Cooling Cucumber and Sweet Red Pepper Salad


Allergy Free Vegan Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Greek Mediterranean Salad Cucumber Pepper Tomato

Cucumber and Sweet Red Pepper Salad (vegan & allergy friendly)

Inspiration

This quick and easy to prepare allergy friendly Cooling Cucumber and Sweet Red Pepper Salad is perfect for this time of year, when you’re too hot to crave anything other than salads and lighter fare! With a heat index of over 100 degrees this past weekend, the last thing I have been thinking about is standing in a kitchen with a hot oven. That’s one reason why I shared with you yummy Raw Nut Free Lemon Bars in my last post. Thanks again to all the other allergy friendly foodie bloggers that I follow who featured these bars as a favorite on their recipe carnivals last week!!

A couple weeks ago, I started a real diet, after realizing that the closer I get to 40, the harder it is to lose weight. I no longer can rely on simply exercising a bit more to shed the unwanted pounds I never lost after giving birth. So, in addition to running, I have been eating even healthier than before (and resisting those tempting unhealthy midday snacks). I’ve been feeling so good that I am considering registering for my first 10K to keep up my motivation – and maybe planning a beach vacation?! ;)

Allergy Free Vegan Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Greek Mediterranean Salad Cucumber Pepper Tomato

A Quick and Easy Recipe with Basic Ingredients – Fresh Veggies!

As I try to keep cool in the summer heat and shed pounds, crisp cucumbers have become a staple in my diet. This Cooling Cucumber and Sweet Red Pepper Salad is a dish that I have enjoyed multiple times over the last couple weeks.  It is so quick and easy to make with very few basic ingredients – fresh summer vegetables. And flavored by nothing more than some dairy-free (or regular low-fat) Greek style yogurt and a couple splashes of lime juice, it’s also zero guilt – swimsuit here I come!

Refreshing Cooling Allergy Free Vegan Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Greek Mediterranean Salad Cucumber Pepper Tomato

Served with a bit of all-natural hummus and some gluten free tortilla chips or whole grain pita bread, and this deliciously light salad is perfect for a quick snack, lunch, or as compliment to a light Mediterranean style dinner!

FREE Ingredients

(Makes one serving)

  • generous ½ cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 chopped Roma tomato (about ⅓ cup)
  • 2 tbsp. chopped onion
  • ⅓ cup chopped sweet red bell pepper
  • 2 packed tbsp. fresh chopped parsley (stems removed)
  • ¼ cup plain Greek-style dairy free yogurt (e.g.So Delicious) or low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • couple splashes of lime juice

Method (or Mistakes)

Refreshing Allergy Free Vegan Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Greek Mediterranean Salad Cucumber Pepper Tomato

Simply stir and enjoy!!

  1. Place all ingredients in a medium glass bowl, and stir until vegetables are well-covered in yogurt.
  2. Serve with a bit of all-natural hummus and some whole grain pita bread or gluten free tortilla chips.
  3. Enjoy!

NOM YUM

My husband and I have enjoyed this deliciously light and Cooling Cucumber and Sweet Red Pepper Salad several times in the last couple weeks. He’s enjoyed this salad because it’s been too hot for him to eat anything heavy, and I’ve loved that it is so quick and easy to make (again, I am not a fan of cooking in the summertime). Plus, despite how filling this crisp cucumber salad is served alongside a bit of hummus or some vegetarian falafel-like patties, with each bite I know I am one step closer to dropping dress sizes! ;)

Refreshing Cucumber Salad Fourth of July 2012 Summer Salad Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Refreshing Cucumber & Basil Salad

Looking for other refreshing summertime salads? Another one of my favorite summer dishes is the above pictured Refreshing Cucumber and Basil Salad. This quick and easy to prepare salad calls for even fewer common ingredients than my Cooling Cucumber and Sweet Red Pepper Salad. I was surprised by how popular this Refreshing Cucumber and Basil Salad was when I shared it on my blog last summer. Perhaps I am not the only one who enjoys the cooling combination of crisp cucumbers and fresh basil?!

Do you have a favorite summertime salad? Please share – I am sure I’m not the only one looking for some refreshing, lighter dishes this time of year!

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