Weeknight Cooking

Crunchy Creamy Cucumber Avocado Salad

April 29, 2013

Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.

Today: A weeknight salad so flipping delicious, it's fit for a dinner party.

Crunchy Creamy Cucumber Avocado Salad

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I saw some Persian cucumbers in the market the other day and thought hey, something green, why not? Then I stumbled upon Crunchy Creamy Cucumber Avocado Salad which is so flipping delicious that you should consider if for a dinner party. 

Here are my weeknight tips: You can use any size cucumber for this mama, just make sure you have a lot of them. Jenny seeds nothing. You don’t have to either. I love the tip about salting them. News you can use people!

You don’t need to chop that avocado up terribly neatly; I basically smushed it into the bowl. Don’t worry if you don’t have mint. Next time. 

The dressing is delicious and you can just keep tasting it to see if it needs more citrus. Go ahead and be generous with the black pepper. Get good feta, which is available even in Washington where you still can't find a decent place to buy a bra. 

The lovely Bee wants you to use a ring mold to plate this. Ring molds are not my brand. But you should go for it.

Crunchy Creamy Cucumber Avocado Salad by Bee @ deuxdilettantes

Serves 4 as a side

2 large cucumbers
2 ripe avocados
1/2 cup chopped mint
Juice and zest of 1/2 lime
4 ounces feta cheese, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
Pepper to taste (or lemon pepper) 

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here. 

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Written by: Jestei

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Sydney July 18, 2013
Sounds so simple and delicious cant wait to try it out
I_Fortuna July 3, 2013
Oh, and BTW, if you don't have asparagus handy, just cut up and blend to a puree some zucchini from your backyard patch using this same recipe with a little cream or yogurt. Serve it cold and just top it with the feta or Queso Fresco before serving. It is delicious and we have always had a lot in the veggie patch in the past until the drought. But, you can freeze it and use later. It should be parboiled before freezing.
I_Fortuna July 3, 2013
Great recipe! I use a Japanese pickle press (very inexpensive online) to get my cucumbers really crisp. It presses out the water in conjunction with the salt which is washed away later. I agree with the onions comment. Love them.
However, I don't get the comments about tripe. Several countries all over the world have wonderful recipes for tripe.
Jordan, Nigeria, Mexico, Portugal, Jamaica, Germany, England, Italy, Turkey, Slovenia, Pakistan, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia, Japan, China, The Philippines and France where the name comes from. I am sure I left some out but millions can't be wrong!
JulieBee May 13, 2013
Hi Jenny, Loved this recipe but I couldn't help but think some chopped onion would have taken my tastebuds to an even better place. As always, love your picks...when are you going to make my Lemon Risotto recipe...it is delectable!
Kate B. May 5, 2013
Jenny, don't know what I love more - your writing or your recipes. So far, you have not led me astray. Gin Rickeys: a hit. Chocolate and Orange Semifreddo: on permanent dinner party rotation. This salad is next. BTW, I spent 12 years in WDC without a decent bra. I hear you.
Jestei May 6, 2013
thank you for your support, so to speak :)
tunie May 5, 2013
People seed cucumbers because they can contribute to gassiness in some...fyi : )
This salad looks amazing and I want it right now!
Jestei May 6, 2013
Interesting. Still, I cannot take the time. I feel sad about this but it is true.
Dan P. May 5, 2013
Now I do like and plan to eat often, The Cucumber Avocado Salad! Thank you!
Jestei May 6, 2013
i hope you like it
Dan P. May 5, 2013
God no never ...I read in the Bible, I'm sure! Never eat TRIPE!
I pray no one goes there. Amen
stjohns May 2, 2013
So simple and good! For a variation, maybe substitute mint with cilantro and add some diced jalepeno?
Jestei May 6, 2013
that might be sparky, yes
mbj913 May 2, 2013
the bra comment made me spit i laughed so hard.
Jestei May 6, 2013
Sipa May 1, 2013
Jestei--you haven't been looking hard enough there is a fabulous place to buy bras in DC.
Jestei May 6, 2013
you're not going to tell me????
Fogdweller April 30, 2013
I made it for a side dish last night and it was a delicious hit. I can already tell this will be in heavy rotation this spring/summer. FYI: I found that I needed 2 limes to provide enough juice for both drizzling over the avocados and the 2 tbsp for the dressing.
Jestei May 6, 2013
yes that seems right
Christina @. April 30, 2013
I like the combination of the crunchy cucumber with the creamy avocado! I do also love avocados and tomatoes together! Especially when both are home-grown...the flavor is the best, and doesn't need a lot of additional ingredients: http://christinascucina.blogspot.com/2012/04/avocado-and-tomato-salad.html
Jestei May 6, 2013
i cant wait for my cucumbers to come in.
carswell April 29, 2013
I made this as a side for my dinner tonight. I passed on the olive oil and feta and added a few halved cherry tomatoes instead. Lovely.
Jestei May 6, 2013
sounds like a nice variation.
AntoniaJames April 29, 2013
Can't wait for dinner for this one. I'm making it for lunch! (And I'm not seeding, either, or peeling, for that matter.) ;o)
Jestei May 6, 2013
i can see not peeling, sure
WCmom April 29, 2013
I am making this right now. Perfect for a hot day, thank you!
Jestei May 6, 2013
you are so lucky you are somewhere where they have hot days!
EmilyC April 29, 2013
This looks great, and I have everything on hand to make it. Monday night dinner just got a lot more interesting!
Jestei May 6, 2013
how did it work out?
EmilyC May 6, 2013
Oh so good -- I think it's my new favorite salad. I didn't peel the cucumbers, salt / drain them, nor let the flavors marry -- still great!