For today’s Seasonal Recipe Round-Up featuring cucumbers, I’m pleased to look back in time and pull out a set of delicious recipes using fresh, seasonal, summer cucumbers. You’ll probably notice that most of these recipes have a Mediterranean bent. That’s because I grew up eating these foods, and cucumbers are a large part of the cuisine.
When you have cucumbers coming out your ears, these recipes will help you use them up without being bored.
Mediterranean Cucumber-Tomato-Mint Salad. I make this a lot during the summer when tomatoes are in season, too!
Cucumber-Tomato Salad with Kefir (or Yogurt). Same idea as above, but toss the salad in yogurt or kefir instead of olive oil and lemon juice. Season with dill or basil, sea salt and pepper.
Cucumber-Yogurt (or Kefir) Salad. Mmmm… garlicky, salty, and tangy.
Quinoa Garden Salad. Using the dump method (dump all ingredients in bowl and toss), this salad lets you use everything your garden (or market) produces!
Cucumber Sandwiches! My sourdough pocket bread comes from the Sourdough eCourse or Sourdough A to Z eBook. Load the halves up with hummus or kefir/yogurt cheese and cucumbers and tomatoes. Or what about my mom’s award-winning falafel, tahini sauce, and cucumbers? Any way you fill them, they’re delicious!
Garlic-Dill Pickles. You can find these crispy, flavorful, old-fashioned pickles in my online Lacto-Fermentation eCourse or inside my book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fermenting Foods. The best pickles — ever. Two weeks ago, I ate the last one saved over from last summer’s fermenting. It was crisp, cold, garlicky delish. I’m still salivating over it and long to make more. Come on, pickling cucumbers!
Well, now I’ve made myself hungry for cucumbers. How about you? But my cucumber plants are still babies, though they have a few blossoms. How are yours doing?
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