Monday, June 29, 2009

Green Beans and Cucumber Salad

I love cucumbers in summer time, not only they are fresh and cooling but they are 95% water which makes them very light and low in calories.

Here is a simple salad perfect for a picnic on the beach.

Serves 4 (as a side dish)

For the Salad:
1 pound of green beans, blanched in boiling salted water for 3 minutes, then immediately transferred to an ice bath for cooling and to stop cooking (so you don't want to loose all the nutrients).
1/2 English cucumber, sliced paper thin with your mandolin

Place cooled green beans and cucumber in a large mixing bowl.

For the dressing:
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
Juice of 1 lemon or to taste
1 hand full of fresh mint, chopped
1/2 tsp of red crushed pepper
Celtic salt or any other sea salt

Mix all ingredients, adjust seasoning. Add to mixing bowl with green beans and cucumber. This salad is great with grilled chicken kebabs.

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