to be mixed into a dressing that douses a huge bowl of sliced cucumber. While this IS delicious, I’ll admit I gobbled up my Moms recipe with no hesitation, it does need a little healthifying to be fit for NITK!
I decided to stick with cucumber (can’t have a Creamy Cucumber Salad without the cucumber right??) and used both field cucumber and mini cucumbers because I thought the little variation of textures and size would be fun!
In the salad I also wanted to add something else so I chose kale as it’s such a great green for holding lots of flavourful dressing in each little leafy crevice.
The kale and cucumber worked together wonderfully, and I chose to add red onion to bring in some bite! The dressing was a bit of a challenge but I opted to stick with mayonnaise, lessening the amount, and use stevia as a better sweetener option (you can most definitely try honey here too!), white vinegar, salt, and pepper to create a lighter, refined sugar free dressing with ample amounts of zing!
Oh, and not to mention, it’s so pretty! Am I right!?
Do you love the traditional Creamy Cucumber Salad? How would you make it healthier? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
- Slice the cucumber, onion, and chop the kale. Add to a large bowl.
- In a small bowl add the dressing ingredients and adjust the sweetener/vinegar to taste preference (I like a tangier dressing over a sweet one). Whisk until smooth.
- Pour the dressing over the cucumber onion and kale and toss well to coat.
- Place in the fridge for 20 or more minutes to chill.
Have a fantastic rest of your Sunday!
Nutritionist in the Kitch