Concombre a la menthe

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One of my favorite things about French food is its simplicity. You may be thinking that French food seems quite complicated, but I would guess that you’re referring to the fancy Parisian restaurants that specialize in haute cuisine. Salads like this refreshing and minimalist concombre a la menthe (cucumber mint) salad showcase the best of French simplicity. 

Concombre a la menthe

Real French food is simple, uncomplicated, and incredibly delicious. Take this concombre a la menthe salad, a simple medley of sliced cucumbers and mint with a fuss-free yogurt dressing.

You can whip up this salad in a matter of minutes, serving this dish as a light accompaniment to some grilled beef or lamb. 

concombre a la menthe

I was actually inspired to make this concombre a la menthe salad after making some slow-cooked lamb, knowing this light and refreshing salad would go perfectly with the hearty lamb.

I love this salad because it utilizes yogurt in the dressing instead of cream or mayonnaise. While I’m a big fan of both cream and mayonnaise, they can be a bit heavy to consume when you’re preparing yourself for a hearty meal like slow-cooked lamb.

This concombre a la menthe salad is the perfect side or appetizer to enjoy as a refreshing addition that doesn’t overwhelm your appetite. 

concombre a la menthe

I think it was only until a few years ago that people looked at yogurt as anything other than a breakfast option or mid-day snack served with fresh fruit and/or granola. But with the healthy food craze that’s taken off in recent years, yogurt has become a healthy substitute for many of our favorite condiments, including salad dressing.

To appreciate this concombre a la menthe salad to the fullest, it’s best to use a full-fat, plain yogurt rather than low-fat or greek. The low-fat will probably be too watery and the greek will be too thick.

The neutral-flavored cucumber and yogurt are made flavorful with some salt, pepper, fresh mint, and a splash of [easyazon_link identifier=”B00075WK06″ locale=”US” tag=”monpetitfour-20″]red wine vinegar[/easyazon_link]. The radish slices are my personal addition and provide a sharp kick, giving this salad a little more oomph without any extra fuss.

I warn you not to be surprised if you find yourself delighting in this incredibly simple salad!

concombre a la menthe

Concombre a la menthe

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A light and refreshing cucumber salad. 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Persian cucumbers, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1/3 cup plain, full-fat yogurt
  • 7 mint leaves, separated
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 a radish, sliced thinly
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Pat dry cucumber slices with a paper towel to absorb some of the water. Toss the cucumbers with a pinch of salt in a bowl.
  2. Take 4 of the mint leaves and slice them thinly into ribbons (chiffonade). In your serving bowl, whisk the yogurt with the mint leaves, the red wine vinegar, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  3. Add the cucumber slices and stir together with a large spoon. Garnish the salad with the sliced radish and remaining mint leaves.

Notes

Make sure to use a full-fat yogurt rather than low-fat or greek for best consistency.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 2 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131
concombre a la menthe

11 thoughts on “Concombre a la menthe”

  1. I agree, the French also love simple food that is all about good fresh ingredients. This salad is lovely and so versatile, it would be a great accompaniment to spicy food. <3 xx

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    • Thanks, Karrie! French food always gets the reputation of being incredibly complicated when in reality, so many of the dishes are so simple. 🙂

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  2. This salad is simply stunning! I just love that vibrant green with the splash of red and that creamy yogurt sauce! I actually had everything on hand (except I used an English cucumber), and it was perfect! It was just what I was looking for – light, refreshing, and it only took 5 minutes to prepare! I’d call that a win!

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    • Thanks so much, Kathleen! I saw your salad on Instagram and it looked gorgeous! So glad you enjoyed this one <3

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  3. This cucumber salad looks fabulous, Beeta! Light, refreshing and seriously delicious! Totally my type of salad. Love that you used yogurt in here!! Wish we were neighbors, because I DEFINITELY would have invited myself over to eat this and deliciously slow cooked lamb! Cheers, sweets! <3

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    • Thank you, Cheyanne! If we were neighbors, I would have invited you over anyways, of course! If anything, I’d probably ask you to bring over one of your amazing dishes too! <3

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