A Quick Summer Side Dish: Lisa’s Cucumber Salad With An Indian Twist


It’s high summer, and dammit, I’m just too busy! It’s a wonder I’m able to find the time to marinate a slab of meat to slap on the grill for dinner, let alone think up side dishes. But here’s a quickie that’s become a favorite in our house, showcases the wonders of the Jersey cuke, and it takes almost no time at all. The key flavor is the bit  of “Chutney Podina Masala” that I threw in one day in a pinch ( you can find it online or at an Indian grocery; the brand I use is “MDH”)- and boy was it good. However, you can get the same effect by substituting some fresh mint and a bit of garam masala (or even a simple, ordinary “curry powder”). In addition to using it as a side dish, I often make this an essential component of a whole “farmer’s market dinner” after a long day at the beach:  fresh corn on the cob steamed right in their silks in the microwave (just peel and eat!), sliced Jersey tomatoes and fresh mozzarella (with a drizzle of olive oil and a touch of fresh basil and garlic), a good loaf of bread, and this salad.  Chop, slice, pause to take a deep breath and center yourself  in your busy day, and enjoy!


Lisa’s Cucumber Salad

2 Large Jersey Slicing Cucumbers, peeled and sliced

1 small sweet Jersey (or Vidalia) onion, halved, then sliced

1/3 cup plain low fat or Greek yogurt

1 1/2 tablespoons of Chutney Podina Masala OR

1 tablespoon of fresh mint, chopped and 1 tablespoon (or to taste)  of curry or garam masala powder

1 teaspoon salt

Mix the yogurt, salt, and Chutney Podina Masala (or mint and curry powder) together in a large bowl. Add the onions and cucumbers and toss to combine.

Serve immediately, or chill for a short time (the salad will get too watery after a few hours).



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