I was given a rather large cucumber by a neighbor.
I really like cucumbers, but have a problem where I cut up a plain cucumber into slices, put them in single serve baggies, and then stare at them each time I open the fridge. And they sit in the fridge. And I don't eat them. And I feel bad.
I didn't want this to happen to this cool cucumber gift.
So, I set out to make cucumber salad.
I've never made cucumber salad (at least I don't think so).
There are a million and a half recipes for cucumber salad on the web.
I had no idea which one to use.
So, I read a bunch of them. And read about ingredients like vinegar, sugar, onions, garlic....
I headed into the kitchen to whip something up that was inspired by those other recipes, but that harnessed the ingredients I already had in the house.
I started by slicing the cucumber into paper thin round slices with my crazy sharp and fast slicer. (Thank you again Beka for that awesome Christmas gift. Yes, I still have all my fingers intact.)
My next leap was to all the ripe peaches I have been hoarding. I'm thinking how good would a sweet and spicy salad be. Enter the peaches.
I pitted and sliced two of them. Next time I think I would use a few more for a more even mix of peaches to cucumber slices.
Oh, so pretty against the fresh light green of the cucumbers.
Next up. Rice vingear! This is the first time I got to use this ingredient. I think we originally bought this bottle a few years ago when we thought it might be fun to make our own sushi. And we never ended up making it. Maybe the open bottle will inspire that next?
I didn't really measure any of the quantities, but I began to pour some on. Then gave the cucumbers and peaches a good mix. I was looking for a very tiny coat of rice vinegar throughout.
Enter salt. About two pinches. I would later add another two or so pinches.
Cayenne! This is where the spicy entered. A few dashes, then a few more. Then a few more.
I live for the heat that cayenne brings to the party!
Honey. Instead of sugar I wanted a more pure sweetener.
This is a local honey purchased from a local orchard. Local honey is supposed to help with seasonal allergies. I have been busy trying to work honey into everything I am making lately.
I drizzled about two tablespoons-ish on the top.
Basil! Fresh basil at that. From my garden. Love it!
About 6-9 leaves here. I rolled them together and then sliced and chopped them.
Cilantro. I was a smart cookie this year and put hebs in two places. This meant that the recent bunny invasion only wiped out a portion of my herb garden.
Smart cookie, right?
I included a few sprigs. Pulled the leaves off and tossed them in.
Here are all the treasures together!
The results after a nice mix.
The last two additions after tasting were a couple of shakes of cloves to give it a bump up in spice. And a drizzle of olive oil to bring all the flavors together.
I was so happy with the result that I ate a bunch.
Then I packed a bunch more in my lunch for the next day.
That's a combo of rice noodles and cucumber delight.
The right food, can really make your day!
What are you eating today? What is your latest creation?