Cucumber Salad with Zesty Cilantro Dressing
Even something as basic as cucumbers can be transformed into a Wow! side dish with very little effort. Enjoy this crispy, crunchy cucumber salad with a bright pop of cool and creamy cilantro dressing, just a hint of crunch from pine nuts and the sweetness of red bell pepper.
This easy and delicious side dish is a perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken, fish or beef. Is a terrific base for crumbled taco meat, beans (if allowed) or even chicken.
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2 C cucumber spears
1 C red bell pepper slices
40 pine nuts
2 C fresh cilantro leaves, divided
1 C nonfat yogurt
1 T apple cider vinegar
1/4 C (approximately) unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 Tablespoon Stacey Hawkins Southwestern Seasoning
Wash and cut cucumbers and peppers. Place in a bowl, toss together and set aside.
Toast the pine nuts in a small pan over medium high heat, or toast quickly on a sheet pan using a blowtorch. Set aside to cool.
Set aside 3 T cilantro leaves for garnish.
Add all other ingredients, except coconut milk to a blender.
Pulse on high until ingredients are mixed well. Slowly add enough coconut milk to thin to desired consistency.
Equally divide the salad on 2 chilled plates. Sprinkle with equal amounts of pine nuts and cilantro. Drizzle with 2 T dressing and fresh cracked pepper to taste.
Recipe Notes & Optavia Counts
Serving size is 1/2 of the salad with 2 T dressing
3 - Green
2 - Condiments
1 1/2 - Healthy Fat
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