Jun 042012

I browse different websites when I have some time just for fun which makes my husband so happy as its much safer on his wallet when compared to letting me go on window shopping where I end up buying things that were not in my list. I browse to gaze at the food photographs that capture my eyes or learn the unique blend of ingredients in a recipe or awe at the method in which the recipe was made. As I was dazing at different recipes from different sites, this one really caught my eye for its uniqueness, ease of preparation and goodness of raw vegetable that would apparently qualify as a salad/appetizer. I know salads are supposed to be eaten with fork or spoon but there is no rule that salads can’t be a finger food to be eaten with a toothpick. Ultimately the purpose of salad is to start your meal with raw vegetables and what better way can be than to pick them with a tooth pick and enjoy them in a bite.

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The cucumber would have given a nice crunch if I hadn’t removed the skin, I accidentally removed the skin but the taste was totally unaltered. Also I changed the filling as per the ingredients available in my pantry. It was very well liked by my daughter as an after school snack.


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Cucumber — 1 (do not remove skin)

Crumbled Feta Cheese — 3 Tbsp

Thick Greek Yogurt — 4 Tbsp ( I might halve the amount of yogurt in the recipe the next time I try).

Lemon Juice — 1 Tbsp

Coriander Leaves — 2 Tbsp (Original recipe used dill or oregano)

Pesto Sauce — 2 Tbsp (Original recipe used sun dried tomatoes or roasted bell peppers with chopped kalamatta olives)


1. Using a mandoline slicer, make thin strips of cucumber about an inch to 2 inch thickness. If you don’t have a mandoline slicer, use a potato peeler or chips slicer to cut thin strips. Lay them to dry on a paper towel.

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2. In a bowl, mix feta cheese, yogurt, lemon juice, finely chopped coriander leaves, pesto sauce until creamy.

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3. Take a cucumber strip, add about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of cheese-yogurt mixture in the center of the strip. Roll them up and tuck it with a tooth pick. Serve immediately. Enjoy!!!

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  17 Responses to “Cucumber Pesto Rolls”

  1. Lovely!!!!!Looks very tempting…..

  2. Omg, wat an incredible rolls,seriously they looks absolutely mindblowing.

  3. Lovely Presentation jayanthi!!! Love the clicks!!!

  4. Looks very tempting…

  5. I too love to browse thro blogs with delicious pics..And these rolls look so nice and very innovative recipe…

  6. How interesting!..looks inviting..I am sure your hubby agrees this is much better than getting tempted from shopping..:)

  7. cant wait to try these…delicious

  8. looks great

  9. kind of like an English cucumber tea sandwich, without the bread..great!

  10. Thanks everyone, it’s totally so easy to make. Would love to hear back from you if you decide to try.

  11. Awesome..such a refreshing roll there! Never tried feta cheese but sounds interesting.

  12. Those rolls look very refreshing.

  13. Tahts afantastic an dvery refreshing salad jayanthi beautiful pic BTW what i can use in the place of feta cheese. I don’t think so that i get it in chennai.

  14. Thanks guys….loved reading your comments.
    Padma: I guess you can try paneer or tofu. I haven’t tried it before, just a suggestion.

  15. a feast not only for eyes but for the stomach

  16. I did make this Jayanthi they were impossible to resist. Thank for the innovative idea.

    I am hosting Kitchen Chronicles Theme Go Nuts…Do send me your entries

  17. Archana: Thank you, I’m glad that you liked it.

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