This salad is so fast to make, so fresh tasting, and so very green, it could only come from one cookbook: "Fast, Fresh & Green" by Susie Middleton. This cookbook is filled with wonderful recipes that are vegetarian, healthy, and ridiculously easy to prepare. It has become one of my go-to cookbooks especially during the summer when the farmers markets are overflowing with fresh veggies.

Growing up, I always loved when my dad made cucumber salad; I loved that crisp and tangy flavor. Whereas my dad always used sour cream and lemon, this recipe calls for thick Greek yogurt and lime. It's a wonderful version that I like just as much as the recipe I grew up eating.

All said, this salad takes less than 15 minutes to put together. It is perfect as a quick, healthy side and can be thrown together to pair with a dinner or lunch — or even alone as lunch-on-the-go. You'll want to make it just before you sit down to eat, as the cucumbers and yogurt will get a little runny if left to sit for hours.

Ingredients for cucumber salad with honey-lime yogurt dressing

Prep time: 15 minutes 

Total time: 15 minutes 

Yields: 4-6 servings

Cucumber Salad with Honey-Lime Yogurt Dressing


  • 2 medium cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions, using just the white and light green parts
  • 3/4 cup Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 4 teaspoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts for garnish
Cooking directions
  1. Trim the ends off the cucumbers and peel them. Slice them lengthwise then use a spoon to scoop the seeds out. Slice them into thin half-moons, and combine them with the sliced scallions into a mixing bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, mint, lime zest, lime juice, honey, coriander and salt. Whisk until thoroughly mixed. Pour over the cucumber mix and stir to combine.
  3. Spoon into bowls, and garnish with mint leaves and pine nuts. Enjoy!

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Cucumber Salad with Honey-Lime Yogurt Dressing
This salad is perfect as a quick, healthy side to pair with a dinner or lunch.