Spring is Sprung – Benedictine Spread

I don’t have a clue how this got the name.  I just know it is good – either as a sandwich spread or as a dip.  Pale green, vibrant with veggie flavor, just plain ol’ yum food.  I was introduced to this years ago by another Southern girl (from Kentucky).  Yeah, it can be a prissy girly shower type food, but…..from this non-prissy, logical, sci fi girl, it is also good for any occasion and any reason.

it is perfect for spring and hot summer – cukes, onion, cream cheese – oh my!  I like to make open faced sammiches with this spread on a nice hearty whole grain bread and topped with alfalfa sprouts or a bit of shredded lettuce.  it also is an excellent thing to stuff into hollowed out cherry tomatoes.

Try it.  You’ll like it.  If your onion is a bit strong, rinse thin slices or soak a few minutes in cold water. Or use chives. If you don’t have a food processor (I don’t and am a bit of a snob about my knife work), just finely mince the veggies. Use a hand mixer to put the ingredients together.

•1 large cucumber
•8 ounces cream cheese, softened
•2 tablespoons grated onion
•1/4 tsp salt
•1 tablespoon mayonnaise
•dash green food coloring (optional)

Pare, grate, and drain cucumber. Combine with remaining ingredients in food processor.   Serve as is or as a sandwich or canape spread. Thin with sour cream to make a dip for vegetables.  Use low fat cream cheese and mayo to make it healthier.


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. SirenaTales
    Mar 21, 2014 @ 17:28:42

    Looks delish–thanks!


  2. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Mar 21, 2014 @ 20:27:19

    First thing I thought of was Tzatziki but of course this is not. Will make this as soon as we see some sun and warmer temperatures. Sounds Yum. 🙂


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 21, 2014 @ 20:38:33

      It is. just be sure to let the cukes drain and give them a good squeeze to get out the excess water. It really is good and refreshing. and it is pretty if you put a drop or two of the green coloring in it. Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2014 00:27:20 +0000 To: thspencer51@hotmail.com


  3. huntmode
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 19:35:07

    It sounds like it would also be good on those small sliced loves of dark rye. I shall keep this front and center as the sun graces us more often.


  4. kanzensakura
    Mar 25, 2015 @ 21:10:06

    Reblogged this on kanzen sakura and commented:

    Perfect for spring and hot summer: a lovely green and full of the flavors of fresh veggies. Not vegan but vegetarian – this is a perfect dip or spread and is an excellent thing to keep I your fridge for all occasions.


  5. Prajakta
    Mar 26, 2015 @ 00:04:56

    Looks tempting… Thanks for sharing…


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