Cucumber Spread


2 large cucumbers, chopped
1 pkg. 8 oz. (240g) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup cottage cheese
2 tbsp fresh dill (or 1 tbsp dried)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1 tablespoon chopped red pepper
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 cherry tomatoes; seeded and chopped
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • Thinly slice 1 medium cucumber (do not peel) and arrange in bottom of oiled medium ring mold with hole in the middle and set aside.
  • Peel, seed and chop cucumbers.
  • In a food processor or mixer, combine cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, salt and pepper until smooth.
  • Stir in chopped vegetables and carefully pour into prepared mold. Chill until firm (about 3 hours).
  • Unmold onto serving platter and garnish with lettuce leafs and cherry tomatoes.
  • Serve with crackers around.

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