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Persian Cucumber Salad with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette and Za'atar

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Take the humble cucumbers to new heights with this easy, refreshing salad tossed with smoked paprika vinaigrette and sprinkled with a homemade za'atar. Any cucumber will do in this salad, but I just love the mini thin-skinned Persian variety. It's perfect as a side for an outdoor grill.
Persian cucumbers are thin-skinned and only grow to be about five to six inches long and remain quite narrow. They are crispier and have a mild and sweet flavour. You can use other mini cucmbers too.
Za'atar is typically a combination of dried oregano, thyme, and/or marjoram with sumac and toasted sesame seeds. You can purchase this middle Eastern spice mix or easily make your own at home.

Salad & Smoked Paprika VinaigretteZa'atar Spice Blend
  • 120 ml Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Sherry vinegar
  • 1 Shallot, minced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 sp Smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly ground pepper
  • 750 g Persian cucumbers, quartered lengthwise
  • 1 tbsp Chopped fresh dill
  • Pink peppercorns, to garnish, optional
  • 1 tbsp Dried thyme
  • 1 tsp Dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp Sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 tbsp Sumac
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  1. Place olive oil, vinegar, shallot, Dijon, smoked paprika, salt and pepper in a blender or a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Blend or shake until well combined.
  2. To make a za'atar, just stir together all ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Toss cucumbers in a large bowl with the dressing. Chill, tossing once, for 1-2 hours. Just before serving, add dill and toss to combine.
  4. Arrange them on a platter. Sprinkle some za'atar and pink peppercorns if using.

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Graciela Bacino 3/7/21 06:17

Qué tentación!!
Excelente y colorida presentación.
No todas vuesteas recetas puedo seguir; no todos los ingredientes se pueden conseguir. Igualmente, se puede hacer algo semejante, sustituir o anular lo que no se encuentre en nuestro mercado.
Un placer!
Buen fin de semana!!

Nancy Chan 3/7/21 08:30

Nice crunchy delight. I want to try this.

Pedro 3/7/21 08:44

Refreshing, aromatic and very light your cucumber salad, dressed with oriental flavors.
Have a good day!

DEZMOND 3/7/21 09:37

It does sound refreshing! I've never mixed smoked with vinegar, so that sounds unusual. Loving that little wooden handle spoon!

Tom 3/7/21 11:20

...cucumbers aren't just for pickling.

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 3/7/21 13:03

This is intriguing, going to give this a go today it goes great with our corned beef sandwiches!

Margaret D 3/7/21 13:10

Looks lovely and would taste good.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 3/7/21 13:16

I'm the only cucumber lover in the house so this salad would be ALL for me! Delicious, Angie.

Martha 3/7/21 13:51

This does sound fantastic Angie! Have a great weekend. :)

New Classic r 3/7/21 13:53

This recipe is an even better version of a refrigerator pickle. Definitely adding it to my rotation. Could I use fresh herbs to make the za'atar?

Christine 3/7/21 14:00

looks crunchy and delicious!

Ben | Havocinthekitchen 3/7/21 14:13

Such a refreshing, easy yet absolutely flavourful summer recipe! I am a huge fan of smoked paprika using it almost in every savoury dish, so this looks and sounds right up my alley!

[Reply] 3/7/21 14:36

I love cucumber salad, and cutting them lengthwise makes such a beautiful presentation, sounds yummy!

Karen (Back Road Journal) 3/7/21 14:50

While I don't have the Persian variety of cucumbers, I have a regular one and I'm looking forward to preparing it using your recipe. Certainly not your usual cucumber salad.

Brian 3/7/21 15:04

That would be a big hit here, we love cucumbers!

Chef Mimi 3/7/21 15:49

I can’t wait to make this vinaigrette! I can see it on all kinds of different salads, including greens, beans, grains…. Thanks!

Angie's Recipes 3/7/21 15:57

@New Classic r Yes, but I won't make a huge batch because it will go bad soon because of fresh herbs.

Kitchen Riffs 3/7/21 17:24

So, so nice -- wonderful flavor. Thanks!

judee 3/7/21 17:55

Interesting that you made cucumber spears- I made a cucumber salad too this week and grated it with radish. Love all your seasonings too

Mijú 3/7/21 19:03

Que ricos así los pepinos.
El zaatar me encanta :-)))
1 saludito

bill burke 3/7/21 19:47

Sounds very tasty and looks delicious.

Martyna 3/7/21 21:07

That looks very delicious 😊

bread&salt 3/7/21 23:45

Very new recipe! Looks very colorful and delicious.

J.P. Alexander 4/7/21 02:55

Gracias por la receta nunca he comido el pepino de esa manera. Ya haré la receta te mando un beso

lea 4/7/21 16:27

Bellissimo piatto estivo, fresco e colorato!

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 4/7/21 20:50

Cucumber salads are a must for me during the summer, so I can't wait to try yours, Angie!! It's so unique AND beautiful!!! I'm going to make this to eat while sitting outside next to the pool!

zufik 4/7/21 21:41

My taste, love zaatar :)

foodtravelandwine 4/7/21 22:11

It looks so fresh!!.....a tempting cucumber salad....I love Persian food!!.... Abrazotes, Marcela

Lowcarb team member 4/7/21 23:30

That does look very nice, I must remember to get some cucumbers this week :)

All the best Jan

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews 6/7/21 07:15

I know that cucumber is supposed to good for you, but it is probably my least favourite salad item and I usually only eat it sparingly. Your Persian cucumber sounds really different though, as does the Za'atar dressing. I think this would be a great flavour combination to make the humble cucumber a whole lot more interesting!! :)

Izaa 6/7/21 08:53

I will use the recipe because I like such flavors

Federica Simoni 6/7/21 14:27

Davvero squisita questa insalata😜

Evi @ greenevi 7/7/21 16:30

I've never had a cucumber salad like this before, it looks amazing! Loving these kind of refreshing recipes at the moment, so I'm definitely trying this out. Thanks for the idea!

Valentina 7/7/21 22:48

I love this salad, Angie. So nice to keep the cucumbers in long pieces, as it makes for such a pretty presentation. :-) ~Valentina

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 9/7/21 18:41

My cucumber plants have lots of babies growing on them right now and I can't wait to try this! So flavorful!

tigerfish 15/7/21 15:40

Wow, your use of spices make this salad pop, with colors and flavors.

mjskit 18/7/21 01:51

We are eating A LOT of cucumbers right now. Thank for another creative recipe and tasty way to serve cucumbers. Love it.


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