Fabienne’s Cucumber Salad


  • 2 cucumbers – peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 pinch salt, or as needed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup crushed pistachios, or to taste
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat Greek-style yogurt, or to taste
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 small tomatoes, quartered


Place cucumbers in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Set aside until water is drawn out of cucumbers, about 30 minutes.

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Pat cucumbers dry to remove excess salt. Mix cucumbers, onion, pistachios, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a bowl; stir in yogurt.

Garnish a serving bowl with lettuce leaves; pour cucumber mixture into middle of the bowl. Surround cucumber mixture with tomatoes. Refrigerate for flavors to blend, at least 30 minutes.