Classic Cucumber Salad

ccsThe CSA box this week had a lot of cucumbers. Not a problem at all. We all love cucumbers.

We often just slice them and eat them plain, but I was in the mood for something my grandmother used to serve that I actually never liked. Go figure that one out. I wanted a good old fashioned cucumber salad with vinegar and onions. I don’t have any recipes for this that were handed down so I looked through my cookbooks and found a few that gave me a  rough idea of what I needed.

Classic Cucumber Salad
1 large cucumber, sliced as thin as you can manage
1/3 onion, sliced so you have some nice onion arcs
1/4 cup vinegar – I used Apple Cider
2 TBSP sugar
3 TBSP olive oil

  1. Mix the oil, vinegar, and sugar until combined. You can heat it if you want, to help the sugar dissolve, but it’s about 100 in Central Maryland today so heat of all kinds is discouraged.
  2. Toss the dressing over the cucumber and onion.
  3. Serve chilled.

As you might be able to tell from my photo, I gave in and bought a Vegetizer. The model I got has a blade that turns your veggies into one big long ribbon. So fancy! My Faithful Assistant and I had fun slicing this morning. All fingers were safe which they would not have been if I had used the mandolin. And we did resist the temptation to “ribbonize” all the cucumbers.

The salad was exactly as I wanted. It had a nice tang from the vinegar that was offset by the sugar. Perfect for this awful heat we are having.

Some of the recipes I saw also included tomatoes. That would be a nice addition, and probably will be for the swim banquet tomorrow night, since the cherry tomatoes are multiplying in my fridge!


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