Friday, April 23, 2010

Cool and crunchy: vinegary cucumber salad

Ever notice that sometimes just cutting something differently seems to make it taste better? I'm having a little love affair with my new extra-wide peeler. It's just making my salads much more interesting. Today, a long seedless cucumber, sliced into thin strips, paired with some scallion microgreens from the farmer's market, turned into a fresh, crunch salad with a lot of interest. I have even grander plans for my peeler! Stay tuned. : )

Crunchy vinegary cucumber salad

1 large seedless cucumber, sliced thin lengthwise and rolled decoratively
1 medium shallot, chopped small
3 Tbs champagne vinegar
generous pinch sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Microgreens to garnish, if desired

Combine salt, vinegar and shallot. Set aside and allow to marinate for ten minutes. Slice cucumber. Season with pepper. Drizzle with dressing when ready. Sprinkle with microgreens if desired. Serve cold.

17 comments:

sarah said...

Hello--I love this salad. You are right, the different shapes make it new and fresh. I would like to try champagne vinegar--what an idea! I also recently made a spicy cucumber salad which was an eye opener; such a different taste for a somewhat innocuous vegetable.

larry B said...

Great photo - sounds & looks delicious!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Just gorgeous!

sudy said...

I swear, you can make the most mundane things look pretty and delicious.

sudy said...

I swear, you can make the most mundane things look pretty and delicious.

tracieMoo said...

The photo looks beautiful. Cucumber salad is an all time refreshing salad! Yumm..

Tartelette said...

As fresh as fresh goes that's for sure! Looks fantastic!
Are these onion chives on top? I am growing some in my garden and we use them all the time to top fresh salads.

Christine said...

Wow I love cucumber with vinegar... it's tasty! I love your photo of it and it makes this simple dish very elegant!

Mimi said...

Beautiful salad.
Mimi

Sari said...

This salad is too beautiful to eat! :) I love any cucumber and this one looks super fresh. I've never tried champagne vinegar.

Anushruti said...

This looks very refreshing and is beautifully styled!

WizzyTheStick said...

this is too pretty and makes me think of spring

Anne said...

Never thought I could cut cucumber like that. That's a nice plate for the dish.

Swati said...

this looks so heavenly! and I'm a firm believer that a salad or vegetable dish is all about the way you cut/slice your veggies. That jus adds so much to the taste. I must try this tonight! I do have a wide peeler, but somehow never thought of using it this way...

tom said...

this looks like something you would find in a modern art gallery

angela@spinachtiger said...

I want this peeler. Usually cucumbers are boring to me. But not this salad. It's so artistic.

Sale E Pepe said...

That's it! I'm buying myself an extra wide peeler.

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