Emergency Cucumber Salad

The situation:

I need a veggie-based snack. I’m not in the mood for a lot of chopping. It might be a particular time of the month, and I want something that tastes and feels like comfort food. I might also really, really, REALLY be craving salty snacks (like, if I was still the old me, I’d be snarfing a giant bowl of buttered, salted popcorn RIGHT. NOW.).

The solution:






What I did:

Thinly sliced the cucumbers and olives,  then I tossed them all together, and drizzled with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil.

How it made me feel:

It totally satisfied my salt tooth, and made me feel virtuous at the same time. It felt like cheating, but it’s actually super good for me. Neat trick!

Why it works:

The salty bite of the olives contrasts really nicely with the cool, sweet-in-comparison cucumbers, and the olive oil – without the distraction of vinegar or lemon juice – has awesome, almost-like-grease mouth feel. Say what you want about healthy eating, sometimes I just really want to feel like I’m eating a greasy snack. (Don’t you?!)

One more thing:

According to Cook’s Illustrated, the best extra virgin olive oil you can buy at a run-of-the-mill grocery store is Lucini. I trusted them and tried the organic version. It’s delicious, and reasonably-priced. Try it!


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  • Melissa says:

    I have never been able to get into olives, but I am glad this worked for you! My first answer to this was: foux mashed potatoes! I was sick this week and stuck at home, and the cauliflower mashed potatoes was a great comfort food.

  • Red Headed Racer says:

    for a minute i thought those were blueberries and i was all "WTF? blueberries and cukes?" I'm glad I read further….

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    I'll eat a lot of weird stuff, but I'm not sure even I could figure out how to make cukes and blueberries taste good!

  • Lydia says:

    I made this on Friday for weekend snacking and Sunday night my partner asked "Is there any of that cucumber thing left?" This from the guy who used to laud Nature Valley Granola Bars as a healthy snack when he wanted something crunchy.

    Your recipes (and you!) are much appreciated!

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    Lydia, that's awesome. Glad you like it… and thanks for the sweet words.

  • Lisa says:

    I love cucumbers and olives, I’m going to try this, thanks!

  • jo says:

    So simple. Loved the flavor! I liked that I could taste each flavor–the olives, oil and cucumbers.