So I always wonder, when a recipe goes viral, do grocers notice? I-am-SO-betting there's been a run on cucumbers and avocados since two weeks ago when Smitten Kitchen shared this recipe for what she calls "obsessively good avocado cucumber salad". She's right. Let's count, just me, I made the salad seven times, one with an on-hand cucumber, six more with cucumber three-somes from Sam's Club. So yeah. I'm smitten. Am I obsessed? Uh maybe?
Luckily, the object of this obsession isn't something sugar-butter-flour-laden. I've strayed – not far, but still, finding my own path – from Smitten Kitchen's original combination. Three things are essential: chunks of crisp thin-skinned cucumbers plus cubes of soft but not mushy avocado plus a creamy make-it-how-you-like-it dressing. Smitten Kitchen likes the dressing drizzled over the chunks of vegetables, I like it all tossed together. A little onion is important, so is a good grind of pepper. I found myself adding "stuff" to the salad, all the while maintaining a one:one balance between the "crisp" of cucumber and the "soft" of avocado.
RECIPE for SMITTEN KITCHEN'S AVOCADO-CUCUMBER SALAD
Time to table: 10 minutes
1 English cucumber, quartered lengthwise then cut in half-inch chunks
1 green onion, chopped
1 avocado, cubed
2 tablespoons 0% Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon buttermilk to thin the dressing, optional
Zest & juice of a lemon or lime
Sriracha or another hot sauce to taste
Pepper & salt to taste
PLAYING AROUND (match one:one in volume)
Wet & Crisp Additions – jicama, bell pepper, radish, corn kernels
Wet & Soft Additions – hard-cooked egg, mango, feta, roasted pepper
Hot Sauce Substitutes – soy sauce, hoisin sauce
Prep the vegetables, then mix the dressing, then combine. That's it! Serve immediately. Best right away, doesn't really keep.
ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
An English cucumber works best here, those are the long thin ones you find in the grocery stores year-round. The skins are thinner, the seeds are fewer if any. Once the garden begins to spit out summer cucumbers in a couple of months, I'll give a garden cucumber a try, "striping" the skins to remove some of the toughness and scraping out the burp-y center seeds.
If you toss the vegetables in the dressing, any extra color is from, say red bell pepper or radish or mango, are washed out. And besides, there's something quite elegant about a simple green 'n' white salad.
I usually leave the lemon/lime juice out of the dressing and instead use it to briefly toss with the avocado chunks: it doesn't prevent browning but does mean you've got maybe an hour before the color change starts.
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