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SO. WAY BACK IN 2005? This salad had "good bones" but turned out to be, let me be frank, a loser. Even after doctoring a recipe from a reliable recipe source? Nothing special.
BUT. NOW TEN YEARS LATER? I played with the recipe until finally, it earned a hard-won ♥. Now? It's like a spicy cucumber mojito, a mix of wet cucumber, fresh lime juice and a smattering of fresh mint. Drink up, cucumber lovers!
RECIPE for CUCUMBER SALAD with LIME & FRESH MINT
Time to table: 15 minutes
JUST THREE INGREDIENTS (UP TO FIVE)
1 large cucumber
1 small cucumber, skin on, quartered, then sliced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt (0% works fine, sour cream would be good too)
1 tablespoon sugar (or maple syrup for a less-processed sweetener)
Fresh mint, cut in tiny bits
Good sprinkle hot sauce
Salt & pepper to taste
If you have a large garden cucumber, you'll want to trim, peel the cucumber, especially if the skin is tough; then you'll want to cut the cucumber into quarters and slice out the interior seeds. (Yeah, you're losing a third of the volume but hey, there's always the compost bowl, right?) If you have a thin-skinned English cucumber, no need to peel or seed it. Cut the large cucumber into thin-thin slices, as thin as a knife can make them.
Combine the cucumbers and the remaining ingredients. Serve the salad immediately or refrigerate and serve within a couple of hours.
ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
WHY TWO WAYS FOR TWO CUCUMBERS? I like the texture difference, the variety in shape, it just somehow strikes me as "right" to thin-slice the big cucumber and then toss in another one that's considerably smaller but still make it bite-size. Is it critical? Not the least, just something I've learned to do over the years.
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