COOL CUCUMBER & CELERY SALAD
with a yogurt, dill, garlic & mustard dressing
Inspired by my holidays in Greece (they eat a lot of cucumber/dill/yogurt combinations), this salad is a great option for summer as it’s cool and refreshing. It also works for large groups/BBQs as you can make it the night before and it will still be crunchy!
PREP TIME: 15 min
SERVES: 4-6 side salads
🥒 3 TBSP (45 ml) extra virgin olive oil
🥒 1 TBSP (15 ml) Greek yogurt
🥒 2 tsp (10 ml) apple cider vinegar
🥒 2 tsp (10 ml) grain mustard
🥒 1 large clove garlic, minced
🥒 ¼ tsp salt
🥒 ¼ tsp pepper
🥒 Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
🥒 1 cucumber, quartered and sliced
🥒 2 celery stalks, sliced
🥒 ¼ of a small red onion, diced (about ¼ cup when diced)
🥒 3 TBSP fresh chopped dill fronds (discard the stems)
Red wine vinegar, Olive oil, salt, pepper, Greek yogurt, garlic, grain mustard, (not pictured: crushed red chili flakes)
Celery, cucumber, fresh dill, red onion
1) Add all of the DRESSING ingredients to a bowl and use a whisk to thoroughly combine.
2) Add all the SALAD VEGGIES to the bowl and mix well.
(yes...it is that easy!)
Add all of the DRESSING ingredients to a bowl and use a whisk to thoroughly combine.
salad veggies and dressing
Pairs well with grilled chicken and salmon (pictured below) as well as grilled lamb (not pictured)
Recipe & Photo Credit: Cathy Menees
Be sure to use whole (full fat) yogurt. Non-fat yogurt just won't give you the same rich satisfaction nor flavour.
Don’t use dried dill, I tried 🤓 (nerd alert) it and it wasn’t NEARLY as good 🤨
I mixed the garlic, yogurt, salt, olive oil and dill together the day before (just to get that work out of the way) and then added the grated cucumber a few hours before the party started. I was worried the dip would go soggy and the cucumber would lose it’s freshness if I combined everything the day before, so that worked perfectly