Cucumber Salad with Dill Dressing
- 1/3 c. buttermilk
- 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh dill
- 1 tsp. tarragon white wine vinegar, or white wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. ground fresh pepper
- 2 cucumbers, seeded and thinly sliced
- Pinch of sugar
In a small bowl combine buttermilk, fresh minced dill, vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper and sugar. Whisk until well combined.
Peel the cucumber (optional) and cut in half. Use a spoon to remove most of the seeds. Then cut again in quarter strips and turn to thinly sliced the quarters. Pour dressing over cucumbers and allow chilling for several hours before serving.
Other vegetables can be added to this dish, such as purple onions, tomatoes, or zucchini.
Dill seeds are a carminative and good for digestion, hiccups, and have been known to work on colicky babies. Dill is high in chlorophyll, has potassium and calcium. Dill is rich in mineral salts and helps to flavor foods for those avoiding salt in their diet.
Dill is great as a culinary herb used for fish dishes, bread, cakes, casseroles, soups, and of course pickles. Try it in cornbread, herbal vinegar, and in with your potato salads.
Dill is an annual that likes fun sun, in a rich well drain soil. Sow seeds directly from spring to mid-summer or plant indoor early and transplant when the soil has warmed. Dill likes to be protected from the wind, and avoid planning anywhere near fennel or parsley. Seeds are good for 3-10 years and can be stored in the refrigerator. Just remember to label and date.
Have you ever heard the saying, “cool as a cumber”, well it is not just a fun saying, it is actually used to help cool burns, cool the eyes, and for treating wrinkles. Of course they are referring to the cucumber applied directly to the skin.
Cucumber only has 14 calories per cup, is a good source of water, contains vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and lycine. Cucumbers are more valued for what NOT in them such as no fat, no sodium, no cholesterol, and very few calories. Cucumbers have been studied for its enzyme that alters cholesterol and allows the cholesterol to pass through the body.