Last week I demoed my vegetarian Russian Borscht recipe on a live zoom call. Dill is one of the main flavors in borscht, and with this I began to crave traditional Eastern European cucumber salads that I often found in restaurants in Poland and the Baltic States.
However these people made their cucumber salads, I dont know, but it is hard to replicate authentic and decade-old recipes. With a lot of dill in my refrigerator, I decided to concoct a traditional vinegar cucumber salad with dill.
Dill is a powerful herb (like all herbs) that is medicinal and contains certain compounds called monoterpenes, as well as flavonoids, minerals, and amino acids. The miraculous properties in dill contain enough properties to aide in:
-maintain bone health because of the calcium
-Relieve some arthritic pain
-may treat respiratory health because of Kaempferol and certain other components of flavonoids and monoterpenes in the essential oils
Perfect for summer or winter, this is one salad that can accompany holiday meals very well!
Cucumber Dill Salad
Total Time: 10 minutes
2 English cucumbers, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
In a bowl whisk together all of the ingredients EXCEPT the cucumbers. until well combined. Let the mixture sit while you cut the cucumbers.
Use a mandolin to slice the cucumbers, or with a knife, thinly slice the cucumbers. Mix the cucumbers into the dressing until well combined. Serve chilled!
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com