If I could paraphrase a well-known proverb, I would say “one cucumber a day keeps the doctor away”. As cucumbers almost entirely consist of water, they help to eliminate toxins and keep your body hydrated. They are a great source of silica, which is known for promoting joint health by making connective tissues stronger. Cucumbers are also rich in a number of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A, C, K, B, potassium, calcium, magnesium and more. Therefore, next time, when you think of a snack, reach out for those cucumbers!
Back in France, in summer we used to go to a local farm to gather fresh fruits and vegetables. I particularly enjoyed picking mini cucumbers as they tasted phenomenally fresh. I can eat tons of those cucumbers, even though mixing them with fresh mint and pearl onions makes a great summer salad. In winter, when young cucumbers are not readily available, I like to alter this salad by adding acidic fruits, such as oranges or grapefruits. Citrus fruits add a festive note to the salad and I find myself making this orange cucumber salad every so often during colder months of the year.
- 4 small cucumbers
- 2 small oranges*
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon light honey
- Handful mint leaves
- Salt to taste
- Slice the cucumbers, segment the oranges and transfer them into a salad bowl.
- To prepare vinaigrette whisk together the olive oil, lemon and orange juice, ground ginger, honey, and salt.
- Add vinaigrette to the salad and mix everything together.
- Garnish with mint leaves and serve.