Why I love this super simple cucumber and mint salad
Cucumber and mint salad is a light and refreshing way to try something new as a side dish or even to break the boredom of side salads with your meals.
- Cucumber and mint salad is especially yummy as the spring and summer seasons kickoff and the cucumbers and tomatoes come into their season. I love to cook with seasonal foods, and using ingredients like cucumbers, mint and tomatoes during their prime season means more delicious flavor and cheaper prices.
- But I do eat this salad year-round. You can get all the ingredients throughout the year, and it compliments most foods as a side dish. It is also a fun and healthy nod to our hotter months when you are tired of the winter weather and dreaming of sunny days outdoors.
- One last reason I love this recipe is that is so simple and quick to make. As a mom, I want to be healthy and I want to be able to keep things as simple as possible. This homemade cucumber and mint salad I can whip together in less than ten minutes and serve a delicious and healthy side dish for my family and friends.
Why this cucumber mint salad is a part of my mindful eating plan.
- This salad has no additives or sugar loaded dressings. It is simply veggies, olive oil, and a bit of mint! Additional sugars can lead to unwanted side effects like hormone imbalances. If you want to learn more about how your food creates imbalances in your hormones, here is a great read on that! I also have free three-day hormonal diet plan you can use to kick off your healthy eating. Get it here!
- Mint also has wonderful benefits for the body, it can help reduce abdominal pain as well as treat irritable bowel syndrome without producing side effects, and it tastes delicious. Mint adds a fresh and interesting flavor to foods. Try a pinch when cooking chicken or other dishes to change up the taste a bit. Mint is also great to grow in your own herb garden. Just don’t let it get direct sun or dry out!
- Cucumbers and avocados are also super high in nutrients such as vitamin K, folate and potassium. I love eating veggies that I know have a high nutritional value, because they are doing more than just fueling my body, they are also adding value and nutrients.
- Olive oil has strong anti-inflammatory properties due to its antioxidants. My signature Mindful Elimination Program is all about anti-inflammation, so of course olive oil is added to that list. Olive oil is also rich in healthy monounsaturated fats which is a good kind of fat for the body, and is a natural oil extracted from olives.
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Tips for making this simple cucumber and mint salad
- You don’t want to overthink this one, I don’t add any extra seasonings to this salad, I just let the natural flavors of the veggies and mint do their thing, and it is so much better for it.
- Don’t over mix the avocado. It can become mushy!
- Try to select organic veggies, so you don’t get a whole bunch of pesticides and additives in your food, this meal Is all about simple, clean eating. I like to know what exactly is going in my food, I hate surprises, so organic is the way I like to go.
- I like to slice all my veggies super thin. This is a personal preference, but if any of these ingredients maybe aren’t your favorites like onion or tomato, then slicing it thin is a great way to have them marinate and mix with the other veggies more and they will stand out less.
- It is all about taste. If you prefer a little more lemon or salt, or a little less oil go for it! This cucumber and mint salad is so easy to tweak to your exact liking so you can enjoy your food more.
Simple Cucumber and Mint Salad
¼ white onion
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 springs of fresh mint chopped or a pinch of dried mint
Slice the cucumber, tomato, avocado, and onion and place in a bowl.
Juice ½ a lemon over the veggies.
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Add the mint.
Chill for 30 minutes.
Depending on the size of the tomato and cucumber add more lemon and mint to taste. Add a pinch of salt.
Store in a sealed container for enjoyment the next day. I can guarantee that you will be making this salad again!