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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Food Network's Summer Fest -- Marinated Cucumber Salad







It’s that time again – summertime and that means Food Network’s FN Dish is sponsoring Summer Fest.  What is Summer Fest?  It’s a group of food bloggers who participate weekly throughout the summer posting amazing and unique recipes using the best ingredients Summer has to offer. This week is all about cucumbers.  Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the page for all the other Summer Fest links!

When I lived in St. Louis we would have dinner out with my parents 2-3 times a week, and one of our favorite places to eat was Miss Sheri’s Cafeteria.  Every time they would have it, my dad would get a side dish of marinated cucumber salad.  When I saw that this week’s topic was cucumbers, it was the first recipe that came to mind.  It’s a simple salad that can be made days in advance – it really tastes better after the third day. 



To make marinated cucumber salad you will need:
2 medium size cucumbers, sliced thin
1 medium size onion (yellow or Vadallia), sliced thin
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
¼ cup of white sugar
Salt and pepper
Slice the cucumbers very thinly using a knife or mandolin. Place in a non-reactive bowl.  Slice the onion also very thinly and mix with the cucumbers.  On the stove (in a non- reactive sauce pan) warm the apple cider vinegar. Once warmed, add the sugar, and dissolve. Set aside to cool.  Season the cucumbers with salt and pepper and pour the dressing over the vegetables. Mix to combine.  Store in the fridge.



 <TIP> For a little extra zing, you can add some red pepper flakes or a seeded and chopped jalapeno pepper.
<TIP> Also remember the longer it sits, the better it gets.  So try to make it at least 3 days before you want to serve it.


The Sensitive Epicure:  Chinese Style Cucumbers
What's Gaby Cooking: Cucumber, Herb and Pita Salad
Ingredients, Inc.:   Easiest Cucumber Salad
Virtually Homemade:   Cucumber Strawberry Cooler



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