Monday, July 16, 2007

Foodie Monday-Cucumber Salad

Because I have been so neglectful and because Elena has made me make this three days in a row for her, I have a recipe to share.

We're fortunate enough to live in an area that has an abundance of fresh produce grown locally all summer and trust me, we take advantage of it. We also have some tomato plants this summer that have been good to us. All summer long we buy from local farmers and really get spoiled with the fresh vegetables like corn (Jersey corn is now out!), tomatoes, squash, zucchini, melons, blueberries and peaches. Elena has been on a cucumber salad tear and here is my recipe that I make, which she calls "Mom's Best Cucumber Salad Evah"

1-2 large cucumbers (I deseed mine-I use the Pampered Chef Corer) or some Kirby pickles, which ever is available
Handful of cherry or grape tomatoes
Garlic Powder
Dill Weed
Balsamic Vinegar
Olive Oil

Peel cucumbers and deseed, if desired. Slice thinly. Add halved tomatoes. Sprinkle a bit of garlic powder, pinch of dill week, 4 grinds of sea salt, some freshly ground black pepper and about 1/8 tsp of sugar.

Add 3-4 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon water and 1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar and mix well. Let sit in a covered bowl on counter for about 15 minutes and serve.

Some like thinly sliced onion added to this-since I don't like raw onions, I don't add it when making it for just us.


Pink said...

Yumm...that sounds so good but unfortunately cucumber doesn't like me and won't leave me alone after I've eaten it, if you get my I only eat it when I'm by myself :(

Mimi said...

I'm sure my teen son would love this salad, I make him a simpler one occasionally, cucumber, lettuce, tomato w/ lemon and olive oil...I hope I can get fresh produce the way you do - but no, I only get it from the supermarket and its not always good :p

Crochet Goddess said...

It sounds great. I will have to try it this weekend with some of the cucumbers from my garden. I hope you are having a great week.

April said...

Mmmmm I'm going to have to try this salad this weekend. I have a similar one that I make but it's with italian dressing (powdered and mixed at home) instead of the balsamic vinegar...I think your version would taste divine. Thanks for sharing!

Jewels said...

This is an old standby of what my mom used to make too. I love it now with the Balsamic vinegar and some mayo. Sometimes skip the mayo and add in a ton of feta and tomatoes and black kalamata olives,...yummmmmmm

Linda said...

This sounds delicious. I'm going to give it a try.

KnitXcorE said...

tasty! i still don't have any tomatoes..... guess it's my fault for picking a fancy heirloom plant :-(

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