Creamy Cucumber "Side"

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Author Notes: This simple side dish gives a cool note to summer suppers and works well with salmon or lamb. I prefer the crisp crunch of an English cucumber to the waxy ones that require peeling. You may substitute sour cream for the yogurt. Any mild-flavored vinegar can be used in this warm weather recipe. Sweet onions tend to run large so a half will do. Dill and lemon came from my garden. - LizthechefLizthechef

Food52 Review: The success of this recipe lies in the details: salting the cucumber and onion slices to keep them from getting soggy and soften the sting of the onion, augmenting the sweet tang of the yogurt with a dash of vinegar and a bit of sugar, and adding Meyer lemon zest and fresh dill to achieve subtle layers of perfume. The resulting dish is cooling and crisp -- as Lizthechef says, it would go particularly well with either fish or lamb. - A&MA&M

Serves 4

  • 1 organic English cucumber (about one lb-sized)
  • 1/2 Vidalia onion, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup best quality Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • zest of one Meyer lemon
  1. Slice the cucumber and onion as thinly as possible. Place slices in a colander, sprinkle with the salt, stir and seat the colander over a bowl to catch the released liquid. Refrigerate for one hour.
  2. Discard the extra liquid and now rinse the salt from the cucumber and onion. Drain well and pat the slices dry using kitchen towels.
  3. Turn the cucumber and onion into a medium-sized bowl and add the sugar and vinegar, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Fold in the yogurt, dill and lemon zest. Chill for an hour, stir again (juices will have settled) and serve.
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over 1 year ago Galapagos

Even better with creme fraiche.

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over 1 year ago SunnyLyons

I just joined this site today and I cannot wait for my garden vegetables to ripen. I am looking forward to trying this recipe as it appears we're going to have a bumper crop of cucumbers. :)

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over 2 years ago ElleLearnsToCook

Made and served with salmon tonight. This wonderful and yummy cucumber side is cool, tasty, and refreshing.

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over 2 years ago EmilyC

Made this today to accompany porchetta sandwiches and loved it! Thanks for a great recipe!

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almost 3 years ago pow

Is really good with apples.

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over 3 years ago MsDs_Foodie

I made this today for my family and they loved it. The only change I made was to substitute Splenda for the sugar. Thanks for the great recipe!

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about 4 years ago Rivercook

I just found this site and have spent far too much time looking and printing wonderful recipes..this cucumber dish is really really good, just made it last night and will make it again tonight with a curry dinner as I think it will be a nice cool addition..love the greek yogurt!

thanks to all for sharing..!

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about 4 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks so much for your comment and welcome to the site!

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about 4 years ago lapadia

Hi Lizthechef, well it's September and as I wrote 3 months ago, as soon as our garden cucumbers were ready I was making your recipe, and did just that tonight! I tweaked using cilantro instead of dill (was what I had available), and agave for the sugar...what a Delicious winning recipe, but of course you already know that. Will be making it with dill very soon. Thanks!

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

Almost a year later, just found your comment from a time when my email was not picking up comments - we have had a good laugh about this, haven't we?

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about 3 years ago lapadia

:) Too funny, Liz!!! BTW - I have made this recipe with dill, too. Delicious. AND...our cucumbers are starting to produce this year. Yay!!

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about 4 years ago sonomagal

I make a similar cucumber recipe but I never salt the cukes first. I prefer them crisp. Sweet and sour with a little sour cream sugar and vinegar and dill snips.

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about 4 years ago euramirez

I've never worked with yogurt before and you suggest we drain it, how should I do this?? Thanks!!

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about 4 years ago Lizthechef

Put your yogurt in a small-sized, fine-holed sieve and place sieve over small bowl. Place in fridge while you drain the cukes and onions. Good luck!

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about 4 years ago mdm

I LOVE this, and have been adding radishes as well. Then yesterday I added blanched green beans, too -- yum! It was a big hit at our party -- thanks!

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about 4 years ago Lizthechef

I like your idea of adding blanched green beans! Happy you are enjoying this simple summer recipe-

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about 4 years ago thirschfeld

I can't believe I wasn't invited! Those are great additions to an already great salad.

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about 4 years ago Sunchowder

OK, I just made this on Sunday--absolutely delish Liz! Simple, gorgeous clean--I love it and will make it again and again.

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about 4 years ago Sunchowder

Liz--I made this last night as a side for dinner, YUM!!!!

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about 4 years ago Lizthechef

So glad you enjoyed it!

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over 4 years ago dymnyno

I have made this so many times lately that I'm beginning to think that I invented it myself!!!

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over 4 years ago Lizthechef

LOL - I made it over the weekend and had to look up the recipe! Did you see my note about draining the Greek yogurt? So much liquid released. Anyhow, glad you like it.

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over 4 years ago Lizthechef

RECIPE UPDATE: am making this for supper tonight with some fresh halibut and discovered draining the yogurt releases even more liquid...in addition to draining the cuke-onion mixture.

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over 4 years ago meredithhimelfarb

Liz, I made this last night and it was a big hit! Loved the flavor from the lemon zest - very nice touch!

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over 4 years ago Lizthechef

Glad you enjoyed it - try draining the yogurt next time - gets even more liquid out, resulting in creamier dish.

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over 4 years ago Oui, Chef

To be honest, I've never been a big fan of cucumber (unless its a pickle), but this dish sounds REALLY good, I'll have to give it a try. Congrats on the win! - S

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over 4 years ago Lizthechef

Thank you for your comment - but don't force yourself re cukes...Summer squash is right around the corner ;) Thanks, Liz

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over 4 years ago Lizthechef

No problem finding shiso in San Diego - we are fortunate to have super-sized Asian markets, at least half a dozen. I have a smaller Japanese supermarket that I know will have them.Brava, again - we are both winners!

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over 4 years ago lapadia

Congrats..your recipe is on my list of what to do with all the cucumbers, once they are read to harvest!!

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over 4 years ago Teri

Congrats Liz the Chef!!

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over 4 years ago Lizthechef

As soon as I can face another cucumber, I'm trying your terrific recipe! Thanks for being so gracious -

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over 4 years ago Teri

I hope you all find shiso soon!