Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cucumber Goat Cheese Dip With Radishes and Scallions

Now that spring is almost here and green is taking over the week... I thought I would share a simple fresh and easy cheese dip. Easy and fast and fit to eat with crackers or dip veggies.
Plus you get to make cucumber is fun to make and adds great flavor to the dip.
If you have extra cucumber water it can be used to add to a citrus mint drink or even to spice up a martini...just in case you have had enough green beer. 
 The combination of radishes, cucumber, and mint pair well with the tangy goat cheese.
I forgot to take a picture of the dip with all the lovely veggies. We had good friends over, and I got side tracked with great conversation and watching the little kids giggles. Lets just say the dip was a hit and just the right thing to share to celebrate  the beginning of spring.

Cucumber Goat Cheese Dip with Radishes and Scallions
From The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century

This cookbook is just a food blogger's dream come true. So many great ideas to try from recipes that were previously in the the New York Times. Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs also have a great food blog website It is a great community that has a ton of information about food and drink. You also can ask real time questions about anything food related and someone will answer your post. I found out a dozen ways to use chickpea flour....alas still have not used it, but maybe soon.

This dip can also be used as a salad dressing you would just need to use more of the tasty cucumber juice to thin it out. It would pair well with romaine lettuce.

2 large Cucumbers, peeled, plus 1 medium cucumber peeled and halved lengthwise, seeded and cut into a small dice
6 oz goat cheese (room temp)
8 radishes, trimmed and cute into a small dice
2 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon chopped mint
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Raw veggies or crackers for dipping

Coarsely chop two large cucumbers and puree in the food processor. Skim off the foam and then strain through a fine mesh strainer.

Place goat cheese in a medium bowl, whisk in about 1/4 cup of the cucumber juice. Stir in the remaining diced cucumber. Add the radishes, scallions, and mint. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until cold.

Enjoy and smile!


  1. So happy that spring is in the air. Great tip about the cucumber water. I like to use it to flavor a gin and tonic.

  2. This does look like a fresh and easy dip, perfect for the spring veggies that I hope will soon be appearing. I'm certainly ready for them! :)

  3. this dip looks great! Thanks for the comment on my blog.