Need some culinary inspiration?
I sincerely love yoghurt and the versility of being able to use it in so many ways for sweet, savoury, fresh and cooked dishes. I was invited to work with Queenslands’ Maleny Dairies to come up with some recipes for their deliciously thick natural yoghurt. I jumped at the opportunity. When I think about creating recipes ideas, it’s about featuring the key ingredient, and then working around what I have or what I can use to showcase the ingredient. This Cucumber, pickled onion, feta and yoghurt salad came about because my brother, lending his hand to gardening, ended up with an abundance of home grown cucumbers. He was dropping off bags to me on my request, not knowing there would be 30 or so dropped off at one time. So I began madly juicing, pickling and looking for ways to use this cooling fruit.
I love this Cucumber salad because is it has everything you could want in flavour. The tangy bite of the quick pickled onions, crisp crunchy cucumber, creamy thick Queensland Maleny Dairies Natural Yoghurt, salty feta and the hint of fresh mint, dill, garlic and lemon…what more could you want in a salad.
The versitility of this Cucumber salad is wonderful. Furthermore you can add boiled potatoes, cooked grains, cooked eggs, sliced cooked lamb or chicken, grated zucchini, spinach or your favourite salad leaves to bulk out the dish or change it up. Experiment at home by using ingredients you have to create your own version.