Friday, January 24, 2014

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Sides and salads can be challenging in the sense of keeping them fresh, new, and interesting. We get stuck in what is quick and familiar. But I'd encourage you to begin this year with a resolution to not only cook more, but also, branch out and try new flavors, new cuisines and new recipes with new ingredients!


Check out this Creamy Cucumber-Dill Salad and add it to tonight's dinner like The Chicken Souvlaki Skewers or Asian Flank Steak or plain ol' hamburgers! This is a great addition and tasty alternative to same old salad!

(Adapted from Cook's Illustrated The Science of Good Cooking)

Equipment:
Mixing Bowl
Knife
Peeler
Cutting Board
Collander

Ingredients:
3 cucumbers, peeled, halved, and seeded
1 small red onion, sliced very thin
1 Tbls salt
1 cup sour cream
3 Tbls Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tsp sugar
1/8-1/4 cup fresh minced dill

Instructions:
1. Wash your hands.
2. Peel your cucumbers and slice lengthwise in half.

3. Use a spoon-tip to remove the seeds.
4. Slice the cucumber into 1/4" slices





5. Add the cucumber slices and thinly sliced onion to a colander.


6. Sprinkle with salt and let sit for at least 1hr, max 3 hrs. Rinse with cold water and pat dry.


7. Combine sour cream, vinegar, sugar, and dill in medium mixing bowl.




8. Add the cucumber / red onion mixture. Stir until combined.


9. That's it! Get a fork.
10. Easily made ahead a chilled in the fridge while you make the rest of dinner.