The Salad Days of Summer – Cool as a Cucumber
|July 19, 2013||Posted by Melissa under Cooking, Healthy Eating, Produce, Recipes|
Cucumbers are light and refreshing, and they add a distinctive flavor to salads. They are more than 95 percent water and low in calories, so it makes them a smart choice, too. We have several salad preparations using cucumbers as the star ingredient. Give them a try and let us know which is your favorite!
• 2 Florida tomatoes, seeded and chopped fine
• 2 Florida cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped fine
• 3/4 pound Florida radishes, trimmed and chopped fine
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• 1 clove garlic, mashed to a paste with 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
• 1/3 cup cilantro finely chopped, or to taste
• 6 scallions, sliced thin
1. In a large bowl whisk together the juices and garlic paste, add the oil in a steady stream, and whisk the dressing until it is emulsified. Whisk in the chopped cilantro and salt and pepper to taste.
2. Add the tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, and the scallions, toss the salad to combine it well, and garnish the dish with the leftover cilantro sprigs.
• 2 Florida bell peppers (or 12 small sweet Florida peppers), seeds removed and sliced thin (a variety of colored peppers is recommended)
• 2 Florida cucumbers
• 1 red onion
• 1/4 cup fresh Florida parsley, chopped fine
• 1 tablespoon fresh Florida herbs (basil, thyme, oregano or mint)
• 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• sea salt to taste
• fresh ground pepper to taste
1. Add all ingredients except the salt and pepper to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Lightly toss all ingredients to coat.
2. Taste salad and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
3. Keep refrigerated and serve cold.
Chef tip: Add 1 cup of feta cheese to this recipe for extra flavor.
Here’s a bonus recipe for Marinated Radish and Cucumber Salad.