Foodie Friday: Mediterranean Shredded Romaine & Cucumber Salad


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Today our theme is “cookbook craze” as in recipes from a favorite cookbook though I have to admit that I don’t normally use cookbooks…like ever.  I have a few that I’ve referenced from time to time but typically I just make recipes up on the fly or find my inspiration on the internet.  

Recently though, in search of a recipe to inspire me for this post, I came across a cooking magazine that I had tucked away in a drawer.  It was a Fine Cooking magazine that I am pretty sure was gifted to me by The Fit Cookie a while back.  

As I was flipping through it I came across a recipe for a Mediterranean shredded romaine and cucumber salad.  It struck me because I actually make a very similar salad regularly for dinner as the flavors are typical of Lebanese cuisine which I grew up on.  The only difference being that the chef took it up a level by shredding the cucumber, using walnuts and incorporating yogurt in the dressing. 

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Like I said, the way that I make this salad isn’t really much different though I did shred the cucumber as the recipe suggested and I have to say that it really does make it just that much better.

The only little changes that I made were swapping the walnuts (which I am allergic to) to pine nuts (which in my opinion are more Middle Eastern) and left out the greek yogurt from the dressing.  

 

Mediterranean Shredded Romaine and Cucumber Salad- full of herbs like dill, mint and parsley it's super flavorful and easy to whip up for lunch or for a weeknight dinner. It's gluten free, vegan and delicious!

 

If you wanted to give the salad some creaminess and still make it vegan you could use a dairy free yogurt but since I didn’t test it out, I have no idea how it might taste! 😛 

Mediterranean Shredded Romaine and Cucumber Salad- full of herbs like dill, mint and parsley it's super flavorful and easy to whip up for lunch or for a weeknight dinner. It's gluten free, vegan and delicious!

 

Mediterranean Shredded Romaine and Cucumber Salad- full of herbs like dill, mint and parsley it's super flavorful and easy to whip up for lunch or for a weeknight dinner. It's gluten free, vegan and delicious!

Mediterranean Shredded Romaine and Cucumber Salad- full of herbs like dill, mint and parsley it's super flavorful and easy to whip up for lunch or for a weeknight dinner. It's gluten free, vegan and delicious! 

Mediterranean Shredded Romaine & Cucumber Salad with Lemon Dressing


 

RECIPE 

Adapted from Fine Cooking magazine. 

INGREDIENTS: 

FOR THE DRESSING

  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp champagne or chardonnay vinegar 
  • 1 tsp minced garlic 
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek or non-dairy yogurt (optional)
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

 

FOR THE SALAD

  • 1 large head romaine
  • 1 English cucumber 
  • 1 cup baby arugula 
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts (or 3/4 cup walnuts as instructed)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill 
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint 
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh flat leaf parsley 
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

 

DIRECTIONS:

FOR THE DRESSING

  1. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, vinegar, and garlic. 
  2. Whisk in the yogurt (optional). 
  3. Drizzle in the oil, whisking to combine. 
  4. Season to taste and refrigerate until ready. 

FOR THE SALAD

  1. Wash and dry romaine leaves and slice crosswise then transfer into a large bowl. 
  2. Peel, halve, seed and grate the cucumber on a box grater, squeeze out any excess water. 
  3. Coarsely chop arugula and add to the bowl along with dill, mint and parsley. 
  4. Toss in the pint nuts followed by the salad dressing. 
  5. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.  
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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32 Comments

jill conyers
Reply December 18, 2015

This looks delicious! Is it just me or does everyone think salads taste better shredded or chopped?

Happy Friday Annmarie!
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    aelicatese
    Reply December 20, 2015

    I definitely think it tastes better too!!!

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply December 18, 2015

I like that you have brought a bit of Mediterranean sunshine to a cold and grey day. I would need to put some feta on this too ;)

    aelicatese
    Reply December 20, 2015

    Feta would taste great in it! :)

Jenn - a traveling Wife
Reply December 18, 2015

This looks delicious! I have been craving so many salads recently. Must be a side effect to eating so many sweets. :)

    aelicatese
    Reply December 20, 2015

    Haha I go through phases like that too! :)

Courtney Bentley
Reply December 18, 2015

I need to start eating more salads! Thanks for the inspo xo C
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    aelicatese
    Reply December 20, 2015

    Of course! :)

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply December 18, 2015

I am so adding this to the holiday weekend line up! Thank you!
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    aelicatese
    Reply December 20, 2015

    Yay! Let me know how you like it! :)

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Reply December 18, 2015

Yum!! Love the dressing!! I don't cook from cookbooks either. I'm a cook and baker so why would I use someone else's recipe when I'm full of my own!!
Haha! BUT I'm a cookbook collector since I just LOVE looking through them! So yea, I ask for cookbooks for gifts and things...but only to add to my collection :P

    aelicatese
    Reply December 20, 2015

    I do like collecting them too! :) I am a book collector in general though :P

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply December 18, 2015

There is nothing like fresh herbs for making a dish sing. I bet this is so refreshing!
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    aelicatese
    Reply December 20, 2015

    Yes, fresh herbs are where it's at!

ilka
Reply December 18, 2015

I don't think there is a salad I don't like:) Pinning!
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    aelicatese
    Reply December 20, 2015

    Yay, thank you! :)

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply December 18, 2015

You know that's my kind of salad! Yum pining
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    aelicatese
    Reply December 20, 2015

    Yay! Enjoy! :)

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply December 18, 2015

This look delicious! I've never thought of shredding cucumber for a salad!
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    aelicatese
    Reply December 20, 2015

    It honestly makes it just that much better, give it a try! :)

Sarah
Reply December 18, 2015

This looks simply delicious!
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    aelicatese
    Reply December 20, 2015

    Thank you! :)

GiGi Eats
Reply December 18, 2015

Makes me wanna get MED food today!! :D Nothing wrong with THAT!

    aelicatese
    Reply December 20, 2015

    Not at all! :P

bedak wanita
Reply December 19, 2015

That's look very tasty and make me so hungry :D
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Lindsay Cotter
Reply December 19, 2015

Love it! I don't use cookbooks much either. But they do inspire more ideas! Love how you used this one.

    aelicatese
    Reply December 20, 2015

    Thank you! They are great for recipe and food photography inspiration! :)

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply December 19, 2015

nom nom nom! That is all.
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    aelicatese
    Reply December 20, 2015

    :) :) :)

Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
Reply December 20, 2015

Mediterranean salads are my favorite salads! The dressing on this especially sounds so delicious and I appreciate how easy this is to make.
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Farrah
Reply December 21, 2015

Is it sad that I've never thought to shred cucumbers into a salad? This looks so good! <3 I like using cookbooks for inspiration when I have em' on hand, but they are all very conveniently across the country right now, hehehe.
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Jess @hellotofit
Reply December 24, 2015

Pine nuts offer such yummy texture to the salad. Looks amazing!

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