Cucumber Mint Salad

Cucumber Mint Salad | Vibrant Life Army Wife

 

This past weekend my mom came to visit and we had so much fun! We spent Saturday down in Austin and went to the Farmer’s Market, did a trip to the Whole Foods Flagship, did a little shopping at Anthropologie and had lunch at my favorite place, Picnik Austin!

Cucumber Mint Salad | Vibrant Life Army Wife

I had never really liked fish before but I also didn’t like beef or pork before I went vegetarian and then un-vegetarian and now those are my favorite, so I knew I needed to give fish another try. I figured what better time to try it than when my mom was in town and could help me make it! So we picked up some wild caught Copper River salmon from Whole Foods, topped it with some lemon juice, salt, pepper and some peach jam from the Farmer’s Market, and grilled it.

Cucumber Mint Salad | Vibrant Life Army Wife

To go alongside the salmon I made this delicious cucumber mint salad with cucumber and mint from my CSA basket. This salad is delicious, refreshing and so easy to prepare. It is the perfect accompaniment to any summer grilling you may be doing and it would be perfect to bring to a BBQ or potluck. And of course, it was delicious paired with the grilled salmon my mom made!

Cucumber Mint Salad | Vibrant Life Army Wife

 

Cucumber Mint Salad
 
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grain free, gluten free, vegetarian, AIP, 21DSD, Whole 30
Recipe type: Side dish
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 large or 2 small cucumbers
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup mint, chopped
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1½ Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • ⅛ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Cut cucumber in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds
  2. Slice cucumber into bite size pieces
  3. Sprinkle with salt and place in colander to drain for 20-30 minutes
  4. Pat cucumber dry and place in bowl
  5. Add red onion, mint, olive oil, apple cider vinegar to cucumber and stir until combined
  6. Add salt and pepper and adjust seasoning to taste
  7. Serve right away or store in refrigerator and serve chilled

 

I am now officially a salmon lover which is kind of good but also kind of bad. It’s good because cold water fatty fish like salmon (and sardines, anchovies, mackerel and herring) are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, but also bad because good quality wild caught salmon costs around $20/lb. I suppose I’ll have to save the salmon for special occasions. This cucumber mint salad on the other hand, is sure to be a summer staple in my house!

In vibrant health,

Kiersten

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