Me and the hubs were grilling out one night, and I was trying to come up with a refreshing side item that did not involve mayonnaise or pasta. I wanted something refreshing, something light; and then I found this. It is a perfect filler, and for those like me who want a "guilt free" filler option to add to a meal, it is PERFECT. Especially during these hot southern summer days. Did I also mention that it is RIDICULOUSLY easy??
I wasn't sure if cucumbers had any real nutritional value, but some sites like this one say they are high in potassium and magnesium, two nutrients I know that some of us don't get enough in our diets. Cucumbers are also very low in sodium, have no cholesterol and are low fat. Plus, they're a good way to supplement hydration since they have a high water content.
As it stands, this recipe is enough for two people. So, if you have a larger family or plan on bringing this to a potluck cookout, you might want to double or triple the recipe. AND DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE CHILI POWDER. I promise you that it does NOT add heat, only compliments the flavor. I was afraid of the chili powder but decided to go on a culinary adventure and was glad I did.
Without further ado, I bring to you today's installment of Food for Thought: Cilantro Cucumber Salad.
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp chili powder
1/3 tsp salt
1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
Hope's Note: I've found that one lime yields about 2 Tbsp of juice. Helpful tidbit when you're trying to make your grocery list!
1. Peel cucumbers, slice lengthwise into quarters, and cut into 1 inch pieces; place in large bowl.
2. Sprinkle with lime juice, chili powder, and salt; toss.
3. Toss with cilantro.
4. Refrigerate until chilled.
Yields about 2.5-3 servings
Per serving (Hope's Note: 1c'ish?)
26 Calories, .3g fat, 0mg cholesterol