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Creamy cucumber salad (yogurt + miso dressing)

This creamy cucumber salad recipe with an easy dressing is full of healthy ingredients like Greek yogurt, miso paste, dill and olive oil. It's simple but very satisfying!

Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine gluten-free, Greek, Healthy, Mediterranean
Keyword creamy, cucumber, miso, salad, yogurt
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 161 kcal
Author Makos

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 3-4 Persian cucumbers (a little more than 1 pound / 500 grams)
  • 1/2 -1 red onion, thinly sliced or chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

For the creamy Yogurt-miso dressing:

  • 3/4 cups Greek strained yogurt, 2% fat
  • 1-2 tablespoons miso paste (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, optional
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare the cucumbers: Slice the cucumbers, add a pinch of salt, mix and transfer them in a colander for 15-20 minutes to drain (this is optional but it removes some of the water that can make the salad watery).

  2. Mix the salad ingredients: Transfer the cucumbers, the onion, the dill and the oregano to a salad bowl.

  3. Make the dressing: In another bowl add the miso paste and one tablespoon of the yogurt. Mix well with a spoon until homogenized and smooth. Gradually, add the rest of the yogurt until well combined. Add the olive oil, the vinegar and the garlic powder (if using) and mix well. Taste and adjust the vinegar and the salt.

  4. Make the salad: Spoon the dressing over the salad and mix with a spoon. Serve.

Recipe Notes

  • The quantity of the miso paste you'll need depends on the type of miso and your own taste. Different types have stronger or milder flavor and are more or less salty. Start with 1 tablespoon and add more after tasting it. If you're new to miso it's best to chose a white or red variety. Dark miso paste has stronger flavor.
  • Not all miso paste is gluten-free. If you follow a gluten-free diet make sure you buy a suitable miso.
  • Regular yogurt is not recommended here because the salad can turn out watery.
  • You can read more about cucumber varieties in the easy cucumber salad recipe (you can find the link below).

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