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Almost everyone I bumped into this weekend commented that they could not wait for fall! Cool weather and football were their desires. With Labor Day right around the corner being the symbolic end to grilling season, it is time to enjoy the sun, summer vegetables and BBQ one last time. That is why I am starring one of my favorite summer vegetables, cucumbers. My Dad has been keeping us in a constant supply of cucumbers from his garden. I had been making my Sour Cream Dill Cucumber Salad almost every week.
We were getting pretty sick of that easy salad, so I came up with a new one, Cucumber Salad with Cranberries and Pumpkin seeds with a Poppy Seed Dressing. This salad is every bit as easy as the Sour Cream Dill Cucumber Salad, but it gives us a totally new way to enjoy cucumbers. I love the mix of flavors from the crunchy pumpkin seeds, the sweetness of the cranberries, the bite of the onion and, of course, the crisp cucumbers. It is all tossed in a tangy, slightly sweet poppy seed dressing.
Truth be told, we do not usually BBQ for Labor Day. It happens to coincide with our Anniversary, so we try to take advantage and get away for the weekend. This year that will not be happening thanks to my hubby being laid off next month. So, I think a celebratory BBQ is in order. We may have some obstacles right now, but we still have a lot to be thankful for. I am trying to keep my optimism and remember how lucky we are.
This salad is perfect for a Labor Day barbecue. It literally comes together in five minutes with a few ingredients. You can pack it and take it with you to a potluck or make it in the morning of your own BBQ. If you are going to make it ahead of time, keep the dressing on the side until you are ready to serve. How easy is that?!
To give it a little sweetness, I used SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener. It gives the salad dressing just the right amount of sweetness, not too sweet and not too sour. Most poppy seed dressing are too sweet for me. I also used low sugar dried cranberries. Both are a great way for you to control the amount of sugar in your food. Make sure you keep this recipe in your arsenal of easy BBQ or potluck dishes. It will be your family’s new favorite cucumber recipe. You can find more ideas to use SPLENDA® products at Sweet Swaps.
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Healthy Cucumber Salad with Cranberries and Poppy Seed Dressing
- 2 cups sliced cucumbers
- ¼ cup thinly sliced sweet onion
- 3 tbsp . pumpkin seeds
- 3 tbsp . dried cranberries , low sugar
- 1 tbsp . apple cider vinegar
- ¼ tsp . Dijon mustard
- 1 ½ tsp . SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener
- 1 tsp . poppy seeds
- 1 tbsp . extra virgin olive oil
- Pinch salt
Place cucumbers, onion, pumpkin seeds and cranberries in a medium bowl. Toss gently to combine.
In a jar, shake together remaining ingredients.
Pour over cucumbers and toss to combine.
I calculated 3 Weight Watcher smart points
Happy Healthy Eating,
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