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Cucumber Ideas

cassoulady Jul 6, 2009 11:23 AM

I bought tons of cukes for pickling. I pickled tons, have no more jars, but plenty more pickles. I have made a great cuke salad but am looking for other interesting ideas.

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    Sal Vanilla Jul 6, 2009 11:02 PM

    My sister made a potato salad with cucumber and onion (it had a very light mayo based dressing) for 4th of July. It was so good and refreshing. I think she used red potatoes. Little picklers would be nice in it.

    1. Vetter Jul 6, 2009 10:17 PM

      How about the classic that I assume a lot of us grew up with-- sliced into cuke salad with sweet onions, dressing of mayo, cider vinegar, and sugar? God, I love that stuff.

      I love cukes on turkey sandwiches.

      I had the best cuke salad in a Japanese restaurant once-- it had a very hot mustard dressing that was sublime with the cooling cucumber. I'd love a recipe for that.

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        toveggiegirl Jul 6, 2009 10:58 PM

        I grew up with almost the same cucumber salad, except without the mayo. I believe it's Eastern European. I still love it.

      2. greygarious Jul 6, 2009 09:48 PM

        For all the suggestions for thin slices or ribbons, rather than halving lengthwise and scooping out the seeds, peel the whole cuke, then use the vegetable peeler to to lengthwise ribbons. When you get close to the seeds, do a quarter turn and continue, repeating till you are left with a column of seedy pulp. This is also a good way to handle summer squashes when prepping for serving raw.

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          toveggiegirl Jul 6, 2009 10:57 PM

          That's a great tip! Thanks.

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          toveggiegirl Jul 6, 2009 07:32 PM

          I love Gourmet Magazine's Asian Cucumber Ribbon Salad!
          http://www.recipezaar.com/Gourmet-Mag...

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            cher99 Jul 6, 2009 03:24 PM

            My go-to salad when cukes are in season is very thinly sliced (salted and drained) mixed with sour cream and tons of fresh dill, salt and pepper to taste. This salad is always requested for parties and everyone seems to love it. Sometimes we add a shallot that has been minced.

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              nimeye Jul 6, 2009 08:24 PM

              Yup, that's my go-to as well. I like to add sliced red onion and green pepper as well.

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              foodeye Jul 6, 2009 02:24 PM

              This is a really great salad, and made with thinly sliced cucumber it is a delicious sandwich filling, too: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives...

              1. goodhealthgourmet Jul 6, 2009 12:03 PM

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                  cheesecake17 Jul 6, 2009 12:02 PM

                  toss thin slices of cucumber with rice vinegar, sugar, and some red pepper flakes. very refereshing straight from the fridge

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                    spm Jul 10, 2009 10:05 AM

                    Yes! I agree with cheesecake17. This is a very easy very nice salad. I also like them on homemade bread with lots of mayonnaise. Or peanut butter.

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                      cassoulady Jul 10, 2009 11:22 AM

                      cukes and peanut butter?

                  2. BernalKC Jul 6, 2009 11:47 AM

                    To consume cukes in volume, how about more, different cucumber salads? Maybe Thai style? That salad will definitely keep for a while in the fridge.

                    How about jullienned cucumber strips in a cold noodle dish, maybe with a peanut sauce?

                    Another direction would be cucumber drinks - a cucumber aqua fresca is a good summer refresher.

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                      cassoulady Jul 6, 2009 11:59 AM

                      do you have a specific recipe for the thai style salad?

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