Fresh Salad w/ cucumber, raw zucchini, dried tomato, sunflower seeds

Fresh Salad with cucumber, raw zucchini, sundried tomato, sunflower and poppy seeds

Studying and exams period! Healthy and regular meals, plenty of fluids and good sleep at night are requited to succeed in passing this year's race again. So, the other day while I was brainstorming what I should I make for my afternoon snack, I decided that I wanted something something refreshing and crunchy. The cucumber is always a number one choice for that, so I had to include it in the following salad, which passed the test of coolness and crunchiness successfully. And the secret was in how thinly I cut the vegetable strips. An ode to the freshness this it!

Fresh Salad with cucumber, raw zucchini, sundried tomato, sunflower and poppy seeds
Fresh Salad with cucumber, raw zucchini, sundried tomato, sunflower and poppy seeds
Fresh Salad with cucumber, raw zucchini, sundried tomato, sunflower and poppy seeds

Fresh Salad with cucumber, raw zucchini, sundried tomato, sunflower and poppy seeds

(makes for 2)

Ingredients:

:: 1 medium cucumber

:: 4-5 small raw zucchinis

:: 2-3 sundried tomatoes

:: 1 scallion

:: 1 handful of sunflower seeds

:: 1 pinch poppy seeds

:: 1 small bunch of dill

:: 1 lemon

:: virgin olive oil

:: salt, freshly ground pepper

Procedure:

With a potato peeler, peel the zucchinis and the cucumber. Then with it cut zucchini in slices and put them in a bowl with the squeezed lemon over them.

In another bowl put some hot water, add the sun-dried tomatoes and let them soak to swell. With the peeler cut the cucumber into long strips, so the pieces are extra thin (and crispy).

Finally, in a plate add the sliced cucumber and zucchini (squeeze the excess bit of lemon juice), the finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes and scallion.

End with olive oil, sunflower and poppy seeds, salt and freshly ground pepper, mix well and enjoy!

Fresh Salad with cucumber, raw zucchini, sundried tomato, sunflower and poppy seeds

A super easy and refreshing salad, exactly what you need these hot months. Bon appetit!

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

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She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

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