Recipe: Cucumber Apple Salad with Artichoke & Asiago Dressing
This post is sponsored by Summer Fresh.
I love entertaining at home, but in the summertime I get lazy. Super lazy. When the weather is nice here in St. John’s (which is seldom), the absolute last thing I want to do is cook for a bunch of people when they come over for a BBQ. Who doesn’t want to be sitting in the backyard with a chilled glass of rose, gabbing with friends? Luckily, this Cucumber Apple Salad with Artichoke & Asiago dressing takes less than 10 minutes to whip up, and you don’t have to go near the stove or oven (you’re welcome to the rest of Canada who actually deal with hot kitchens in the summer).
Let’s be real here, the Summer Fresh Artichoke & Asiago dip is freaking delicious. Whatever vessel I use to eat it — be it pita or nacho — more often or not it’s lost in a sea of delicious dip dripping down my hands as I stuff my face. It’s one of Canada’s favourite Summer Fresh products and it’s been kicking it in my fridge for years. Last week, I thought to myself — how good would this be as a dressing? Chopped cucumber, apple and almonds smothered in this creamy cheesy dip is basically the best idea I’ve ever had.
There are only four ingredients, but this rich creamy side salad is the perfect pairing for any BBQ with friends and family, especially with the long weekend coming up. The garlic notes in the Artichoke & Asiago dip-posing-as-dressing match well with kebabs or any BBQ meat from burgers to sausages. And don’t forget that chilled glass of rose, okay?
For more ideas and recipes for easy-breezy summer entertaining, check out the Summer Fresh’s Perfect Pairings Guide.
Cucumber Apple Salad with Artichoke & Asiago Dressing
- 1 cucumber
- 2 apples I like Gala apples best
- 1 227 g Summer Fresh Artichoke and Asiago Dip
- 1/2 cup almonds + some to garnish
Chop cucumber and apples into in 1-inch cubes
Combine in a large mixing bowl with 1/2 cup of almonds
Stir in full 227g container of Summer Fresh Artichoke & Asiago Dip
Serve with your favourite BBQ fair!
THANK YOU TO SUMMER FRESH WHO SPONSORED THIS RECIPE POST. BOTH DIPS AND COMPENSATION WERE PROVIDED TO THE FOOD GIRL IN TOWN IN EXCHANGE FOR THIS POST. AS ALWAYS, ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE MY OWN.
8 thoughts on “Recipe: Cucumber Apple Salad with Artichoke & Asiago Dressing”
This is an interesting combination that I am going to have to give a try! I never would have thought to put those ingredients together.
Thanks Kim! It just came to me one day lol I was thinking how much I liked apple and almonds in chicken salad sandwiches and it just went from there!
So simiple, yet so full of flavour. Love the contrasts in texture and flavour in this salad. Wishing you lots of summer sunshine!
Thanks, hopefully Newfoundland will get lots of sunshine this summer 🙂
Oh goodness. I’m a sucker for anything creamy, and in he summer, COOL and creamy! This looks and sounds delicious; I’d be all over it.
Much like you, I love entertaining at home — I just need to practice the “lazy” route. I have a bad habit of wearing myself out because I want to do so many things and everything has to be perfect. But it’s clearly unnecessary!
It’s definitely hard to find the balance when entertaining Dana! I love to entertain, but then would wear myself out by the time I got to the dinner table and not be able to enjoy my food or friends! I’m trying to make things easier 🙂
We love this dip at my house, too. Thanks for this new way to use it! This salad looks so delicious and fresh. Can’t wait to try it. 🙂
Thanks Colleen, enjoy the salad 🙂