Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cucumber Salad- Two Ways

 Fresh cucumber salad with vinegar-based dressing.

Cucumber salad is one of those foods that says summer to me.

We eat a lot of cucumbers throughout the summer and although we love them raw, we are also quite fond of cucumber salad. One is made with a vinegar dressing and the other a creamy mayonnaise dressing.

Both are so easy and taste so fresh! And both recipes come courtesy of my mom.

Cucumber Salad with Vinegar Dressing

Mix together:

1/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
fresh dill or dried dill weed

Pour over sliced cucumbers, tomatoes and onions. You can do this with just cucumbers or whatever combo you prefer. For the salad that is pictured,  my cucumbers were a bit on the skinny and small  side so I added  several small sliced zucchini to bulk it up.

Chill and serve.

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Growing up, we ate this nearly every day throughout the summer. It's a favorite. And no wonder my sister and I used to break out in hives from eating too many cucumbers!

1-2 Tablespoons finely cut fresh dill weed
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon vinegar
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
 dash of pepper

Pour over a bowl of thinly sliced cucumbers and mix lightly. Chill and serve.

Other than in salad, I really like cucumber sandwiches, either plain or with a garden-ripe tomato. Mmmmm...

Provided that you like to eat cucumbers, what are your favorite ways to eat them?


mary bailey said...

I love fancy little cucumber sandwiches that are served at weddings and showers. Sometimes I make them at home!

Pen Pen said...

I love cucumber sandwiches with just two slices of bread, mayo, and salted cukes. YUMMY. Check out my post from today and you'll see my latest cucumber recipe.

Rhonda said...

those both sound really good.
we are cucumber fans. My kids all like when I cut the cukes in finger shaped sticks and eat them with sour cream based dips.

my vines look very promising - I hope we have some to pick soon.

Debbie J said...

Mary Ann, these sound good. Thanks! We often peel the cucumbers, peel them and put them in a shallow dish with a little vinegar and black pepper. We love that, so I bet the vinegar recipe you have would really be good!

The Working Home Keeper said...

Yum! I have cucumbers growing in the garden, so I'm definitely trying these recipes!

Mary Ellen

Lyn said...

I just recently wrote a post that I'm posting later about a similar type salad. I think everyone has some sort of recipe when it comes to cukes and tomatoes! Yours sound very good.