Cucumber Salads – Several Recipes

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Cucumber Salads

INGREDIENTS

  • Cucumber
  • Other ingredients vary between recipes

HINTS

  • Use a mandolin to get nearly paper thin slices of cucumber
  • When thin the green skin is very edible, and gives a nice crunch
  • If you don’t like the skin, use a zester to artfully remove much of the skin
  • You can get a fancy crinkle cutter or lemon zester at Amazon.  I use mine often for many other dishes

Cucumber and Krab Salad

  • Slice English Cucumber very thin
  • Toss with 1/2 tsp salt.  Let rest 5 minutes
  • Toss with Imitation Krab (use name brand only)
    Krab is usually made with treated pollock, cod or halibut
    It is, however, marinated in crab stock, so avoid if allergic to shellfish
  • Toss with 2 TBL mayonnaise or salad dressing plus 1/4 tsp black pepper

Cucumber and Tomato Salad

  • Whisk together the dressing
    – 1 TBL red wine vinegar
    – 1/2 tsp chopped fresh oregano
    – 1 TBL EVOO ( emulsifying the oil )
  • Combine in a large mixing bowl
    – 1 Kirby or English cucumber
    – 1/4 C thinly sliced red onion
    – 1/3 C grape tomatoes – halved
    – 1 TBL fresh parsley leaves – chopped
    – 1/2 tsp fresh dill
  • Gently combine with dressing
  • Top with just a bit of fresh cracked pepper
  • Garnish with mint leaves and feta cheese

Great Grandma Andrews’ Cucumber and Onions

This is the recipe that my mother made for me when I was young. She used to make me my own jar from which I could snack any time of the day or night.

  • 1 medium to large cucumber – English cucumber if available
    – Peel using a julienne stripper or potato peeler – Leave some of the green
    – Halve the cucumber and use the edge of a spoon to deseed
    – Cut into spears, then into 1/2 inch chunks.  To make it pretty, you can use a crinkle cutter
  • 1 large sweet onion – Halved and slivered and soaked in ice water for 5 minutes
  • Toss cucumber and onion with 2 tsp salt
  • Let rest in a plated colander for 30-60 minutes – Liquid will drain from veggies
    GREAT GRANDMA’S MARINATE
  • Combine
    – 1/2 C Apple Cider Vinegar
    – 1 TBL sugar or honey
    – 1 tsp salt
    – 1/2 C boiling hot water
  • Pour hot liquid over top of the cukes
  • Top, if necessary, with water so that liquid completely covers mixture.
    GRANDPA’S MEDITERRANEAN TWIST
  • Add 1/2 tsp Grandpa's Thunder Powder, Arghh Powder, or other., 1/3 C sour cream, 1/4 C chopped mint
  • Toss together and plate as an appetizer topped with a mint leaf

Small Dressed Cucumber

This is similar to the above recipe, made by my mother, but this one was from The Church Ladies at Phoenix First Church

  • Score your cucumber before slicing thin
  • Half of a small sweet onion – sliced thin
  • 1/4 C cider vinegar
  • 1 TBL honey
  • 2 TBL chopped parsley
  • 1/2 chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt dissolved in 1/4 C hot water
  • 1/8 tsp cracked black pepper
  • Marinate in refrigerator for at least 8 hours

Cucumber Carrot Salad

  • 1 medium to large cucumber – Halved and seeds removed, then sliced thin
  • 1 large sweet onion – Halved and sliced very thin
  • 1/2 carrot – Julienne strips
  • 2 radishes – Sliced thin
  • Combine
    – Apple Cider to almost cover mixture
    – 3 TBS Dill
    – 1 TBS brown sugar
    – 1 tsp Worcestershire
  • Shake to combine and coat
  • Let marinate at least overnight
  • Serve cold

Daikon Cucumber Salad

  • Slice cucumber thin on a mandolin
  • Julienne strips of carrot
  • Mandolin Daikon Radish very thin
  • Toss with marinate ( below )
  • Let rest for one hour
  • Toss with pieces of green onion (green and white)
    Cut on the bias in about 1/4 inch pieces

Marinate for Daikon Cuke Salad

  • 3/4 C rice wine
  • 1 tsp minced Ginger
  • 1 tsp minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Sambal olek
  • 1 tsp Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Fish sauce

Cucumber and Jicama Salad

  • Combine in a large mixing bowl
    – Juice and zest from one lime
    – 1 hand of cilantro – chopped
    – 2 TBL Rice Vinegar
    – 1 TBL honey
    – 1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
    – 1/2 tsp salt
    – 1 TBL EVOO
    – 2 scallions – Cut on the bias in 1/4 inch pieces
  • Toss with
    – Cucumber cut into 2 inch pieces, and then cut into strips
    – 1/2 as much jicama, also cut into strips of the same length and thickness
  • Optional
    – Add 1/8 C smashed peanuts
    – Add 1/2 C shredded chicken

Pickled Cucumbers

  • Peel cukes and slice thin
  • Halve cukes and remove seeds
  • Add in large canning jar
    – 2 TBL castor sugar
    – 2 TBL rice wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional
    – 1/2 tsp black sesame seeds

Marinated Cucumbers: VIDEO

Here is a cooking class that I took while on board the Holland America.

Marinated Cucumbers: VIDEO

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