Creamy Cucumber Salad

Sour Cream Marries Cider Vinegar in a Simple Ceremony

As I live and die for variety, this cucumber salad of crunchy, creamy, chilly, sourness reigns. Best served in the heat of summer, my mom whipped it up out of seeming nothing. It’s a great yin to the yang of grilled foods. Think of it as a cucumber slaw.

This could easily be one of your top ten salads. With only a few staples, each adds a perfect balance with only minutes of prep time.

Cucumbers are year round fair that usually get short shrift as only a part of a tossed salad. Make it a star, bath it in sour cream and vinegar. Easy-Peasy!

CREAMY CUCUMBER SALAD

Ingredients: Serves 4 as a side salad

simple ingredients for cucumber salad

cucumbers 4 small (about 3 cups), thinly sliced rounds
sour cream 1/2 cup
cider vinegar 1 TBS. or more to taste
scallions or chives 2 TBS. minced
salt 1/4 tsp.
pepper 1/8 tsp.

Optional garnish 2 TBS. dill or parsley, minced

INSTRUCTIONS:

You have a chance to fancy up your cukes. Use a vegetable peeler and remove alternating strips of peel. Additionally, if the peel is thin you can keep it on; if thick peel most of it off. Fat, seedy, cukes can have their seeds removed by quartering lengthwise and then slice away the seed pouch, then slice into thin chips.

When I don’t pick my own vine ripened ones, I also love hydroponic cukes aka: Persian, mini-English, or seedless that usually come in a six-pack tray.

For a crunchier cucumber salad:

Before adding the dressing place the cucumber chips in a colander or sieve and sprinkle with 1 tsp. salt. Mix and allow to drain for 30 minutes. Rinse in water and shake off excess water.

preparing cucumbers for salad

Combine sour cream, vinegar, scallions, salt and pepper and herb, if using. Toss with the cucumbers and refrigerate. Flavors will improve over a couple hours.

Combine sour cream, vinegar, scallions, salt and pepper and herbs
Combine sour cream, vinegar, scallions, salt and pepper and herbs

SERVE: Sprinkle on a little paprika for a dash of color.

MASTERY EN PLACE: Vegetable Peelers – Art and Function

I actually have three vegetable peelers to use for different purposes.

The basic peeler gets the job done on everyday produce.
I love serrated peelers! They are extra sharp with a wavy edged blade to better peel ripe peaches, tomatoes and other soft-skinned produce.
The julienne peeler, both peels and segments produce into thin match stick pieces in the same swipe! This is nice for making slaws, “zucchini noodles,” and fancy cut veggies.

IN•CITE

I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received. – Antonio Porchia

© Bill Hettig, billhettig@mac.com

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