Cooling Persian Cucumber Salad

Most of the U.S. is in the middle of heat wave right now, and we get deeper into one of the hottest summers on record. This might mean a lot of sitting in the A.C., taking a dip in the pool, and trying whatever you can to keep cool as the long, hot days stretch on. But, there is also another way to help you and your family keep your temp in check from the inside out–by taking a cue from Ayurveda.

According to the principles of Ayurveda, the key to living well is to stay in balance. So when the summer throws 90+ degree days at you, the key is to find ways to cool down and get back to a neutral temperature.

One way to do this is to avoid eating “warming” foods and eating more “cooling” foods (see a quick list in the picture on the right).

Try this Cooling Persian Cucumber Salad recipe that not only tastes great, but will also leave you feeling refreshed:


  • 10-12  fingerling potatoes
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 T rock salt
  • 4 medium sized persian cucumbers
  • 2 large handfuls fresh green beans, ends removed
  • 1 hefty handful arugula
  • 1/2 head of romaine lettuce
  • 1 bunch spring onions
  • 1 cup cooked red quinoa
  • 1 bunch dill
  • 1 copious handful cilantro
  • 4-5 leaves basil
  • 1 lime
  • 1 t apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Directions: In a large pot, combine salt, water, and potatoes and bring to a boil. Cook until the potatoes are fork-tender, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the pot and drain. Let it sit in your colander for 5 minutes. Refrigerate.

Chop the rest of the vegetables into small bite-sized pieces, except the arugula which can be tossed in as is. Layer into a large salad bowl and stir in the quinoa. Once your potatoes are cool, slice, quarter, and add them to your salad. Juice the lime and sprinkle with the apple cider vinegar over your salad. Lightly toss. Finely chop the herbs and add. Finally, drizzle in your olive oil and gently fluff. Taste and adjust your oil-vinegar-lime balance. Season with salt and pepper.

Enjoy! If this works for you, you might want to take the time to learn more about Ayurveda and how it can help you manage your health, emotions, and mindset.

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