Thursday, July 8, 2010

Every so often I link up to Ultimate Recipe Swap

at Life as Mom and today is one of those days!

Today's recipe swap is for cool recipes - those you can fix on the hottest days of summer and not heat the house anymore than it already is.  I found this recipe just a couple weeks ago in the June/July 2010 issue of Taste of Home's Simple & Delicious magazine.  As soon as I read this recipe, I knew I had to add it to our list of recipes we use.

Sweet Cucumber Salad
3 cups thinly sliced, quartered cucumber
2 tsp minced fresh cilantro

1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tbsp lime juice (we squeeze a fresh lime for ours)
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp salt

In a salad bowl, combine cucumber and cilantro.  In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients.  Drizzle over salad and toss to coat.  Serve with a slotted spoon.

And that's it!  So easy.  So fresh and cool.  And just the right tang between the lime juice and cilantro.  Yum!  We also found that preparing it the day before and letting it sit overnight is better than making it and serving it, but that could just be us.  Try it both ways and see what you prefer for you.  Enjoy!

Nutrition facts:  3/4 cup equals 64 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 297 mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.  Diabetic Exchange:  1 starch.

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