Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Yogurt Herb Dressing

This cucumber ribbon salad is easy to make and is full of great flavor but without any fat thanks to a creamy yogurt herb dressing. 

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I just love cucumbers. They are so refreshing, so light, and yet so full of flavor. This salad is a great side dish if you’re having a barbecue or anything grill related. I know, it’s soooo not grilling season, at least not here in Michigan.

I got carry-out the other day for breakfast (our kitchen faucet isn’t working at the moment so I’ve been avoiding cooking a bit). I went to a local place we go to all the time. Ben and I have been going there since before we had the kids – in fact, we went nearly every Saturday before we had the kids. Now it’s much more uncommon, but the staff there still knows us and loves the kids. I love places like that. I ran in to get the carry-out (because it’s sooo much easier sometimes than sitting in a restaurant with the kids!) in just workout pants and a sweatshirt. The woman working the cash register scolded me for not wearing a coat!

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Coat or not, we’re not doing any grilling. We’d have to get all the snow off of the grill first. But this salad is a perfect compliment to any bbq. Whether you’re grilling steak, cooking up some burgers on your grill pan in the the nice warm house, or doing some pulled pork in your slow cooker, this salad will fit right in. It gives that needed freshness and lightness to an otherwise heavy meal.

But I had this salad for lunch on it’s own and it was perfect for that too. It’s super refreshing thanks to the cucumbers and tons of fresh herbs. I used chives, parsley and dill, but you could use a combination of whatever you have. I love the dill with the cucumbers though – I’d highly recommend it. Other than the herbs, the dressing is very simple and easy – yogurt and salt and pepper are the only other ingredients you’ll need.

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Getting back to the cucumbers, I used my spiralizer to cut them into pretty ribbons. If you haven’t jumped on the spiralizer bandwagon yet, it’s okay (although I’d argue you should — I love mine!). You can just cut these into thin slices or half moons. The thinner the better.

Hope you love this easy, light, and refreshing salad.

Cucumber Salad with Fat-Free Yogurt Herb Dressing - Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com

 

Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Yogurt Herb Dressing

This cucumber ribbon salad is easy to make and is full of great flavor but without any fat thanks to a creamy yogurt herb dressing.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 english cucumber
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Using a spiralizer, cut the cucumber into ribbons with the ribbon blade. If you don’t have a spiralizer, just thinly slice the cucumber in half moons.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together Greek yogurt, chives, parsley, dill, salt and pepper. Taste dressing and season with more salt and pepper as needed.
  3. Mix dressing into cucumbers and stir well to combine. Best served immediately. Store in fridge.

Note: I prefer English cucumbers to regular cucumbers. The skin is less tough and the cucumbers contain less seeds. If you can’t find them, regular cucumbers can be substituted but you may want to peel the cucumbers.

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Verdict: Loved this! It was a perfect lunch for me and exactly what I was craving.
Husband’s take: He’s not an onion lover, so the flavor of the chives in this cucumber ribbon salad was a little too strong for him.
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Easy.

 

Looking for more salad recipes? Try this Greek Chopped Salad recipe, orzo salad with yogurt dill dressing, Herbed Israeli CousCous Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella, Reduced Fat Creamy Coleslaw, Broccoli Salad from RecipeGirl, or Lemony Roasted Potato Salad from Bev Cooks.

And of course, I have a board (more than one, actually) devoted to salads on Pinterest so make sure to head there for more ideas!

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19 comments

  1. I JUST got a spiralizer, and have been spiralizing ALL the things….except cucumbers! I adore those refreshing and crunchy vegetables so I am ALL OVER this delicious lookin’ salad! Pinned!

  2. I love my spiralizer! I make something like this frequently, but had not thought to spiralize the cukes instead of shredding them. Great idea!

  3. I love cucumbers and all the wondeful flavors you added to them sound fantastic. I’ll be making this one soon!

  4. This cucumber salad looks just like the one my mom has made for years – and I never grow tired of it! So refreshing with a nice crunch!

  5. Cucumber salads are one of my favorites! They always taste so fresh! The dressing sounds fantastic!

  6. Yay! Another great recipe for my spiralizer. Love that yogurt dressing!

  7. Rachel,
    Since the growing season has frosted over, I’m transitioning from eating nearly only from what’s in the farm share box to actually going to the store to buy veggies. I picked up some cucumbers at Costco the other day for a layered dip–and there’s one left. I’m so glad to find your recipe!
    This salad looks very light and fresh–thanks for sharing!

  8. We live in Minnesota and my kids rarely wear coats unless they are going to be outside for a period of time. This salad looks so crisp and refreshing!

  9. My nana makes something very similar! I think she uses sour cream and mayo, and tons of dill. I love this lighter take on it, I will have to try!

  10. simple and delish!

  11. This is something I could eat every day!

  12. Cucumber salad is an old favorite of mine. Love your version of it.

  13. This is so healthy! The cucumber base makes it already healthier, but the greek yogurt is so smart :)

  14. I want this!! I haven’t used my spiralizer to make ribbons yet. Good thinking! This is such a beautiful salad/side dish. Love it Rachel.

  15. Love my spiralizer! And we love anything with yogurt. This recipe looks delicious!

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  18. What a beautiful salad! I just started using my ribbon blade on my spiralizer and it’s my new favorite. I haven’t tried spiralizing cucumbers yet!

  19. Great will make this soon. Love cucumbers.

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