Monday, June 09, 2008

Refreshing

Tonight I wish I had some of that cucumber with yogurt and herbs that I served on Saturday night. It has been pretty hot for Northern California today...it reached 97 at work...and was still in the low 90s when I got home.

The combination of crisp cucumber chunks, tangy yogurt and herbs like fresh sage and spearmint leaves a cool, refreshing feeling in the mouth. Add in some lemon juice and zest and some Italian parsley and you have the perfect side dish for a hot evening...and it's very Mediterranean, too.

When I went to the lower field to harvest the spearmint for this, I discovered that most of the mint had been mown down when Sweetie mowed the field with the tractor last week. Since the stuff is usually all over the place...which is why you don't want to plant it with your prized flowers or vegetables...it takes over!...I was stunned. It took a bit of searching to find some small sprigs for this recipe, the salad, and for garnish. Next time I'll pick some before he gets out the tractor.

Cucumber with Yogurt and Herbs
Serves 2-3 persons as an appetizer

3-4 cucumbers
10-12 fresh spearmint leaves (dried doesn't work very well with this herb for this dish)
5-6 fresh sage leaves (or the equivalent in dry form)
2 tablespoons minced flat leaf parsley
1 quart of yogurt, plain...I used full fat organic, but I suspect that low or nonfat would work, too
zest and juice of 1/2 a lemon

Rinse and peel the cucumbers (I left some of the peel on for color) and cut into bite sized chunks. Mix the herbs into the yogurt. Pour the yogurt over the cucumbers. Add the lemon zest and juice and stir to mix well. Chill for at least an hour to mingle the flavors. Serve cold.

7 comments:

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Something like this might be just perfect with my dinner plans. Most refreshing salad!

breadchick said...

Elle, that is EXACTLY what I was looking for to go with my dinner of rye bread, cured meats, and cheese tonight.

Thanks!

Peabody said...

I had something similar to this just on Sunday at a pot luck. But the girl used Quark. I really liked it with that.

giz said...

I remember my mother making a very similar salad growing up and then I hated it. When she stopped making it, I started craving it - go figure. Now I see it here and I'm craving it all over again.

Elle said...

Tanna, hope you try it.

Breadchick, so glad it's what you needed...sounds like it would go really well with your menu.

Peabody, Quark would be good with this, although it's a bit firmer than yogurt, right?

Giz, Tastes change, thank heavens,as we grow up. PB & J is no longer a big part of my diet :)

DaviMack said...

Sounds delicious!

We were happy to see you the other day, and hope to see you again next time we visit California!

Elle said...

Davimack, Hope to see you both next time you are in the area, too. It was fun to visit, but way too short a time. Hope the rest of the visit is wonderful for you both.