Yep. This'll be a quick one - kinda like the salad was!
Hot summer day. Just got back from the Farmer's Market - where the organic cucumbers looked waaaay too good to pass-up!
"What?! QT - You AREN'T growing CUCUMBERS?! WTF!"
"I know, I know..."
Truth be told, I've been kind-of ignoring my raised beds this year. I actually *did* plant a couple of cucumbers - but damned if I can find any evidence of 'em!
Anyway - I said this'd be quick - so be QUICK, dammit!
So my stomach is rumbling, and I'm feeling hot and icky, I guess I oughtta eat something!
So I grabbed a cucumber. And we're talking full-sized grocery-store-giant cuke (and Certified Organic!). I peeled half of it, then grabbed a sharp knife and chopped a bunch of thin slices. Tossed 'em into a bowl and salted 'em, a layer at a time. Salt gets 'em to start sweating...
Then I splashed-in some apple cider vinegar and sweeteners. It's a personal-taste thing, but I got that perfect sweet & tangy combo, and I promptly snarfed it down!
That was so damned good! Light, cool and refreshing. And I'm betting it's pretty damn low in calories and carbs (gonna check it, though).
So yeah, it was so good, I made a second serving - but I added some finely chopped red onion and some sliced yellow tomatoes for color (both were tasty additions). And QUICK YOU'D BETTER BLOG THIS so you can find the recipe again!
QT's Quickie Cool Cucumber Salad
Yield: 1 Salad
- 1/2 of a large cucumber, peeled (I don't like the bitterness)
- Sea Salt (guessing maybe half-a teaspoon? I didn't measure - sorry!)
- 1 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1-3 tsp Sugar/Stevia Blend
- 1-3 tsp Splenda (to taste)
- 1 TBS chopped red onion (optional)
- handful of cherry tomato halves
- Peel and thinly slice half of a cucumber (I found the cheese-grater made nice super-thin slices - if you have a cheese grater thus-equipped!).
- Finely chop about 1 TBS of red onion and halve a handful of cherry tomatoes (optional - but a nice colorful addition)
- Toss the cucumber slices in a bowl and salt them, a layer at a time. Add the onions at this time. Let the slices set 'n sweat for a couple of minutes.
- Splash in some Apple Cider Vinegar, then add sweetener(s) to taste.
- Serve with halved cherry tomatoes. Deeeelish!
Addendum (08/04/14): Nutritional Info for one salad:
43 Calories, 0g fat, 13g carbohydrate (4g of which is sugar), 1g protein.
All-in-all - seems like a pretty healthy snack!