Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Easy Peasy Summer Salad

It's a crime for me to NOT share with you an easy summer salad you can make for your family!

It all started when I perused the garden and pulled back a leaf and saw....

Oh my! I've been surprised 3 times with a hidden cucumber. I mean I know I have lots a little cukes on the vine....but they seem to explode overnight! It's too funny.

What is best about's my OWN organic that I don't have to overpay for! I don't even care if I don't wash it for I know 1,000 people didn't have their hands on it. No matter how much you wanna scrub those grocery cukes....the wax just doesn't come off. You hear me?

Easy Cucumber Salad

1 cucumber
1/2 sliced onion or 1/4 cup sliced green onion (whatever you have on hand)
1/2 cup vinegar (I think rice wine vinegar is the mildest)
2-4 Tbsp sugar (start with 2, taste, add until it's the sweet and sour balance you like)
Sprinkling of salt
Fresh cracked pepper

Just dump all your ingredients in a tightly seal able container. Shake. Put in fridge until ready to eat later for dinner or even tomorrow.

Every time you go to the fridge...Shake. Turn it upside down. Shake. The reason for this is that I've seen many people who make this and use a whole bottle of vinegar and it seems it more liquid than cucumbers.

It think less liquid and just shaking it ever so often is more practical. It's no different then when you are marinating your meats in the fridge and you move it around every so often.

So after I removed the cukes from the container for dinner to plate.....I reached in the fridge for another cucumber and sliced it up right back in to marinate for tomorrow. This time to mix it up, add some fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary for a different flavor.

I've been eating this simple salad since I was a kid. Now that I have my own cucumbers exploding, I couldn't NOT share this with you. So refreshingly sweet and tart. Deliciously cool to the tongue to balance out your hot barbecue from the grill. Try it!


The Food Librarian said...

Yum. I love cucumbers and they are so refreshing! Thanks for sharing!!!

Deseree said...

I love cucumber salad, not only are they delicious but they are so simple. I made one with a sweet Thai chili vinaigrette once for a little kick and it was delicious. This one looks just as yummy!