Thursday, April 2, 2009

"Guerken Salat" Cucumber Salad

I think too many people dismiss cucumbers before even giving them a chance (I can see some of my fam rolling their eyes now . . .). I have to admit that I have not always been a cucumber fan . . . but now I am a total cucumber addict! I eat them plain, on sam's, in salads, as a snack, for breakfast on toast, I have even had them in soup and they delish! All you need is a good cucumber . . . I love the English ones or smaller cucumber's that don't have big tough seeds. The best cucumber I have ever had came from my Uncle Don's garden (gotta love home grown goods!). They were smaller and just crisp and refreshing. So as a salute to cucumbers and in turn a salute to Germany and Austria, where I came to eat MANY and grew to love them, here is a cucumber salad that is delish! I served it with Schnitzel to offset the heaviness. So good! I LOVE schnitzel too and it is now so easy for me to make . . . try it . . . you will LOVE it! Here are some other German FAVORITES!!!
Cucumber Salad
Recipe by: Emily

1 cucumber, stripe peeled and sliced very thin
1 Tbsp Red Onion, sliced in very thin small strips
1 Tbsp Sour Cream
2 Tbsp Vinegar, Apple cider or regular White Vinegar
1-2 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Chives (I used dried)
1/4 tsp Dry Dill weed
1 Tbsp fresh Parsley
Pinch of Salt
1/4 tsp Black pepper

1. To make the dressing mix the vinegar and sugar together until the sugar is dissolved. Add the herbs, salt and pepper. Last, stir in the sour cream until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired.
2. Add the cucumbers and red onion to the dressing and coat evenly. Refrigerate or serve immediately. (The longer it sits the stronger the flavor and the more liquid will come out of the cucumbers, so if you are going to refrigerate it you may want to add more cucumber.)


Donna-FFW said...

These cucumbers look heavenly. I am trying your version with my gaden cucumbers this summer. I can not wait!! They are cvalling my name! Thank you.

Lucy said...

Great post, I happen to have an English Cucumber and this I plan on trying this recipe... Thanks ;-)

teresa said...

Mmmm, what a great idea, my kids go nuts for cucumbers, so this would be a great way to serve them.

Talita said...

Wow! You did a miracle with the cucumber! That looks yummy! Awesome!