Cucumber Salad

And…another from Salad Days. I think I shall try to work my way through the entire book. Including the Heringsalat. This was served with the Plaice in Savoury Custard, it cut through the rich custard but wasn’t quite right.

Cucumber Salad

This beautifully juicy salad with a taste of spring is very smooth on the palate, and is ideal with rice dishes or new buttered potatoes. The addition of dill gives it a slightly sweet and very delicate taste. A favourite with children.

1 cucumber

2 tablespoons oil

2 tablespoons vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 teaspoon dried dill

3-4 spring onions, chopped or 1 small onion chopped

1 tablespoon double cream or evaporated milk

1 Peel the cucumber and slice into very, very thin slices. Place them in a colander. Sprinkle with a little salt over the slices and leave them to drain for 30 minutes. Rinse them with cold water and dry thoroughly with paper towels

2 In a bowl whisk together the oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and dill. Mix in the spring onions and the cream

3 Toss the cucumber slices in the bowl to coat them evenly with the dressing

Note: By omitting the draining procedure (preparing the dressing first and then slicing the peeling cucumber into it) the dressing will be diluted by the juice from the cucumber. This also makes a delicious salad and children love the juice.

Results

plaice 014Notes

  • I dunno about salting cucumbers. It seemed to do very little apart from make things salty,  drew off a bit of liquid but I’ve never had issues with cucumbers  being too watery anyhow. But, as is pointed out in the last bit it doesn’t matter!
  • I started off very unconvinced by the addition of cream, but it really worked.
  • Peeling cucumbers is massively tedious. As is thinly slicing the things. But but but, it is worth it. You end up with lovely translucent slices of pale greenness.
  • Overall, a really nice side salad which I shall make again.

Update: I did make this again (already), didn’t salt it, and sliced the cucumbers with the slicy bit of the cheesegrater (never used that before!). This worked much better, I thought.

Cuked by Alix

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