Cool, refreshing cucumbers are delicious ingredients for salad and dip recipes. Cucumber Salad and Tzatziki-Greek Cucumber Dip are two of my favorites. Either of these dishes are great sides for grilled or spicy foods and the dip is good with raw veggies or as a sauce for sandwiches. With sliced red onions and cucumbers, the salad is a quick and easy complement to char-grilled flavors. The Tzatziki recipe takes a little longer because it needs to be refrigerated overnight, but is definitely worth the wait. Both recipes call for dill, English cucumbers, and Greek yogurt or sour cream. Enjoy!

Tzatziki-Greek Cucumber Dip

1.5 cups Greek yogurt or full fat sour cream

1/2 English cucumber, grated and liquid strained

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup fresh dill, finely chopped

Optional ingredients:

1 tsp lemon zest

1-2 cloves garlic, grated

Refrigerate overnight. Garnish with fresh dill, lemon, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Serve as a dip or sauce at your next cookout. Serve with kabobs, fried foods, raw veggies, sandwiches, or burgers. It's tangy and sharp, creamy and cool — a perfect complement to spicy dishes especially.

Cucumber Salad

1 English cucumber, sliced or cubed

1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt (plain, unsweetened)

1 tsp dill, fresh or dried

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

Combine all ingredients, refrigerate for 30 minutes. Garnish with fresh dill and a spritz of lemon (optional).

Lauren Wacaser is the founder of “Let’s Eat Well,” featuring recipes, preparation, and discussion as she and her family create wholesome and innovative meals. She has a cookbook in the works and enjoys growing her own food, and teaching cooking and gardening classes. Her goals include inspiring others to cook at home, connect with their families and friends, and grow their own produce. See more on her “Let’s Eat Well” site.

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