Thursday, July 03, 2008

Summer Salads


In the summer, I'm all about fresh fruits and vegetables. More than usual. This summer I've been into cucumbers. A lot. And this is a first for me. If I had to pick my least favorite vegetables, I'd say radish, followed by celery and cucumber. I like all veggies, those are just my least favorite.

One salad that I've enjoyed a lot is just a simple tomato-cucumber salad. It just has tomatoes cut into chunks, chunks of cucumber (seedless in this photo, so you can keep the peel on), onion (I used vidalia, but red would be good, too) and some of my latest, favorite salad dressing: Maple Grove Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette. Can you say yum? If you have some day-old bread hanging around, cut it into chunks and add that, too. Ooh, and maybe diced avocado. Mmm.

Another favorite is cucumber salad. I like the vinegary kind and the creamy kind. It looks a little boring, but with salt and pepper, it is a masterpiece.

Creamy Cucumber Salad:

1 pint sour cream (or maybe a teensy bit less, start with 3/4 of a pint)
1/3 mayonnaise
3 T. sugar
2 T. cider vinegar
3 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced (or 2 seedless, sliced)
2 T. chopped onion
salt & pepper to taste

Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar until well blended. Add cucumbers and onion and thoroughly coat. (You may need to add more sugar or vinegar to suit your taste, but test it before you add the cukes and onions.)

I usually don't measure when I make this, so it's really a trial and error. All the flavors should blend together and it shouldn't be too vinegary or sugary.

Happy 4th of July to you and your family! Catch up with ya next week!

19 comments:

nikko said...

Oooh. Yummy. I would eat up both of these, unfortunately tomatoes and cukes are not faves with either DH or the kiddos. ;o)

I'll have to look for that salad dressing.

Little Munchkins said...

Cucumber is one of my favourites. My least favourite would be rocket. Not.A.Fan.Of.That.

Karyn said...

No tomatoes for this chickie! And...don't forget the couscous salad! (I'm still craving it)

beki said...

I'm pretty sure I could eat my weight in cucumbers, yum!

Jo-Anne said...

They sound yummy! Thanks for these...I need all the salad recipes I can get my hands on. It's so cock-eyed hot here that I don't do much cooking lately.

Do you grow your own tomatoes and cucumbers??

Heidijayhawk said...

that is cracking me up. i'm totally into cucumbers this summer too. for the first time in alot of years. thanks for the great cuc recipes!

Gail :) said...

Yummy! I have a tastey little cucmber salad recipe too.
dice up a few cucumbers, and a few green onions. Mix them with some cottage cheese and a little black pepper. It is so refreshing :)

miss chris said...

Love cukes over here, too. I'm a sucker for plain old rice wine vinegar, s&p, and sliced cukes... but your creamy recipe sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing!

Tonya said...

both salads look Yummy!!! Cucumbers are one of my favorite vegetables! I like em with just vinegar, salt and pepper.

amandajean said...

mmmm. those salads both look delightful! I can't wait til my garden produces some veggies.

utmommy said...

Sounds delicious!

Cucumber and tomato chunks with ranch dressing makes a yummy salad too!

Jane said...

My father in law makes that same creamy cucumber salad and it turned on to one of my least favorite veggies: the cuke.

Diane said...

We just tried our first cucumber salad last night. The only thing in common were the cucumbers and sour cream. Your recipe sounds much yummier. Oh, we added a few sprigs of mint...gave it a little something extra. Thanks for the recipe!

TinkerBlue said...

Oh that looks so good, and with chopped avocado it would make a great dinner.

jessi said...

yum!

Melanie said...

Ooo I do like salads but due to a bad celery allergy (daughter has it too) I rarely choose salad if we eat out just in case. I do like vinegary salads. Hubby though was brought up with a tradition of having lettuce sprinkled with granulated sugar and vinegar! YUK!

When I was in Croatia, we had a lot of thinly sliced tomatoes in a dressing of vinegar and oil, kept in the fridge so it was ice cold -perfect on a hot day.

Since we're started having an organic box of veg delivered each week, I've noticed the flavours of things more. Even varieties are different from supermarkets.

periwinkle said...

love tomatoes and cucu, can't be doing with celery though, the smell yuk
lisa x

Chara Michele said...

oh that sounds good! I just might have to try this recipe :)

Leslie said...

i knew i had to try the creamy cucumber salad as soon as i saw it. I had a few cucumbers from my CSA sitting in my fridge just waiting to be used. It was delicious. Even my husband that does not like cukes ate it!!