June 27, 2023

Cucumber and Herb Salad

An Easy Salad Idea You Can Make in a Minute

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If you ever open the fridge when everyone is hungry, sigh, and think, "There isn't anything to eat," I hope this helps you. It is often the simplest ingredients that can be the most delicious. For example, try slicing a cucumber and garnishing it with fresh dill, flavorful extra virgin olive oil, and a sprinkle of sea salt. Add a slice of warm, crusty bread to mop up the olive oil, and you have a delicious first course in minutes.

I made this when I ran out of lettuce for a salad one night. I saw the cucumber and fresh dill and thought, "Why not?" I like them both, and the alternative was to skip a fresh vegetable with dinner, so I tried it. To my surprise, the combination was so good that I now make this salad all the time.

I have seen kids who like cucumbers devour this salad, and parents discover that their kids like dill. This discovery opens the door to many new serving ideas to please the whole family. If you are thinking that you might like this too, but the chances of having fresh dill on hand are not likely, think about what else you have available. Perhaps fresh basil, red onion, or chives. All would be delicious, and even without dill, the cucumber, olive oil, sea salt, and fresh ground pepper, it would hit the spot.

But why not keep some fresh dill on hand? With fresh herbs, you can replace store-bought condiments and sauces and eat healthier, more flavorful food and likely save money. Here are some storing and serving tips for dill.

Storing and Using Fresh Dill

Often people tell me there are hesitant to buy fresh herbs like dill because they perish quickly. Here are some storage and serving tips to help you get the most out of your fresh dill. Buy fresh dill and store it wrapped in a damp paper towel, then wrapped in a kitchen towel and keep it in your fridge. It will stay fresh for a week or two. Then you can use the dill to garnish an omelette, add to salads, or put it on baked fish with butter or olive oil and lemon.

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Sea bass with Lemon, Dill, Capers, and Olive Oil. Fish en Papillote Recipe

You could mix dill with pasta or use it to garnish steamed vegetables. Try it on anything you like and see if you find something new you love. If you like two ingredients, you are bound to like them together.

If you buy fresh dill and fear it will go bad soon, make herbed butter. Chop the dill and mix it with room-temperature butter and freeze it. Then you can use herbed butter on fish, vegetables, steak, chicken, omelettes, on grilled cheese, or as a sandwich spread.

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Herbed butter stored in Souper Cube freezer trays.
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Grilled cheese with sage butter but dill would be divine too.
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Sandwiches- Ham and Pesto and Smoked Salmon and Dill Butter.

You can create an amazing family recipe with one simple ingredient and idea.

If you discover something new and exciting using dill, I would love to hear about it. You can share it with me here.

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