Sunday, September 16, 2007

Cool as a Cucumber

I told you that I've been hankering for summer salads lately. Especially on the weekend when I don't want anything heavy. I also have a problem with using up cucumber. I'll buy one, and forget about it until it becomes a mushy mess in the fridge. I decided to take the bull by the horns and convert this cucumber to a salad before it got to that stage.

Cucumber salads are great if you love salty foods the way I do. But because of the "blandness" of the cucumber, they never get too salty . I add a little spice to mine which makes it even better!

Cucumber Salad with Paprika
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced thin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup water
black pepper

1) Sprinkle cucumbers with salt and let stand for 45 minutes with a plate and a 5-pound weight on top.

2)Combine the sugar, vinegar, garlic powder, and water. Add the cucumbers and marinate for a few hours.

3) To serve, sprinkle paprika on half of the salad and black pepper on the other half.


  1. Your post made me miss grandma :(

    Let me explain, when I was little my grandma would make Mexican rice, Milanesa with a Cucumber Salad (very much like yours) on the side.

    Its been YEARS since I've had cucumber salad and your post made me a bit nostalgic.

    Do you ever make anything that doesn't look good or taste delcious?

    I'm guessing the answer is no.

    You should have seem my dinner last night... tasted yummy but wasn't so pretty.