Cucumber Salad with Cream Cheese
After pickling a batch of cucumbers, making cucumber sandwiches, and loading up salad with cucumbers, I sometimes still find myself buried under a massive pile of cucumbers. Each week these refreshing green veggies make up a good portion of our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box of local produce. So the way I saw it, I had two options: I could suffocate under here and end up wasting perfectly delicious cukes. Or I could come up with something new and eat my way out. I flipped through Granny’s recipe box to see if she had any ideas, and wouldn’t you know it? Cucumber Salad stared right in the face.
The mere mention of cucumber salad might not have you making a mad dash for the kitchen. But I’m hoping my secret ingredient might put a little extra pep in your step when you think about making your future cucumber salads.
Spicing up this cucumber salad is none other than Philadelphia’s best. And no, I don’t mean Granny. Although I daresay if there had been a contest for best resident of the city of Philadelphia, she would have taken that title with ease. But back to cucumbers – a little bit of cream cheese brings a tangy zip to the salad that the cucumbers so desperately need. You can certainly omit the cream cheese if you want a diary-free version…it’s delicious without the cream cheese as well. But the cream cheese, in this blogger’s humble opinion, elevates it from a summer side dish, to quite the stand out.
If you are looking for a new way to use cucumbers, you’ve found it here! You can crawl out from under that pile of cukes and get to work. You’ll have a refreshing bowl of Cucumber Salad in 10 minutes or less!
- 1 large cucumber
- 2 T red onion, finely chopped
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 T red wine vinegar
- 2 T cream cheese, softened
- 1/8 t dill
- pinch salt and pepper
De-seed the cucumber and chop into half inch cubes.
Into a bowl, mix cucumber, red onion, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and dill. Mix well then stir in the cream cheese 1 T at a time until desired creaminess is reached.
Enjoy as is or on an open faced sandwich.
For a dairy-free version of this salad, omit the cream cheese. The salad is also delicious without the cream cheese.