Summer is almost here. You’d think it was already here with the current hot weather. This has prompted me to look for cool and refreshing recipes. So I went to my well-worn file-folder for some ideas. This marinated cucumber salad is the recipe I pulled out. It was perfect.
This basic salad is so simple, one we used when our family garden had provided us with more cucumbers than we could use. Our bounty found it’s way into every conceivable dish. We would add them to green salads or we’d make homemade pickles. Whatever the form or use, I always loved the cool crisp taste of fresh cucumbers.
Our marinated cucumber salad recipe has been handed down in our family for many years. I know there are many variations; this is the recipe we always used with great success.
Marinated Cucumber Salad
- 2 cups Water
- 1/2 cup Vinegar
- 1 large cucumber sliced thinly
- 1 small onion thinly sliced and separated into rings
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons toasted Sesame seeds
Combine the water, vinegar, sugar, sesame seeds and salt. Stir the ingredients until the sugar is dissolved and all the ingredients are blended. Add the cucumber slices and onion rings and stir. Cover and chill the cucumbers for at least 2 hours. Stir and drain before serving.
Notes: These cucumbers will keep for a few days if they last that long. You can use lemon juice in place of vinegar. I like mine medium tart, however, if you prefer more tartness increase the vinegar and reduce the water to accomplish that. You can replace the sesame seeds with dill weed or celery seeds for a variation in taste.
I love the taste of crisp, clean summer salads, and this one is easy to make ahead and keep in the refrigerator until mealtime. I love the light and refreshing taste it offers. It can go with many different entrees, in particular on a hot summer day.
If find yourself with a bounty of cucumbers, give this marinated cucumber salad a try. It is a great dish just to have around when you don’t have much time and want something a little different. Enjoy.
Time to eat…
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