Friday, August 12, 2011

Cool Cucumber Salad

It has been hotter than hot the last several weeks. The temperature has steadily been in the upper 90's, but with the humidity on the gulf coast, the heat index has been upwards of 115 degrees. I'm not complaining though, I prefer the warmer temperatures.

It's the perfect time of year to give the oven a rest and focus on fresh, cool salads. Last Sunday afternoon I went for a 5 mile run and after I'd cooled down, I began looking for a quick, refreshing snack to replenish and rehydrate. Taking what we had on hand, this Cool Cucumber Salad is what came together. It was so satisfying with the crisp cucumber, sweet blueberries, creamy avocado and tart lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. I think walnuts would make a great optional addition as well.

Cool Cucumber Salad
(Serves 2-3)

1 Cucumber, diced
1 Granny Smith Apple, diced
1 Pear, diced
1 Avocado, diced
1/2 - 1 Cup Blueberries
1 Lemon, Juiced
2-4 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

Combine all ingredients. Eat immediately or let stand. If you let it stand the vinegar and lemon will begin to give the cucumber a slightly pickled taste, which is also really delicious.

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