Monday, July 28, 2014

Meatless Monday Cucumber Corn Salad

Making salads with cucumber is one of my favorites. It makes a great accompaniment to various rice dishes like pulao, biryani, puliyogre( tamarind rice), lemon rice etc. Cucumber is also very versatile. You could chop it, dice it, grate it, peel it .. The options are many. It easily compliments most other veggies use in a salad. My intent when I took the lone cucumber out from the refrigerator was to make a regular cucumber onion salad. Then I came across half a pack of corn in the freezer which I wanted to get rid of. I decided to use it in the salad. The end result was delicious, crisp salad. My son did not have the patience to wait for me to take a picture! :)

Servings: 3


Cucumber: 1 medium, washed and diced.
Whole Corn kernels : 1 cup (fresh, canned, frozen)
Onion: 1 small, chopped.
Spring onion/ green onion: 2, chopped
Lemon juice: 1 tbsp
Lemon zest: 1 tsp
Extra virgin olive oil: 3 tbsp
Cilantro: 1 tbsp, chopped
Salt: 1/4- 1/2 tsp
Pepper: 1/2 tsp


In a salad bowl, add all the above ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Serve chilled with rice dishes or flatbread .


Cooking made easy:

If you are using canned corn in the above dish, make sure you rinse the corn, drain it and then use it.

If you are using frozen corn, make sure you thaw it, steam it for 1 minute in the microwave, drain it and let it cool to room temperature before adding it to the salad.

Other vegetables like diced carrots, small cauliflower florets can be used in the above dish.

Tip for healthy living:

According to Ayurveda,cucumber has a cooling effect on the body when eaten.

Cucumber also helps get rid of dark circles around the eyes.Place one circular cucumber slice on each eye and rest for 1 hour. You will wake up feeling refreshed. Do this for a few days and you will see the dark circles reduce significantly.


Food for thought:

We may be personally defeated, but our principles never! William Lloyd Garrison