My mom adventures in Fort Collins

Use it up: Cucumber Salad
August 15, 2012, 11:50 pm
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If you have a garden, there’s a chance you have too much of something. Don’t get me wrong, around here we love all God’s creation–the worms, the pillbugs (especially those pillbugs, or rolypolys as my kids call them), the tomatoes, the zinnias, the dry spots in our lawn… well, maybe not the dry spots in our lawn. But sometimes too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing–and we’re trying to avoid that.

In any case, cucumber salad is a great way to use up your delectable (albeit prolific) cucumbers. It’s a tangy salad with a vinegar-based dressing.

Ingredients: Cucumbers, onion (I used red), white vinegar, sugar, water, salt, pepper and fresh dill (optional)

Begin with ridding your cucumbers of some of their skin–draw long ribbons off the cucumber, and then scrape the cucumber with the tines of a fork

Slice the cukes into thin slices

The measurements for my recipe, much like everything I cook, can be easily manipulated. Start with 2 cups of sliced cucumbers, and about 1/8 cup diced red onion.

To make the dressing: White vinegar (1/2 cup), Sugar (4-5 Tablespoons), Water (1/2 cup), Salt (to taste, I used about 1/2 teaspoon) and ground pepper (to taste). Shake the ingredients in a jar with a tight lid. When the sugar is dissolved, dress the cucumbers and onion.

This salad works very well if you have a chance to mix everything up and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (but up to 3 hours).

Serve it in bowls–I think it’s a refreshing accompaniment to many dishes, especially the grilled meats we serve all summer long!

Now, go forth and enjoy that delicious taste of summer.


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Another yummy summery recipe to try – thanks so much for sharing…

grace, peace & cucumber groupies – Virginia : )

Comment by Virginia

You know, in retrospect, I think I used less salt. Maybe like 1/2 teaspoon. I think I’ll change it! (Ah, the awkward part about having no recipe…) Thanks, as always, for commenting!

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