This recipe originates from rural Missouri and a 1940s farm wife widowed young with four children, the youngest only 18 months old.
It's plain. It's thrifty. It's filling. I suspect Old Liz might tsk-tsk me to task for even calling it a recipe. My mind hears her harumph, "It's just cucumbers and tomatoes from the garden. Don't make a fuss." So no more imagining a woman whose spirit I can know only through the legacy of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren – and her cucumber salad. Maybe she wouldn't mind just a small fuss.
This is a good salad for those baseball-bat sized cucumbers from the garden. It needs a good rest before supper (30 minutes, say) but is even better the next day.
MORE OLD-TIME CUCUMBER RECIPES These are also simple cucumber salads. The first is how my grandmother made a cucumber salad with sour cream, Nana's Cucumbers with Sour Cream. The other is another classic, Cucumbers in Vinegar, my food blogging friend Danielle's Ima's cucumber salad. Plus, when we visited Karina from Karina's Kitchen near Santa Fe, just look what she made for my birthday supper, her very own gluten-free version of Old Liz's Cucumber Salad!
OLD LIZ's OLD-FASHIONED CUCUMBER & TOMATO SALAD RECIPE
Time to table: 45 minutes
1 extra large cucumber
2 small pickling cucumbers
1 small tomato, chopped
1 small onion, sliced thin in half rings
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (white balsamic vinegar won't stain the cucumber!)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Peel and seed the large cucumber, then cut into chunks. Slice off the stem and blossom ends of the pickling cucumbers; in ribbons, peel off about half the skin (leaving some skin on adds crunch and some color) and then slice cross-wise to form rounds. Combine with remaining ingredients. Let rest for about 30 minutes or overnight.
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