1 huge cucumber (or 2 regular sized)
1 tablespoon butter
1 dash salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 pinch dried mint
Peel cucumber. Cut into quarters and remove seeds. Cut into 1 inch pieces. Melt butter in a pan and add cucumber. Cover and cook about 5 minutes on medium heat. Stir in salt, lemon, and mint. Cover and cook another 2 minutes. Enjoy eating heaven on a plate.
Brown Rice Tabouli
3 cups cooked and cooled brown rice
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp garlic, minced
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
2-3 tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and diced
1 cup parsley, finely chopped
½ cup scallions (including greens), chopped
8 oz feta, crumbled
Combine rice, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix thoroughly, cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours, if possible. Just before serving, mix in tomatoes, parsley, cucumbers, scallion and feta.
Chinese Cucumber Salad
3-4 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
Thinly sliced fresh white or red onion
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon ginger, finely chopped
Slice cucumbers and onions and put in shallow bowl. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over cucumbers. Mix thoroughly. Chill until you are ready to serve.
Crunchy Cucumbers with Onion and Fresh Cheese
serves 4 (or more with melon) (The Heart of the Plate; 2013)
The author, Mollie Katzen, highly recommends the addition of diced cantaloupe or watermelon (the same amount and size of the cucumbers) added when you toss in the cheese along with thin strips of mint or basil. I will back her up on this, the addition of watermelon and mint was excellent! I’ve replaced the red onion in the original recipe with scallions and enjoyed it with crumbled feta.
¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar
Up to 2 tsp. sugar (optional)
about 6 scallions, white and green parts, sliced
3 – 4 smaller cucumbers, cut into ½ inch chunks
1 cup or more crumbled or diced fresh cheese (Mexican queso fresco, ricotta salata, manouri, or feta)
1. Pour the vinegar in a medium bowl. Add the sugar, if using, and stir until it dissolves. Add the onion and cucumber and stir to coat as you go. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
2. Shortly before serving, gently toss in the cheese and melon or herbs if using. Season to taste with pepper and a little salt if needed.
Cucumber Feta Cheese Salad
4 small-medium cucumbers sliced 1⁄4” thick
8 oz. feta cheese, drained if necessary
1⁄2 cup mild onion, sliced
1⁄4 cup lemon juice
1⁄4 cup olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh parsley or mint for garnish (optional)
Put garlic, oil, vinegar, basil, salt, Parmesan, and pepper in a blender; process 2-3
seconds. With the blender still running, slowly add milk, processing until dressing is
thick and smooth. Pour over chard. Covered and refrigerated, this dress will keep one
week. Makes 1-1/2 cups.
serves 4 (foodandwine.com) This recipe received 5 stars out of 4,390 ratings!
- 1 lbs. cucumbers, thinly sliced crosswise on a mandolin or using a very sharp knife
- 1 ½ tsp sugar
- 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
- 2 ½ Tbsp red wine vinegar
- ½ small onion, thinly sliced
In a medium bowl, toss the cucumber slices with the sugar and salt and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the vinegar and onion and refrigerate for 10 minutes, the serve.
English cucumber, (about 1 pound) That’s the smooth skinned cucumber(s) in your bag!
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup sugar
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup ice cubes
Peel English cucumber; remove any seeds. Coarsely chop and combine in a blender with water, sugar, lime juice, coarse salt, and ice cubes; blend until smooth. Serve over ice, garnished with cucumber spears, if desired. Serves 4.
Cucumber Salad with Feta & Oregano
• 1 small shallot, minced (or use the equivalent of minced fresh onions)
• 2 tsp. red wine vinegar
• 6-8 small cucumbers
• Leaves from 2 sprigs oregano (or use the equivalent of dill from this week’s bag?)
• ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
• Course salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 1 ounce crumbled feta (about ¼ cup)
• Place shallot/onion and vinegar in a small bowl, and set it aside to macerate for a few minutes (this helps soften the shallots bite)
• Peel the cucumbers and cut them in ½ lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. Cut them crosswise into slices about ¼ inch thick (about 4 cups). Put the cucumber in a bowl and add the oregano leaves (or chopped dill), and toss.
• Whisk the oil into the red wine vinegar and shallots. Pour the dressing over the cucumbers, season with salt and pepper, and toss. Chill. Sprinkle with feta prior to serving. Serve this salad well chilled.
Cucumber Salad with Peanuts
•1-1/2 lbs. cucumber, peeled if desired, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
•2 tsp. kosher salt
•½ cup rice vinegar
•½ cup water
•3 tbsp. sugar
•¼ tsp. crushed red pepper
•2 tbsp. minced red onion
•1 tbsp. chopped dry-roasted peanuts
1- Place cucumber slices in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Toss well. Drain for 1 hour. Place cucumber slices on several layers of paper towels or on clean cloth towels, cover with additional towels. Let stand 5 minutes, pressing down occasionally. Rinse and pat dry.
2- Combine vinegar, water, sugar and pepper in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook until reduced to 1/3 cup (about 10 minutes). Remove vinegar reduction from heat and cool completely. Stir in onion.
3- Combine cucumbers and vinegar reduction in a medium bowl and toss well. Sprinkle with peanuts.
Cucumbers with Onions, Cilantro, & Lots of Herbs
serves 4 (adapted from Six Season; 2017)
1 lb. cucumbers
1 medium red onion
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
¼ cup plain whole-milk yogurt (not Greek)
1 small handful cilantro leaves
1 small handful basil leaves
1 small bunch chives, cut into 3-inch lengths
1 small cluster dill sprigs
Extra-virgin olive oil
Peel cucumbers if desired, trim stem ends, halve them lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. Cut into 1/8 inch slices and put in a large colander. Cut off the ends of the onion, halve it lengthwise, and cut into half-moon slices, add to the colander.
Salt the vegetables generously (about 2 tsp.), tossing and let everything sit for about 40 minutes. (This will soften the aggressive flavor of the onion and draw out the excess moisture from the cucumber.) Remove the onion and cucumber from the colander, blot dry with towels, then pile into a large bowl.
Add the vinegar and toss well, add yogurt and toss, add herbs and toss. Season with pepper. Taste and add more salt, vinegar or pepper as needed. Finish with a shot of olive oil and toss again.
Dilled Cabbage-And-Cucumber Slaw
1⁄2 head cabbage (1 1/2 lbs.) finely shredded (8 cups)
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4 – inch pieces (2 cups)
2/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped fresh dill
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Stir together cabbage, sour cream, mayo, lemon juice, and dill. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours. Stir in cucumbers. Adjust seasonings; serve.
Hot Day Cucumber Soup
4 cups cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 cups plain yogurt (or buttermilk, kefir, or a combo)
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 T honey
½ t salt
Several fresh mint leaves
1 T fresh dill leaves, or ½ t. dried dill weed
Puree everything together in a blender or food processor. Chill.
Serve cold. May garnish with fresh chopped scallions or chives.
Marinated Greek Cucumber Salad
serves 6 (msmarket.com)
- 1 lb. cucumbers, washed and sliced into thin rounds
- ¼ cup red onion, diced
- 1 tomato, cut into wedges or any preferred size and tomato type
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp. fresh dill, minced
- 4 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 ½ Tbsp. honey
- 1 ½ Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. salt & pepper to taste
1. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, dill, lemon juice, honey and olive oil.
2. In a large mixing bowl, gently toss the sliced cucumbers, tomato, and red onion with the dressing.
3. Season the salad with salt and pepper, and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or more.
4. Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese when ready to serve.
Midsummer Green Bean (& Cucumber) Salad
serves 6 (harmonyvalleyfarm.com)
- ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp. Kosher salt
- 2 lbs. green beans, tipped and tailed
- 1 lbs. sliced cucumber or sliced and sautéed summer squash
- ½ cup fresh onions, thinly sliced
- ½ cup olive oil
- Generous amounts of freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh dill
- ½ lemon
1. Bring 3 quarts water plus the ¼ cup salt to a rolling boil in a large pot. Add the beans. Return water to a boil and boil for 5 minutes. While the beans cook, prepare a very cold ice water bath in a large bowl. Drain the beans and plunge into ice water. Stir and toss.
2. While the beans are chilling, combine the cucumbers with remaining 2 Tbsp. salt and sliced onions in a bowl. Toss and allow to sit for 20 minutes.
3. Drain the beans and add to the cucumber mixture. Add the olive oil and pepper and toss to coat evenly. Allow to sit until ready to serve, or up to 1 hour.
4. Before serving toss in the dill and squeeze lemon over the top.
Quinoa and Grilled Sourdough Salad
from “Plenty” by Yotam Ottolenghi 1/4 cup quinoa
- 4 slices of sourdough bread
- 1/3 cup olive oil + extra for bread
- 4 ripe medium tomatoes
- 3 small cucumbers, unpeeled
- 1/2 small red onion
- 4 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1 1/2 tbsp chopped mint
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 3/4 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the quinoa in a pot of boiling water and cook until tender, between 9 and 11 minutes. Drain in a fine sieve, rinse under cold water and leave to dry.
Brush the bread with oil and sprinkle with salt. Place on a baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes on each side, or until completely dry and crisp. Let cool and break into bitesize pieces.
Dice the tomatoes and cucumber. Finely slice the onion. Place in a mixing bowl and combine with all other ingredients, including quinoa and bread. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Slightly Sweet Dill Refrigerator Pickles
1 small sweet onion (such as Vidalia or Maui), thinly sliced
2 pounds medium pickling cucumbers, scrubbed, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
1 large bunch dill, coarsely chopped (stems included)
1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds
2 teaspoons whole white peppercorns
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons coarse kosher salt
2 teaspoons dill seeds
Divide sliced onion between two 1-quart wide-mouth glass jars. Pack cucumber slices horizontally in jars. Top each jar with dill.
Using mortar and pestle or resealable plastic bag and mallet, crush mustard seeds and peppercorns together. Place crushed spices in medium saucepan. Add vinegar, 1 cup water, sugar, coarse salt, and dill seeds. Bring mixture to boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
Ladle mixture evenly over cucumbers. Leave jars uncovered and chill 24 hours. Cover glass pickle jars tightly with lids. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 week ahead. Keep refrigerated. Yield: Makes 2 quarts
Spicy Quinoa, Cucumber and Tomato Salad
1 cup quinoa
3 cups water
Salt to taste
2 cups diced cucumber
1 small red onion, finely minced (optional)
2 cups finely diced tomatoes
1 to 2 jalapeño or serrano peppers (to taste), seeded if desired and finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped cilantro, plus several sprigs for garnish
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 avocado, sliced, for garnish
1. Place the quinoa in a bowl, and cover with cold water. Let sit for five minutes. Drain through a strainer, and rinse until the water runs clear. Bring the 3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add salt (1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon) and the quinoa. Bring back to a boil, and reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and translucent; each grain should have a little thread. Drain off the water in the pan through a strainer, and return the quinoa to the pan. Cover the pan with a clean dishtowel, replace the lid and allow to sit for 10 minutes. If making for the freezer, uncover and allow to cool, then place in plastic bags. Flatten the bags and seal.
2. Meanwhile, place the finely diced cucumber in a colander, and sprinkle with salt. Toss and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Rinse the cucumber with cold water, and drain on paper towels. If using the onion, place in a bowl and cover with cold water. Let sit for five minutes, then drain, rinse with cold water and drain on paper towels.
3. Combine the tomatoes, chiles, cilantro, vinegar, lime juice and olive oil in a bowl. Add the cucumber and onion, season to taste with salt, and add the quinoa and cilantro. Toss together, and taste and adjust seasonings. Serve garnished with sliced avocado and cilantro sprigs. Serves 6.
Spicy Dill Quick Pickles
1. 12 oz vegetables
2. 3 tablespoons kosher salt
3. 2 tablespoons sugar
4. 1 1/4 cups distilled white vinegar (5 percent acidity)
5. 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
6. 6 large garlic cloves, halved
7. 4 to 6 long red or green hot chiles, halved lengthwise
8. 16 dill sprigs
1. Pack vegetables into 2 clean 1-quart glass jars. In another jar, combine the salt, sugar, vinegar, coriander and garlic. Shake until the salt and sugar dissolve. Add 2 cups of water and pour the brine over the vegetables. Tuck the chiles and dill between the vegetables. Add enough water to keep the vegetables submerged. Close the jars and refrigerate overnight or for up to 1 month.
Here is the link–
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/spicy-dill-quick-pickles which includes some instructions on how to prep various vegetables including blanching beans and carrots for 2 minutes.
Spicy Refrigerator Pickles
The quick pickles are super easy. The base recipe is 1 cup each of sugar, vinegar, and water, plus 1 TB of salt. Then, I add some sliced up garlic (one or two cloves), ginger (a thumb size knob, peeled), and some red pepper flakes or other spices I find in the cupboard (Szechuan peppercorns? Why not?). I am sure a sliced up jalapeno would not go amiss either. Then give it a good stir, add thinly sliced cucumbers and let them marinate for at least 20 minutes. It usually takes me close to a week to get through the entire batch, so I’d say they are good at least that long.
That amount of pickling solution was plenty for the 4 cucumbers I put in it last week. The bigger constraint was the size of my container.
2 large or 3 medium cucumbers, washed.
Score skin by putting the tines of a sharp fork down the full length all around the cucumbers
Slice very thin
Put in a bowl and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons salt and 6 tablespoons sugar
Add 2/3 cup white or cider vinegar
With wooden spoon, press slices until all cucumbers become quite juicy
Refrigerate. These will keep up to a couple of weeks.
Spicy Pickled Cucumbers – serves 4 (The Spring Hill Farm Community Cookbook; 2011). Author’s note: It’s a great idea to keep a batch of fresh pickles in your fridge all season long. Pull them out to add variety and spice to just about any meal. To make them even more spicy, Pam Werley adds a couple dashes of hot sauce.
- 1-2 cucumbers
- ½ cup rice vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- 1-2 fresh red chilis, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp. salt
- Cut the cucumbers in-half lengthwise and then thinly slice each half on the diagonal. In a bowl, combine cucumbers and salt and let stand for 10 minutes. Rinse, drain, and pat dry and put in a medium bowl.
- Combine the vinegar, soy, sugar, and chilis in a small bowl, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the vinegar mixture to the cucumbers.
- Cover and set aside for about 1 hour. Serve.
Spicy Refrigerator Pickles
The quick pickles are super easy. The base recipe is 1 cup each of sugar, vinegar, and water, plus 1 TB of salt.
Then, I add some sliced up garlic (one or two cloves), ginger (a thumb size knob, peeled), and some red pepper flakes or other spices I find in the cupboard (Szechuan peppercorns? Why not?). I am sure a sliced up jalapeno would not go amiss either.
Then give it a good stir, add thinly sliced cucumbers and let them marinate for at least 20 minutes. It usually takes me close to a week to get through the entire batch, so I’d say they are good at least that long.
That amount of pickling solution was plenty for the 4 cucumbers I put in it last week. The bigger constraint was the size of my container.
1 medium cucumber, chopped 8 ounces yogurt
2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint or ¼ teaspoon dried
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Combine ingredients, chill, and serve. Makes 2-3 servings.