Cucumber and Apple Salad

This dish just came to me out of the blue. I had a cucumber craving and this was the result.

The textures are great. The crunchy apple and cucumber. The rich vinaigrette. The juxtaposition of sweet and savory. It's summer on a plate.

zest and juice from 1 lime
2 tbls olive oil
2 tsps spicy brown mustard
2 tsps diet citrus flavored green iced tea
1 tbl Louisiana hot sauce
2 tsps salt
2 tsps dried dill, if you use fresh dill double the amount
1 tsp black pepper

Whisk together the dressing components in a bowl large enough to accommodate the salad ingredients as well.

1 large cucumber, about 3 cups, diced
1 large granny smith apple, about 1 cup, diced
3 small shallots, about 1/2 a cup, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced

Add the apple to the dressing as you dice it to keep it from turning brown. Add the other ingredients. Toss or stir to coat in the dressing and evenly mix the ingredients.

It's great immediately and even better after a few hours in the fridge.

I made it into a sandwich too!


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