Cucumber Salad

So, we finally had the weather that I love this past weekend.  Ninety plus degrees.  Yes, you may want to clobber me over the head with something heavy but, I LOVE the heat.  I wish it was 90 everyday.  Really.  Every. single. day.  I basically did not get out of the pool except to sleep, eat or use the facilities.  I should have just slept on my air mattress but, that didn’t turn out very good one time.  I feel asleep a few years ago on the air mattress, I must have thought I was in bed because I curled up on my side and slept like a baby.  Well, I was literally half red when I woke up.  It was quite funny but, not at the time ya’ know? 😉 (And I had to go to work like that…ha!). Fun times.

With the heat I wanted something cool and refreshing, so I went for cucumber salad.  Tart, tangy and oh so good!  Here’s what you’ll need:

Cucumber Salad

2 large seedless cucumbers
1 sweet (or white) onion
1 c. white vinegar
1 c. apple cider vinegar
1/2 c. sugar (you may want more remember I don’t like sugar too much)
1/2 c. water
1 t. dried dill weed, or to taste
salt and pepper

I prefer this kind of apple cider vinegar, you can find it on amazon.com.

Peel the cucumbers.  Cut in half lengthwise.  Remove the seeds with a melon baller.

Hey why are there seeds, they’re called seedless right?  Hmmm…

Slice width wise into 1/2 inch pieces.  Place cukes in a colander in the sink, generously salt the cukes and let sit for about 45 minutes.  In the meantime, cut your onion into a rough chop.

Rinse salt off of cukes.  Add cuke and onions in a bowl, toss together.

In a medium saucepan combine the vinegars, water and sugar.  Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and let cool.

In a larger bowl because you didn’t grab a big enough one in the first place 😉  Pour vinegar mixture over the cucumbers. Add dill, salt and pepper to taste.  Cover and refrigerate until cold.  Best if marinated overnight.

This is also a great potluck dish if doubled or tripled 🙂

Serves: 4-6

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About Suzie

My name is Suzie. I'm married and have a son in the Army. I enjoy cooking, country life, reading and my animals, hence the name of this blog. My two German Shepherds are underfoot anytime I'm cooking ;) Oh, I'm also addicted to Food Network Channel.
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14 Responses to Cucumber Salad

  1. biz319 says:

    Sans the onions, I would be all over this! But I cannot agree with you on the heat. My perfect temperature? 55 degrees please! 😀

  2. Jenna says:

    You crazy lady! =) When I see anything above 83 on the forecast, my heart sinks to my toes and I prepare myself for suffering. Heh heh. I am, as my husband puts it, a “delicate flower” when it comes to being hot. My preferred temps = 60s and low 70s. But that cucumber salad does look good for a hot day!

    • Suzie says:

      Well, I must say if I didn’t have a pool I may not like the heat as much. Last year when we went to see my son in Oklahoma it was 103 degrees, no one but me was happy…because the hotel had a pool! Poor Jenna I can’t believe you wilt in the heat 😉

  3. This is the perfect heat beater – yum 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  4. You need to move to AZ, it is hot and sunny almost year round 🙂 That salad looks awesome, I make a version with red wine vinegar that is similar.

    • Suzie says:

      Oh sweet Rhonda, you don’t know how bad I’d love to move there. My hubs has an established business here or I think we’d move pretty quickly…maybe someday 🙂

  5. Maybe if I had a pool and central AC I could tolerate the heat but for me temps in 60’s to low 70’s are ideal. NYC is brutal in the heat and these old homes are not air conditioned. Your salad sounds cool and delicious!

  6. Suzie says:

    I have an older home too so I know what you mean. I have one window air conditioner and that is in my bedroom! The dogs and I fight over it…lol! I have a friend in NYC so I know your temps are very high too! Yes, if not for the pool I may not love the nineties 😉

  7. Mary says:

    I love cucumbers and your salad sounds delicious. I’m adding your recipe to my growing collection.I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  8. Veronica says:

    Your love of the heat seems to be unique and I’m with the masses! Bring on the mild temps, please! I hate sweating even worse than freezing. ewww sweat. But if I had a pool, I think I’d be with you. Doesn’t matter if it’s hot when you can swim in cool water! Love cucumber salad, just made my first batch of the summer last month. I like to keep it in the fridge throughout the summer b/c it goes so well with barbecue and we eat barbecue quite a bit. I swear I won’t have recipes to share this summer b/c all we’re doing is grilling hamburgers and hotdogs and preseasoned chicken. So lazy. 😉

    • Suzie says:

      If it wasn’t for the pool I may not love the heat so much but, I have always liked heat. I have a heater on in my office right now b/c the a/c is freezing me…lol! I feel the same way about recipes in the summer. We have been grilling a lot too. I ask John what he wanted to eat for Father’s Day…his normal reply “Burgers”, so burgers it is. I have some polish dogs to cook up though and think I’ll make a chili/coney sauce to put on them. I’ve been craving a good coney dog 🙂

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