Holiday Cooking with Herbs #1 – Grated Cucumber & Mint Salad

This salad goes very well with the Seared Tuna with Roasted Capsicum Sauce (posted shortly) or any types of grilled dish. The combination of cucumber and mint produces a light and refreshing salad which is perfect for warm summer days. I have never been a big fan of salad, but this particular dish really captures my taste bud!

The preparation is simply mixing all the ingredients together. Make sure, though, that you use fresh vegetables and good quality olive oil. And if you are lucky enough to have a bottle of orange blossom water (*) at hand, add a tiny bit to the mixture as well. The addition gives this ordinary dish a mysterious fragrance and flavor which I totally adore.

Grated Cucumber & Mint Salad

Recipe from Arabesque by Claudia Roden

What you need:

1 large cucumber

3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

1 tsp of orange blossom water(*), or to taste


Leaves of 2 sprigs of mint, chopped


Peel & grated the cucumber. Drain off juice then mix with the rest of ingredients.

(*) Orange blossom water can be found at Greek or Middle Eastern Groceries

This post forms part of my entry for Holiday Cooking with Herbs, hosted by the gracious Kalyn. You have now until Dec 23 to participate in this wonderful event. Remember also to check Kalyn´s blog for lots of fantastic holiday cooking ideas on December 23rd.


3 Responses to Holiday Cooking with Herbs #1 – Grated Cucumber & Mint Salad

  1. Kalyn says:

    I really want that cookbook. I love her books. This sounds just wonderful to go with the tuna.

  2. Haalo says:

    That looks so refreshing and such an interesting use of orange flower water. I will have to try this.

  3. Scott at Real Epicurean says:

    This does look great.

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