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Cucumber Salad Tue, 03/2/04 12:39 AM (permalink)
I'm hoping someone can help me with this. I had a really good cucumber salad from a deli recently. It was not a creamy salad, the skins were left on, and there were onions in it as well. The cucumbers were slightly soft but retained a nice crunch and a bright green color. Can anyone help me out with a good cucumber salad recipe that will produce similar results? Thanks!

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    RE: Cucumber Salad Tue, 03/2/04 8:26 AM (permalink)
    cucumber salad - hungarian style

    For the salad you described simply leave out the sour cream (much less fattening) This salad is very tasty either way. I also recomend blanching the onions as sometimes they can be overpowering otherwise chop them very fine and add a small amount at a time.

    2 lrg. waxed cucumbers - sliced
    2 tsp. salt
    3 Tbls. apple cider vinegar OR white vinegar
    1 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
    1/4 tsp. paprika
    1/4 tsp. white pepper
    1/2 clove garlic - minced
    1 white onion - chopped
    1 cup sour cream - low-fat okay
    paprika - for garnish

    -In a bowl, sprinkle cucumber slices with salt, stir to coat, and chill for 1 hour.
    -Mix vinegar, sugar, paprika, white pepper, and garlic; set aside.
    -Squeeze liquid from cucumbers, return to bowl, and discard liquid.
    -Add vinegar mixture, onions, and sour cream to bowl; stir to coat.
    -Sprinkle additional paprika over top.
    -Chill for 1-2 hours.


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      RE: Cucumber Salad Tue, 03/2/04 8:49 AM (permalink)
      here is my favorite thai cucumber salad recipe..its sooooo goooood
      3 md Cucumbers; sliced as thinly
      -- as possible *
      1/2 ts Dried hot pepper flakes
      1 tb Sugar; dissolved in:
      1/4 c -Hot water
      4 tb White vinegar
      2 tb Minced red onion; -OR-
      1 tb -Minced scallions (Opt.)

      Instructions * Note: The book says to peel the cucumbers only if they are waxed and even then leave on a few strips. I say to remove all the peel if it's been waxed. Yuck.

      1. In a bowl, generously salt the sliced cucumbers. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

      2. Combine the other ingredients.

      3. Squeeze out as much of the cucumber juice as you can, by wringing a handful at a time in a double layer of cheesecloth or a dish towel. Twist until you can extract no more juice.

      4. Combine the squeezed cucumbers and the sauce in a serving bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.


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        RE: Cucumber Salad Tue, 03/2/04 9:32 AM (permalink)
        Mine is really labor intensive.....

        Wash cucumbers, slice, peel onion, slice-seperate into rings, wash tomatoes, dice, put everything a in bowl, pour in freshly made Good Seasons Italian Dressing, coarse ground pepper, kosher salt. Toss, refridgerate for 1 hour. Ta Da!

          RE: Cucumber Salad Tue, 03/2/04 7:14 PM (permalink)
          It is not exactly a cucumber salad but Mamaw Smith takes the first cucumbers of the season right off the vine, thick slices them and adds noodles, onions, mayo and sliced boiled eggs.

          It is Tennessee cucumbers and I personally consider it a tonic of spring.

          I really enjoy raw cucumbers with salt and pepper.

          Great with evening libation.
          Paul E. Smith
          Knoxville, TN

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            RE: Cucumber Salad Wed, 03/3/04 9:03 PM (permalink)
            My mother used to prepare cucumbers in a way that resulted in the texture you describe (and also removed the "burp" from them). She would thinly slice cucumbers and onions (about 3 or 4 times as many cucumber slices as onion slices) and then soak them overnight in a fairly light salt brine in the refrigerator. The next day, she would drain off the salt brine and replace it with white vinegar. I don't think she added any sugar, since they didn't have a sweet taste. She would then marinate them in the refrigerator until she served them.

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              RE: Cucumber Salad Thu, 03/4/04 1:41 PM (permalink)
              Thanks to everyone who replied. I've got some good ideas, I think I'll tinker with all of them and come up with something.
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