No ImageCucumber Salad with Tahini Dressing

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  1. Rachel

    This was so simple and delicious! If you’re thinking of adding more than the 2 tbsp of water to the dressing, keep in mind that some of the water from the cucumber is going to thin it out a little bit. Also, I added radishes for a little extra crunch.


  2. Rosie

    Made this last night for dinner and it was very good. Hubby (who can only take tahini in small doses) and 5yr old daughter also enjoyed it and it left all three of us clamoring for more. It was tasty and very refreshing-thank you.

  3. hrmm

    the phrase “empty calories” can never be associated with any vegetable; this salad, besides being very low in calories overall, is also extremely low carb and healthy in all ways;

    vegetables should be eaten for the phytonutrients they contain; not just for the vitamins and minerals but also for all the as yet un-quantified and very beneficial compounds present. For instance, I’ve tested a flavonoid, Apigenin, in the lab and I’ve seen it inhibit cancer growth with no toxic side effects with my own eyes. Apigenin is present in parsley and celery, both of which could easily be added to this salad; in addition it is likely that cucumbers themselves contain beneficial compounds as yet undiscovered/unstudied by science. It is in everyones best interest to load up on vegetables of all types daily.

    you can also gorge on this salad with probably zero net effect on a diet, which may be useful if you need to fill your stomach guilt-free.

    as an aside, I think a curry-seasoned version of this salad with added cold cooked chicken might be delicious as a complete paleo meal. I have a bunch of Tahini and this salad sounds like a great way to use it up, especially since cucumbers are cheap and plentiful.

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  4. Laurie

    I made this yesterday – I thought it was delicious, and a good way to add more fresh vegetables to our diet. Thanks, Elise!

  5. Marita

    One-half cup of cucumbers contains just 8 calories, so even if you consider them “empty,” that’s a lot of bulk for not many calories.

    Per the Self Nutrition Data web site, cucumbers are:

    “a good source of Vitamin A, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Potassium.”

    I don’t think any vegetable is devoid of nutritional value. You just need to make sure you eat a variety of them to get the best benefit.

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