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Shaved Cucumber Salad with Lime-Mint Yogurt Dressing

Shaved Cucumber Salad with Lime-Mint Yogurt Dressing

The weather is getting a little warmer lately here in Alberta (okay, it snowed a bit today, but it melted away in no time…Yay!). The grill is officially out of hibernation, and spicy grilled chicken has already been made.

One of my favourite side dishes to go with chicken is a super easy to put together cucumber salad. It’s also a fantastic side dish for other meats and fish too!

I used a vegetable peeler to get the thinly sliced cucumber pieces and a knife to slice the radishes and onions, but a sharp knife or a mandoline can also be used for slicing the vegetables. Why peel instead of slice? I like the presentation a little better than the regular circle slices down the length of the cucumber, but either way would work amazingly!

The homemade dressing comes together quickly and is a lovely, refreshing accompaniment to the salad due to the fresh lime and mint in the dressing. It complements the cooling cucumber, while cutting down the mild bite that you get from the radishes and red onions.

The amounts below are what I used in this recipe, but like all salads, feel free to change up the quantities according your personal taste. Although not stated in this recipe, another ingredient that would go well in this salad is feta cheese to add a little more creaminess and saltiness to the salad or a pinch of fresh dill for that distinctive flavour.

Cucumbers, radishes, a red onion, a lime, mint leaves, and a bowl of yogurt.

The ingredients! Amounts listed in the “Ingredients” list below.

Lime-mint yogurt dressing ingredients in a bowl.

Place all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together.

Bowls of shaved cucumbers, radishes,sliced red onions, and lime-mint yogurt dressing.

All the ingredients are ready to assemble into one big salad. You don’t need to have all the ingredients in separate bowls; just one big bowl!

Shaved Cucumber Salad with Lime-Mint Yogurt Dressing on a white plate; a kitchen towel draped on the side of the plate.

Drizzle the lime-mint yogurt dressing with the vegetables.Gently toss to coat the salad (I do this just prior to eating).

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Shaved Cucumber Salad with Lime-Mint Yogurt Dressing on a white plate with more undressed salad, dressing, and fork to its side.
Shaved Cucumber Salad with Lime-Mint Yogurt Dressing

Shaved Cucumber Salad with Lime-Mint Yogurt Dressing

Yield: 4 as a side
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This delicious cucumber salad with homemade lime-mint yogurt dressing is healthy, refreshing, ready in ten minutes, and goes wonderfully as a side dish for chicken, beef, or fish.


For the salad:

  • 4 cups (10 oz) English cucumbers* (I used the mini variety), shaved
  • ¾ cup (3 oz) radishes, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup (0.5 oz) red onions, thinly sliced

For the dressing:

  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Optional step: If you would like to cut down the strong flavour of raw red onion, soak the sliced onions in very cold water for 10 minutes. Make sure to swirl the onions in the cold water before removing.
  2. Toss together the thinly sliced vegetables in a large bowl**. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the salad ingredients. Taste and adjust the flavour according to your preferences. Drizzle the desired amount of dressing on top of the salad and gently toss to coat. Serve immediately.


  • *I used mini English cucumbers, but Kirby or Persian cucumbers can be used as well.
  • **I find it helpful to use a vegetable slicer to slice the cucumbers and a sharp knife for the radishes and onions. A mandoline slicer would also be great to get thin slices.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g

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Monday 24th of April 2017

Aww man, I wished I saw this sooner. I had 3 cucumbers go in the garbage yesterday from not being used.. Such a simple refreshing side. I always have issues with sides! :D but Marie's always there to the rescue with that! :D

Marie | Yay! For Food

Monday 24th of April 2017

Thanks Joyce! Glad you like this one!


Sunday 23rd of April 2017

I seriously think you just combined my favorite veggies into one beautiful salad! I super love cucumbers and can eat them all summer long. I can't wait to make this, thank you!

Marie | Yay! For Food

Sunday 23rd of April 2017

Yay! Thanks Erica!

romain | glebekitchen

Friday 21st of April 2017

Oh I just cannot wait until I get the first farmer's market radishes to try this. And that dressing. I can see using that on everything or just putting a dollop of it on some simple marinated grilled chicken. So many possibilities with that one.

Marie | Yay! For Food

Saturday 22nd of April 2017

Thanks Romain!

Alyssa @ A Bite of Inspiration

Thursday 20th of April 2017

I love the look of this salad, Marie! It would definitely go well with spicy chicken-- the yogurt dressing would complement and cool down the spice so nicely! Your step-by-step photos are gorgeous! You're making me hungry for veggies, which isn't easy to do. ;) Thanks for sharing!

Marie | Yay! For Food

Friday 21st of April 2017

Thank you!

Alison @ The Sunday Glutton

Wednesday 19th of April 2017

This looks like the perfect, cool and refreshing side dish for spring and summer. Cucumbers are my favorite part of any salad, so why not make them the whole salad!? Love it!!

Marie | Yay! For Food

Thursday 20th of April 2017

Thanks Alison!

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