Salad with Radishes, Cucumbers, Tomatoes and Scallions in Tzatziki Dressing

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I had very fond memories from my childhood about the staple salad always made in our house growing up, well besides Oliv’e:)  This other family favorite was a salad mixed with cucumbers, radishes, dill and tomatoes cut up and mixed with sour cream and some salt.  We considered this a more casual everyday salad and pretty much had it in our house almost every day of  the week.   Now ofcourse there are so many delicious variations and salad choices out there, however this one still hits close to home even 25 years later.

I figured since so much time has passed, while this salad is great it can use a bit of an update. I have to say while change is not always for the best, the changes I’ve made to this salad made it even better and the reason for it is Tzatziki!  Well anything Russian and Greek mixed together should be even better, wouldn’t it?:)

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I usually buy already made Tzatziki from Costco by Hannah, and love the taste of it.  I add it to salads, use it as a dip for pirogis eat it with fish…meat..you name it!  It’s an everything sauce in our house, that is also Glutein Free and relatively healthy.  But was is Tzaziki?  While I know that it’s a Greek Sauce that tastes like sour cream with vegetables and spices,  I know nothing else about it.

“Tzatziki is Greek appetizer, also used as a sauce for gyros. Tzatziki is made of strained yogurt (usually from sheep or goat milk) mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, and sometimes lemon juice, and dill or mint or parsley.  Tzatziki is always served cold. While in Greece and Turkey the dish is usually served as an accompaniment, in other places tzatziki is often served with bread (loaf or pita) as part of the first course of a meal.”

Source:  Tzatziki.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tzatziki. Retrieved , 27, 2013

I guess my intuition of taste, proved me right by serving it as an appetizer (or meze) with pirogois or raw vegetables for dipping; and using it as a sauce to accompany lamb or chicken kebabs, or pita sandwiches. Tzatziki generally has a tangy flavor and a garlicky bite, and the cucumbers provide a cooling effect, so adding it to salads as well turned to be an even better idea.

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Ingredients:

 3 Radishes
1/3 Bunch of Fresh Scallions
1 Medium Cucumber
1 Cup of Cherry or regular Tomatoes
1 Table Spoon of dried Parsley
2 Table Spoons of Tzatziki 
1 Tea Spoon of Freeze Dried Red Onion
 
How to make salad with Tzatziki:
 
1.  Start out by washing all your vegetables.  Trim the ends of the cucumbers and radishes.
 
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2.  Using your Mandoline Slicer on the lowest setting slice up your radishes.  I use the one by Cuisineart, click here if you want more info.
 
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3.  Now change your setting to the v shape knife which will give you thin Julien like slices.

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4.  Slice up your cucumber with v shape cutter, can also just cut it up or use the same slicing setting as radishes… up to you.

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5.  Cut up your fresh scallions.  I use my ceramic knife to make extra thin slices.

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6.  Dice up your cherry or regular tomatoes and then mix all your vegetables all together in a bowl.

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7. I also like to add some freeze dried onion,  because it adds an extra mild to sweet flavor to this salad.

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8.  Your salad is almost ready, now it’s time to add your Tzatziki dressing.

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9.  You are done!  Your salad is ready.  Enjoy!

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10.  If you have guests coming or have time to decorate your salad, you can use your radish slices and some fresh herbs to add some style to your salad.  I hope you will like this updated family recipe.  Let me know what you think:)

Love,

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Salad with Radishes, Cucumbers, Tomatoes and Scallions in Tzatziki Dressing
 
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Salad with radishes, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, fresh cut up scallions, freeze dried red onions in Tzatziki dressing
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Recipe type: Fresh Vegetables Salad
Cuisine: Russian, Ukranian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 3 Radishes
  • ⅓ Bunch of Fresh Scallions
  • 1 Medium Cucumber
  • 1 Cup of Cherry or regular Tomatoes
  • 1 Table Spoon of dried Parsley
  • 2 Table Spoons of Tzatziki
  • 1 Tea Spoon of Freeze Dried Red Onion
Instructions
  1. Start out by washing all your vegetables. Trim the ends of the cucumbers and radishes.
  2. Using your Mandoline Slicer on the lowest setting slice up your radishes.
  3. Now change your setting to the v shape knife which will give you thin Julien like slices.
  4. Slice up your cucumber with v shape cutter, can also just cut it up or use the same slicing setting as radishes… up to you.
  5. Cut up your fresh scallions. I use my ceramic knife to make extra thin slices.
  6. Dice up your cherry or regular tomatoes and then mix all your vegetables all together in a bowl.
  7. I also like to add some freeze dried onion, because it adds an extra mild to sweet flavor to this salad.
  8. Now add your Tzatziki dressing and mix well. Your salad is ready.
  9. If you have guests coming or have time to decorate your salad, you can use your radish slices and some fresh herbs to add some style to your salad.
  10. Enjoy!

 

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