Cucumbers

Low-Fat Couscous Salad {Vegan}

couscous, cucumbers, tomatoes, salad, vegan

This is my new favorite, quick and easy snack or side dish.  This couscous salad is packed with bright flavors from the lemon, basil and fresh vegetables.  It’s also light and refreshing, perfect for these warm days ahead of us.  Plus it keeps for awhile, so you can prepare it ahead of time for parties.

I didn’t have any chickpeas or garbanzo beans on hand, but I bet a can of these would make this couscous salad more filling and packed with protein.

Low-Fat Couscous Salad {Vegan}

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Yields: 6 servings

Calories per serving: 162

Fat per serving: 3.2g

Low-Fat Couscous Salad {Vegan}

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked couscous (any couscous works, but whole wheat couscous is better)
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes (we like halved grape tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • Juice of two lemons (about 2 Tablespoons of juice)
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Combine couscous, cucumber, tomatoes, onion and basil. Whisk the lemon juice and oil together than add to the couscous salad. Stir everything together, cover it and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/low-fat-couscous-salad-vegan/

Recipe adapted from About.

Lighter Creamy Cucumber Salad

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.  Are you making anything for your sweetie?

Our Valentine’s Day tradition between my Mister and some of my friends is to attend some sort of violent sport each year.  For some reason I always feel compelled to celebrate this Hallmark day even though I don’t consider myself a mushy romantic.  A few years ago we attended a hockey game, found it wasn’t violent enough and attended a LaCrosse game the years following.  Now V Day is something I look forward to every year for that very reason.  Go sports!

Now, you’re probably wondering what violence has to do with this cucumber salad recipe?  Good question.  I’ll have to get back to you on that.

This cucumber salad is a great accompaniment to any heavy entree.  It is light and refreshing with pops of crunch from the red onion.  I made it even lighter (healthier) by using greek-yogurt and fat-free sour cream.  The important thing to remember about making cucumber salad is that cucumbers have a lot of water in them.  You want to remove as much water as possible before combining all of your ingredients or else your cucumber salad will turn out very watery (and nobody likes a watery salad).

Happy day before V Day!

Lighter Creamy Cucumber Salad

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Yields: 4

Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Calories per serving: 30 calories

Fat per serving: 0

Ingredients

  • 4 large cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small red onion, diced or thinly sliced, your choice
  • 1 cup (8-ounces) low-fat plain greek-style yogurt
  • 1/2 cup (4-ounces) fat-free sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh dill (or 1 Tablespoons dried dill), finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Mix the cucumbers, onions, and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Pour them into a colander and suspend it over a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight. Discard the liquid that collects in the bowl.
  2. When the cucumbers are ready, roll them up in a paper towel and press the towel lightly to remove most of the liquid. Place the cucumbers, yogurt, sour cream, vinegar, dill, remaining salt and pepper into a bowl. Toss well and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld. Taste and add additional seasonings if necessary. Serve chilled.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/cucumber-salad/

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