Cucumbers, part of the Cucurbitaceae family, are great for staying hydrated during summer months. They belong to the same plant family as squash, pumpkin, and watermelon and, as a result, are made up of mostly (95 percent) water. Additionally, they are loaded with B vitamins and anti oxidants and are are a natural anti-inflamatory.
Kirby cucumbers are my favorite because they are crunchy yet, are great conductors of flavors. They are perfect for bright summer meals or just sliced and dropped in a glass of water with ice for a refreshing drink.
On a Sunday afternoon or evening, a simple dinner of smoked fish, salad and roasted potatoes is light and flavorful. I love this Swedish-inspired cucumber salad because it compliments anything from plain potatoes to simple grilled items or on its own.
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
1 tsp. sugar (optional)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish (optional)
Coarse salt and ground pepper
4 to 6 Kirby cucumbers (about 1 pound), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
In a medium bowl, combine Greek yogurt, lemon juice, sugar, and dill. Season with salt and pepper, and whisk well to combine.
Add cucumbers, and toss to coat. Garnish with more dill, if desired. Serve with smoked salmon, grilled salmon, Gravlax or your favorite smoked fish. I personally love with with smoked Bluefish, which is plentiful and often a catch that your fishermen friends will want to give away. Just season and smoke it!