Monday, July 26, 2010
So with the copious amounts of cucumbers I have, right now I have two favorite recipes to use them. So today you get a two-fer! Try one or both! I think you'll like 'em!
Recipe 1 - Basic Tomato Cucumber Salad - a spin on one of my favorite Caprese Salads.
2 sticks of string cheese
2 Tbsp You Favorite Italian Dressing
Peel & slice cucumber. Dice Tomato. Dice String Cheese. Combine all in bowl and toss with your dressing. Eat immediately! How Easy is that?
Recipe 2 - Twisted Sister's Creamy Cucumber Salad - Made Dawn's way :)
2 medium cucumbers
1 Tbsp onion flakes
2 large tomatoes
1/2 green pepper (optional)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. white vinegar
4 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes
1 tsp. dried dill
1 tsp. seasoned salt - more to taste if desired
Peel, halve and slice cucumbers into 1/2" slices. (Important not to go thinner because cucumbers will then get soggy in dressing.)
Wash and quarter tomatoes. Take out the seeds and rough dice the tomato meat.
Add onion flakes. (If desired, you can use 1 medium red onion roughly diced)
Thinly slice 1/2 green pepper. Cut slices into 1" strips.
Combine all veggies into bowl and give a good toss to mix well.
Dressing: Combine mayo, vinegar, sugar, parsley, dill and season salt in separate bowl. Mix well. Pour over vegetables and give a good toss to thoroughly coat all of the vegetables. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours stirring at least once to re-distribute the dressing. When you first put dressing in, it seems dry... don't worry. It quickly starts mixing with the natural juices of the vegetables.
You'll love this recipe! I have a hard time actually putting it in the fridge for 2 hours. I personally like the freshness of the veggies about 10 minutes after I make it... but maybe that's part of my "red-headed-ness!" :)
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Enjoy your cucumbers and I hope your gardens are growing plentifully!