Wednesday, July 29, 2009

csa, and cold cucumber salad

Tomatoes and cucumbers were part of our CSA share for the first time this year - hooray! They join pattypan squash, Swiss chard, lettuce, garlic, fresh onions, a bouquet of zinnias (I love zinnias!) and more of those yummy carrots.

When we were at the farm picking up our share, we saw bees busy at work -

And lots of beautiful flowers!

This evening with some of the cucumbers, we'll be making this recipe for Cold Cucumber Salad - found in several places online including the Food Network site. We make it a few times each year - might not be the healthiest dish, with both mayonnaise and sour cream in it (though we do sometimes substitute plain yogurt for the sour cream) - but it sure is tasty!!

You'll need -
2 cucumbers
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
Freshly ground black pepper

1. Peel and slice the cucumbers and put them in a glass bowl.
2. Sprinkle them with salt and vinegar.
3. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes.
4. Pour off the excess liquid and drain in colander for about 30 minutes to allow complete drainage.
5. Add the mayonnaise, sour cream, dill and pepper, and mix well.
6. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.
7. Enjoy!


livinginalocalzone said...

Getting flowers along with your veg, a lovely setting to a table with great food. I got cucumbers this week, but no tomatoes unfortunately. Have you tried a cucumber/yogurt combo? Coarsly grated and/or chopped cucumber, yogurt, and seasoning of black pepper and salt, with optional cilantro for garnish. Completely done to taste. My extended family loves it (and calls it raita)

Colleen said...

Raita - sounds yummy! Is it used as a dip or spread, or eaten as-is on its own, or how is it usually enjoyed? We have a bunch of cucumbers right now, so perfect timing for a new recipe!! Thanks!

Life Looms Large said...

I'm a big cuke fan too!

My favorite 2 cuke recipes:

Chop 2 cucumbers, 1 tomato. Put them in a bowl. Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and feta cheese. Yum!

My other recipe might have to end up in my blog because I have to look up's a cucumber vinaigrette salad.

Maybe I should have gone to the farmer's market today instead of asking my DH to do the honors. Your haul looks delicious!


Colleen said...

I've had cucumber salad with balsamic vinegar, but never with feta added as well. That'll be going on the list of things to try this week!! Thanks - sounds super tasty!