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Cool as a Cucumber-A Refreshing Summer Salad

July 18, 2012

Cucumbers are arguably our family’s favorite vegetable.  We love them pickled, chopped in salads, in Tzatziki sauce, sliced on a relish tray, or in a cucumber sandwich.  Their cool, refreshing, and mild taste makes cucumbers a great candidate for a summer salad.

Dijon mustard, some herbs, and the mildly tart rice wine vinegar make this salad especially refreshing when served cold on a hot summer day.

Dijon Cucumber Salad

2 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin

1 clove garlic, chopped fine

1 small shallot, chopped fine

1 T. basil, chopped fine

1 T. oregano, chopped fine

1 T. dill, chopped fine

2 T. Dijon mustard

½ C. rice wine vinegar

In a mixing bowl, whisk the vinegar and Dijon together.  Add in the herbs, garlic, and shallots and whisk.  Taste and add a little salt if needed.  Pour over cucumbers and chill for at least an hour before service

 

Remember about my Grammy West? (Check out our “about” page).  When you’re in a hurry or don’t have a shallot around use this Grammy’ed version of the salad.

Grammy’ed Dijon Cumber Salad

2 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1 T. dried Italian seasoning

2 T. Dijon mustard

½ C. rice wine vinegar

In a mixing bowl, whisk the vinegar and Dijon together.  Add in the seasonings and whisk.  Taste and add a little salt if needed.  Pour over cucumbers and chill for at least an hour before service.

 

We would love to hear about your favorite summer salads.  Please post a comment below.

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