Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cucumber Salad

One of the many things I love about summer is summer salads (i.e. side dishes I don't have to cook.) I think I've mentioned before I'm not a huge fan of vegetables and neither is Ty, but I do crave fresh food when it's hot out and one thing we both love is a good cucumber salad.

A few months ago I came across a cucumber salad recipe that is so easy and impressed Ty so much I make it about once a month now. This weekend I got even luckier when one of my best friends Bekah, brought us cucumbers fresh from her garden in Franklin County. All you need is:
  • Cucumbers (duh)
  • Red onions
  • Red wine vinegar (or whatever kind you prefer/have on hand)
  • Dijon mustard (regular yellow mustard works too)
  • Salt & pepper
Get the bowl your going to mix and store the salad in  preferably something with a lid (doing all the mixing and storing in one bowl = less dishes!). Put the dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, salt & pepper in the bowl and mix it up - I think the recipe says to whisk it together, I don't think we own a whisk so I just use a fork. Slice the cucumber and onion, put them in the container and put the lid on it. Then shake it up.

We like it best if you make it the night before and shake it up a few times while it's marinating.

The Verdict: Vegetables aren't all that bad if you douse them in something. You could change this up by adding tomatoes or feta too. Cost-wise, the only thing that could make this summer salad even less expensive is if you grown your own vegetables or have a great friend like Bekah who will give you some of theirs. I actually planted my own cucumbers specifically for this recipe but it only sprouted only 1 little guy (see below), and something ate it about 2 weeks after I took this picture!

In other news, my tomato plants are doing great and I'll hopefully be using them in some way soon!