Let’s talk about nutritients today. Cucumbers are packed with them. In just a single cup of cucumber slices, you’ll get 14% to 19% of the vitamin K you need for the day. You’ll also get vitamins B and C along with minerals like copper, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium.
Cucumbers are also great for hydration. Each one is about 95% water. That’s important because your cells need enough water to work right. All that water in cucumbers doesn’t just hydrate your cells. It also fills your belly, and that may help you eat less. A cup of sliced cucumbers has just 16 calories. That means it has very low “energy density.” People who eat more foods with low energy density often find it easier to lose weight.
Cucumbers have a unique set of antioxidants, including flavonoids, lignans, and triterpenes. They not only protect cells but also lessen inflammation that’s linked to arthritis and other long-term conditions. Their antioxidant activity helps slow or stop heart-related disease. And some research seems to show that the unique mix of nutrients in cucumber seeds could help improve your cholesterol numbers, which could have a direct impact on heart health.
Cucumbers are a refreshing, nutritious and incredibly versatile addition to any diet. Fun fact: did you know that cucumber is a fruit?
Dill weed is native to the Mediterranean and southern Russia but can be grown in most parts of the world. The feathery green is often added to salads or soups, or used as a garnish. Some people also use dill to gain certain health benefits.
In traditional herbal medicine, dill has been used to help manage and prevent digestive ills and bad breath, and also to lower cholesterol and blood sugar. Dill is packed with micronutrients that provide health benefits – vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, folate, calcium, manganese, and iron.
When buying dill, look for fresh, green feathery fronds that have been freshly cut. Dill has a fresh, grassy taste that some food experts describe as a combination of fennel, anise, and celery. Many people are familiar with the taste of dill pickles, which have a much more intense flavor that combines salt, vinegar, and dill. Dill, alone, has a more delicate taste.
Let’s make this cool salad now, shall we?
This is the best easy, creamy cucumber salad ever! When you’re looking for an easy summer salad that highlights fresh garden cucumbers, this is it. Healthy, creamy cucumber salad with sour cream and dill takes just 10 minutes, a handful of simple ingredients, and can also be made ahead of time. You’re going to love it!
- 4 cucumbers, skinned and sliced
- 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh dill
- 1 cup sour cream
1. In a large serving bowl, combine cucumbers, salt, dill and sour cream. Whisk well to combine. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour before serving (the longer this salad marinates in sour cream and dill the tastier it is). Serve and enjoy!
Something to remember:
– taste each cucumber before chopping it up. If you find a bitter one, don’t put it in your dish
– if you have time, store in the refrigerator for a few hours to let the flavors blend
– you can also add some vinegar or lemon juice if you like
– you can replace sour cream with Greek or plain yogurt
– you can also use dried dill
– make sure your cucumber slices are thin
– you can skin the cucumbers or leave the skin on
This salad is so delicious and easy to make. It smells and tastes like summer. Love it!