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I'm a Greek self-taught cook who lives in Chicago. I learned a lot about cooking from both of my grandmothers, my mom and dad, family and friends. Passing on timeless traditions through food is one thing I strive to do in life.

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Jul 19
SUMMER CUCUMBER SALAD
Cucumbers are the flavor of the week for Summer Fest (a celebration of seasonal summer ingredients on the Food Network Blog: FN Dish) and I couldn’t be more excited!
Being Greek and all, I believe I am genetically pre-programmed to have a soft spot for cucumbers.  I’m sure most will have expected a tzatziki recipe, but instead I went with one of my favorite things to make and bring into work for lunch during the summer.  It’s a take on a salad that Gina at skinnytaste.com has made in the past and it will NOT disappoint.  I love how the juices from the tomatoes mix with lime juice to create a guilt-free dressing.  When you’re in the mood for something cool as a cucumber (pun intended), refreshing, crunchy yet buttery and ultimately satisfying - this is the salad for you!   
INGREDIENTS:2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped1 lb. grape tomatoes, halved1 avocado, chopped½ red onion, minced1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained2 limes, juicedsalt and pepper
DIRECTIONS:Put the chopped cucumbers

tomatoes

onion and black beans

and avocado in a bowl.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then douse in the lime juice.  Stir to combine and taste to see if you need to adjust the seasoning. 

Serve immediately or chilled and enjoy!

Check out these links to other great cucumber recipes by other bloggers participating in the FN Dish’s Summer Fest this week:
FN Dish: Summer Fest: Cucumber Recipes
Pinch My Salt: Chilled Cucumber, Kefir and Avocado SoupWhat’s Gaby Cooking: Cucumber-Basil GimletIn Jennie’s Kitchen: Radish-Cucumber CrostiniBig Girl Small Kitchen: Spicy Cucumber Salad with Shallot, Ginger and MintAnd Love It Too: Cucumber, Mint and Watermelon SaladNapa Farmhouse 1885: Cucumbers Coolers with Agave Simple SyrupCooking With My Kid: Cucumber LimeadeCIA Dropout: Relishing CucumbersHealthy Eats: Cool Cucumber SoupFood for 7 Stages of Life: Cucumber Cherry SalsaCooking With Elise: Green Tea Cucumber PopsGlory Foods: Cucumber and Shrimp BoatVirtually Vegan Mama: Fire-Roasted Tomato and Cucumber GazpachoFood2: When Life Gives You Cucumbers, Make a Cucumber CocktailCooking Channel: Cucumbers Stuffed with Crab-Mango SaladRecipe Girl: Bread and Butter PicklesTaste With the Eyes: Spicy Pickled Cucumbers with Wakame and Garlic BlossomsVirtually Homemade: Cold Thai Cucumber-Mint SoupAdd a Pinch: Cucumber Tea SandwichesThe Cultural Dish: Ahi Tuna with Cucumber Sauce and SaladDaily*Dishin: Cool n’ Zesty Cukes: 7 Minute Summer in a JarDaydreamer Desserts: Cubanita MargaritaPurple Cook: Cucumber Gazpacho with Indian Flavored Shrimp RelishIndian Simmer: Cucumber at its Best with Chaat MasalaBig Apple Nosh: Quick and Easy Homemade PicklesSweet Life Bake: Agua de PepinoThe Sensitive Epicure: Tzatziki with Grilled Gluten-Free Pitas and Fresh Cucumbers and PeppersZaika Zabardast: Cucumber GazpachoA Way to Garden: Cucumber-Growing Q&A and the Best PicklesCooking with Books: Summer Fest: Cucumbers 

SUMMER CUCUMBER SALAD

Cucumbers are the flavor of the week for Summer Fest (a celebration of seasonal summer ingredients on the Food Network Blog: FN Dish) and I couldn’t be more excited!

Being Greek and all, I believe I am genetically pre-programmed to have a soft spot for cucumbers.  I’m sure most will have expected a tzatziki recipe, but instead I went with one of my favorite things to make and bring into work for lunch during the summer.  It’s a take on a salad that Gina at skinnytaste.com has made in the past and it will NOT disappoint.  I love how the juices from the tomatoes mix with lime juice to create a guilt-free dressing.  When you’re in the mood for something cool as a cucumber (pun intended), refreshing, crunchy yet buttery and ultimately satisfying - this is the salad for you!   

INGREDIENTS:
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 lb. grape tomatoes, halved
1 avocado, chopped
½ red onion, minced
1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 limes, juiced
salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Put the chopped cucumbers

tomatoes

onion and black beans

and avocado in a bowl.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then douse in the lime juice.  Stir to combine and taste to see if you need to adjust the seasoning. 

Serve immediately or chilled and enjoy!

Check out these links to other great cucumber recipes by other bloggers participating in the FN Dish’s Summer Fest this week:

FN Dish: Summer Fest: Cucumber Recipes

Pinch My Salt: Chilled Cucumber, Kefir and Avocado Soup
What’s Gaby Cooking: Cucumber-Basil Gimlet
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Radish-Cucumber Crostini
Big Girl Small Kitchen: Spicy Cucumber Salad with Shallot, Ginger and Mint
And Love It Too: Cucumber, Mint and Watermelon Salad
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Cucumbers Coolers with Agave Simple Syrup
Cooking With My Kid: Cucumber Limeade
CIA Dropout: Relishing Cucumbers
Healthy Eats: Cool Cucumber Soup
Food for 7 Stages of Life: Cucumber Cherry Salsa
Cooking With Elise: Green Tea Cucumber Pops
Glory Foods: Cucumber and Shrimp Boat
Virtually Vegan Mama: Fire-Roasted Tomato and Cucumber Gazpacho
Food2: When Life Gives You Cucumbers, Make a Cucumber Cocktail
Cooking Channel: Cucumbers Stuffed with Crab-Mango Salad
Recipe Girl: Bread and Butter Pickles
Taste With the Eyes: Spicy Pickled Cucumbers with Wakame and Garlic Blossoms
Virtually Homemade: Cold Thai Cucumber-Mint Soup
Add a Pinch: Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
The Cultural Dish: Ahi Tuna with Cucumber Sauce and Salad
Daily*Dishin: Cool n’ Zesty Cukes: 7 Minute Summer in a Jar
Daydreamer Desserts: Cubanita Margarita
Purple Cook: Cucumber Gazpacho with Indian Flavored Shrimp Relish
Indian Simmer: Cucumber at its Best with Chaat Masala
Big Apple Nosh: Quick and Easy Homemade Pickles
Sweet Life Bake: Agua de Pepino
The Sensitive Epicure: Tzatziki with Grilled Gluten-Free Pitas and Fresh Cucumbers and Peppers
Zaika Zabardast: Cucumber Gazpacho
A Way to Garden: Cucumber-Growing Q&A and the Best Pickles
Cooking with Books: Summer Fest: Cucumbers