Creamy Cucumber Salad

Sour Cream – Cukes – Vinegar Wed in a Simple Ceremony

Creamy Cucumber Has Cold Crunch

My mom seemed to whip this salad up out of thin air. It’s a great yin to the yang of grilled foods. 

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

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

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Note: I used a serrated peeler and made alternating strips before using a mandolin slicer

INGREDIENTS: Serves 4 as a side salad

  • salt – 1/2 tsp
  • 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 [or shallots]
  • pepper – 1/8 tsp

Optional Garnish: Fresh dill or parsley and a dusting of paprika

INSTRUCTIONS: The secret to crunchy cucumbers is to slice and lightly salt for 30 minutes

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.

I also love hydroponic cukes aka: Persian, mini-English, or seedless that usually come in a six-pack tray.

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  1. Place the cucumber chips in a colander or sieve and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt. Mix and allow to drain for 30 minutes. Squeeze out most of the moisture. Do not rinse and lightly towel dry
  2. Combine sour cream, vinegar, scallions, salt and pepper and herb, if using.
  3. Toss with the cucumbers and refrigerate. Flavors will improve over a couple hours.

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

Greek Cucumber Version: Tzatziki

Tzatziki is a perfect condiment for Souvlaki, Greek Grilled Marinated Chicken

This is a classic creamy, garlic salad and/or topping for grilled, marinated meats.

INGREDIENTS:

  • salt – 1/2 tsp
  • cucumbers – 4 small, (about 3 cups), grated [large hole grating]
  • sour cream – 1/2 cup or more to taste
  • red wine vinegar – 2 tsp or to taste
  • garlic – 2 cloves, pureed using a pinch of salt
  • olive oil – 2 TBS
  • parsley, dill, oregano, thyme, or chives for garnish

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.

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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

Recipe by B. Hettig, northernboy@mac.com

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