Cucumber salad perfectly accompanies a piece of grilled salmon. Salting and draining the cucumbers first intensifies their flavor and makes the salad less watery. Once the cucumbers have released some of their moisture, pat them dry on paper towels and dress them with sour cream, vinegar and dill. If you're not a dill fan, feel free to substitute basil or parsley, fresh or dried.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place cucumbers in a colander and toss with salt; let stand until several tablespoons of liquid has drained, 30 to 45 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels and transfer to a medium bowl. Add onion, sour cream, vinegar, dill and a few grinds of pepper. Toss to coat. (Can be refrigerated several hours ahead.)

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  • Meanwhile, heat gas grill, with all burners on high, until fully preheated, 10 to 15 minutes. Use a wire brush to clean grill rack, then brush lightly with oil. Close lid and let return to temperature. Brush salmon with oil and season with salt and pepper; grill until just opaque, about 3 minutes per side.

  • Set each warm or room-temperature salmon fillet on a plate; spoon cucumber salad over part of and alongside the fish.

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Nutrition Facts

361.7 calories; 30 g protein; 7.2 g carbohydrates; 93.3 mg cholesterol; 680.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2006
Delicious yummy and easy! I didn't have 30 min. to let the cucumbers sit and drain but they were fine after maybe 10 or 15. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/31/2008
Very flavorful. Loved the salad. I did add balsamic vinager to the salad which gave it a richer flavor. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2006
Delicious yummy and easy! I didn't have 30 min. to let the cucumbers sit and drain but they were fine after maybe 10 or 15. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2006
Delicious yummy and easy! I didn't have 30 min. to let the cucumbers sit and drain but they were fine after maybe 10 or 15. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/25/2006
this is good and easy. I added some plain yogurt in place of some sour cream and kosher salt is much better to use on the cucumbers--you want to get rid of liquid not make them salty. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/18/2005
I only made the cucumber salad and it was pretty good. I added celery seed instead of dill because it was what I had at the time. I also only added 4 tablespoons of sour cream left the seeds in and sliced my cucs chunky.:P Tasty. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2009
We made this for dinner last night. We are watching our calories but not wanting to miss out on flavor. We made it exactly as written it was full of flavor. The salad is light and refreshing. We will make this many more times. It is super! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/31/2008
Very flavorful. Loved the salad. I did add balsamic vinager to the salad which gave it a richer flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2007
Well I only made the cucumber salad to this recipe. I also made the salmon but I put it in the oven. I brushed olive oil on the filets added a little bit of dill and rosemary and pepper and salt to each of them (not much just a little of each) then squeezed lemon juice on them and put some thin lemon slices on top wrapped them in foil put them on a baking sheet and into the oven.:) The cucumber salad was good too but I did add some chopped seeded tomatoe pieces and it was yummy. I also just used regular vinegar since that is what I had. Both went very well together! Thanks for the idea;) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2010
The Cucumber Salad was a perfect compliment. I will definately make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2008
Absolutely delicious! I was worried that the salmon itself wasn't "dressed up" enough but the cucumbers were the perfect compliment and there was just enough sauce to add flavor but not take over. Really nice recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/26/2009
This was ok. The cucumber salad lacked alot of flavor but the salmon was good. Read More
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