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Fun and Fresh Smashed Cucumber Salad

If you’re ready to take your cucumbers to the next level, we’ve got ya covered. You’re going to love this easy-to-make and super-fresh smashed cucumber salad. Actually, you’re gonna love it so much that you’ll be making it often.

Did you know that not only are cucumbers keto-friendly, but they also have some really good health benefits to them as well!

According to PharmEasy, here are a few awesome health benefits of cucumbers and a few good reasons why you should include them in your diet often!

  • they hydrate you
  • regulate blood pressure
  • help with weight loss
  • good for digestion
  • and so much more!

Click on the link above to read the full article on all the benefits.

And we’ve even tossed some pistachios in this wonderful smashed cucumber salad too.

Are pistachios ok on a keto diet? They sure are! And tasty, too. Pistachios are one of the best choices of nuts on a keto diet, and they are an excellent source of fiber, protein, and healthy fats. You can’t go wrong.

Why I Love This Smashed Cucumber Salad

Oh, cucumber salad, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. For starters, I love the freshness of cucumbers. Who doesn’t? I also love the fun addition of pistachios, that just happen to be one of my favourite nuts ever.

And how can you not love that this is so easy to make with such few ingredients? You can whip this up and enjoy it any time of the day, any month of the year.

How to Make Smashed Cucumber Salad

Here are the ingredients required to make this delightful smashed cucumber salad.

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. English cucumbers
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 4 oz feta cheese
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup chopped roasted pistachios
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp mint leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic grated

How to Make Smashed Cucumber Salad

This smashed cucumber salad recipe is so easy to whip up! Just a few simple steps, and you’ll be sitting at your table enjoying this wonderful salad.

Instructions

  • Slice the cucumbers crosswise into 3-inch long pieces. Cut each piece in half lengthwise and place on a cutting board cut side-down.
  • Lay the blade of a large knife flat on top of the cucumber piece and smash it down lightly with the help of your hand. slice diagonally into bite-size pieces
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  • In a bowl, combine the feta, salt, pepper, 3 tbsp olive oil and lemon juice.
  • Add the feta dressing to the smashed cucumbers, along with pistachios, fresh chopped dill, mint leaves, and garlic.
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  • Toss to combine and drizzle with olive oil, if desired. Serve immediately.
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What to Serve With This Cucumber Salad

This wonderful smashed cucumber salad can be served on its own as a light lunch, or you can pair it with a few main dishes below.

How to Store Smashed Cucumber Salad

To be honest, I wouldn’t store this for longer than a day because of the pistachios in it. They will get soggy and gross, in my opinion. Just eat it all up in one day or share it with a friend, and you can both finish it in one sitting.

Variations to Try

Not a pistachio fan? I get it. These tiny little nuts aren’t for everyone. You can most certainly substitute sunflower seeds, pecans, or any other nut you prefer. Try to keep your nuts keto-friendly, though, and remember the carb count will differ slightly if you swap out the pistachios.

While this recipe does call for English cucumbers, I get that in some places they are a little more expensive than regular cucumbers so feel free to use regular if that’s what you prefer or have the budget for.

This salad is made with feta cheese, also a pricier cheese, so feel free to switch up the cheese too if you want. Any cheese will do!!

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Fresh and Delicious Smashed Cucumber Salad

A delightful new way to whip up a cucumber salad that everyone will love.
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Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 266kcal
Author: Iva Ursano

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. English cucumbers
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 4 oz feta cheese
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup chopped roasted pistachios
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp mint leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic grated

Instructions

  • Slice the cucumbers crosswise into 3-inch long pieces. Cut each piece in half lengthwise and place on a cutting board cut side-down.
  • Lay the blade of a large knife flat on top of the cucumber piece and smash down lightly with the help of your hand. slice diagonally into bite-size pieces
  • In a bowl, combine the feta, salt, pepper, 3 tbsp olive oil and lemon juice.
  • Add the feta dressing to the smashed cucumbers, along with pistachios, fresh chopped dill, mint leaves, and garlic.
  • Toss to combine and drizzle with olive oil, if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 910mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 604IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 182mg | Iron: 1mg
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Iva discovered the keto diet back in 2020 and has experimented with it, off and on. She recently took over this site and shares experiences, her knowledge and some yummy recipes. She also runs a women only website Women Blazing Trails.

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