Mayonnaise is a bane of my existence. I have never ever liked it, and only if its flavor is so well hidden that I cannot taste it will I even tolerate it. I have no idea why, that’s just how it is. There are a number of foods that I have never liked, including mayo, chocolate milk, ketchup, cottage cheese, or the taste of sour cream. Call me weird, haha. I certainly made for a strange kid – I mean what kid doesn’t like chocolate milk?? What’s even funnier is the reason for my dislike of just about every kid’s idea of candy in a glass. I felt that it tasted fake – it didn’t taste like REAL chocolate, and I liked REAL chocolate so much better. I guess that was my foodie self showing through even in my younger years, lol. But I really have no idea about the mayo.
Unfortunately, my distaste for mayo poses problems for me with just about any creamy summer salad out there – potato salad, cucumber salad, many coleslaws, etc. That’s one big reason why I normally add in TONS of curry powder to chicken salad, so I can’t taste the mayo, lol. But no longer! Now that I have been experimenting more with plain yogurt, I have found yogurt to be the perfect substitute for mayonnaise.
This cucumber salad is a great example of my experiments with yogurt in dressings – the result is creamy, cool and refreshing, just perfect for a warm summer’s day. And yet, it still packs a punch of flavor. The yogurt makes it rich and creamy without actually being as indulgent as it tastes – yes, sometimes I do actually make food that is somewhat healthy, haha. This is also a total budget salad, and amounted to about $1.50 per serving. Definitely grad student budget friendly and super easy to prepare, and a great way to use up those summer farmer’s market veggies!
Ingredients (2 servings):
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 tbs. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. mustard
salt, pepper, dill to taste
small pinch oregano
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 scallion, chopped
1. Combine yogurt, vinegar, mustard, and seasonings together in a small bowl to make the dressing.
2. Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Toss with the dressing.