Simple Keto Cucumber Salad that's packed with flavor and super easy to pull together.
The salad is a refreshing, pick me up, but I also use it when I need to quickly take the edge off and prevent hangry man from showing up. However, because it presents so well and packs a lot of flavor it works well as a side salad for guests or just as a weeknight monotony breaker.
This low carb recipe utilizes just a few ingredients and you're most likely to have on them all on hand. If not, there are easy substitutes to make it work.
Cucumbers are comfort food for me and also one of the best vegetables for those following a keto diet. We grew a lot of them back in the day and a plate of salty and peppery sliced cucumbers was my late grandfather's staple. He was all about cucumbers, and it's just another one of those things he passed down to me.
CUCUMBER SALAD INGREDIENTS
There are three parts to the recipe: vinaigrette, salad, pickled tomatillos.
- Olive oil
- Rice vinegar
- Lime juice
- Garlic cloves
- Kosher Salt
- Baby Spinach
- Pickled tomatillos (optional)
- Hot Water
- Rice Vinegar
- Kosher Salt
SALAD MAKING CONSIDERATIONS
The dressing really makes this dish pop. The fresh garlic is tamed some by the acidic vinegar and the lime juice helps provide that light refreshing element, especially when paired with the cucumbers. The herbs round it out as well as add brightness.
As a bonus, you can add pickled tomatillos, which takes this cucumber salad from great to extraordinary. I keep different pickled vegetables on hand as part of my larger so I typically have some readily available. This is an optional ingredient, so no need for the additional step, but if you have the time they are a delicious addition and very simple to make.
Key Tips for Cucumber Salad
- Use a slicer such as this mandoline to fastly cut-up the cucumber as well as get uniform slices
- Slice cucumbers at different angles and shapes including ribbons or rounds
- For a milder garlic flavor let the garlic sit in the rice vinegar for a few minutes vs. serving immediately.
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- ¼- cup olive oil
- 2 Tbs. rice vinegar
- ½ lime juiced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ¼- cup cilantro chopped
- ¼- cup flat leaf parsley chopped
- kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 large cucumber sliced
- 1 cup baby spinach leaves
- ¼ cup pickled tomatillos (optional) quartered
Pickled Tomatillo Quarters
- 4 medium tomatillos quartered
- 1 cup hot water from kitchen faucet
- ½ cup rice wine vinegar
- 6 tablespoon sugar
- 2 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix well
- Thinly slice the cucumbers using a mandolin or sharp knife
- Add spinach and top with dressing.
- Combine water, vinegar, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl and stir until sugar dissolves.
- Pack the tomatillos in a mason jar, pour the brine over them then cover and refrigerate. They should be ready in a hour or so, but the longer they rest the better they taste.