Spring and Summer months bring so much joy with fresh fruit! This Cool Cucumber and Strawberry Salad with Vinaigrette can certainly be eaten all year-round and is waist-friendly for the 17 Day Diet.
Sure, you can find strawberries any time of the year, but I think they have less flavor when it’s during the off-season.
When it’s officially strawberry season, I eat them daily!
This recipe is super simple. It’s basically cucumbers and strawberries (plus a few extra ingredients).
The vinaigrette is made by using even more strawberries (and a few extra ingredients, too).
I love to eat this salad when strawberries are in season. I generally start eating strawberries during Spring and Summer.
The sweeter the berries, the better the salad and dressing!
Best Way to Prepare Cucumbers
This recipe calls for your cucumbers to be peeled and diced. I personally have a bit of trouble digesting the skin, so that’s why I peel the cucumbers first.
However, if you don’t have this problem, you can certainly keep the peel on. You’ll get more nutrients from the skin.
Plus, it will add more color to your salad.
If you prefer sliced, rather than diced, feel free to slice your cucumbers!
There’s really no right or wrong way to prepare this salad.
Skin on or off – it doesn’t make any difference.
If you want a chunky salad like the recipe calls for, then dice your veggies and fruit.
If you want a thinly sliced salad, then opt for sliced ingredients!
It might be a bit difficult to see the cucumber in my photo above – it’s mainly because they are peeled!
Other Salads You May Enjoy
If you like the simplicity of this salad, you’ll likely love these other recipes:
If you decide to make this salad, make sure you stop back by to rate this recipe below and let me know how you enjoyed it!
For the Salad
- 1 whole cucumber, peeled and diced
- 5-6 Strawberries, diced
- 1 serving strawberry vinaigrette (see below)
- Fresh ground white pepper
- Mint, chopped (optional)
For the Vinaigrette
- 5-6 Medium Strawberries
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- Dash of salt
- Dash of cayenne (optional)
- Fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Stevia to taste
- Water for desired consistency
For the vinaigrette:
- Combine all ingredients in food processor. Puree until smooth. Set aside.
For the salad:
- Slice strawberries and cucumber and place in a bowl.
- Pour vinaigrette over salad and mix well.
- Allow salad to marinade for about 10 minutes for all flavors to fully combine.
- Garnish salad with sliced strawberries and freshly ground pepper.
- Top with mint (optional)
Approved for all cycles.
Cucumbers - you can peel or leave the skin on. It's your choice.
If you want a chunky salad, dice as the recipe calls for. Otherwise, sliced veggies and fruit is fine, too!
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