Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day Cucumber Mint Salad

The weather has really warming up here in the Northeastern United States. It is hard te believe that the temperature is supposed to drop around 30 degrees  tonight with a frost warning given this beautiful Mother's Day weather.

There is still time to get a quick barbecue in before it starts to cool down and I am lucky enough to have my own Mom coming over to celebrate with us. And, I am really lucky to spend it with my own two awesome kids.

I do all sorts of variations of cucumber salads.  It is, I believe, the only vegetable that the entire family can agree on!

I hope all of you Mom's out there are having as good a day as I am.  Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful Mom's out there!

Cucumber Mint Salad

1 1/2 English hothouse cucumbers, sliced thin
2 1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 small red onion, sliced thin*
4 tbsp champagne vinegar vinaigrette**
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Allow to sit approximately an hour before serving.

*You may want to soak the onion in water before using. This will lessen the bite. If you do this be sure to drain them well and dry them before putting in the salad.

**You may use whatever vinaigrette you prefer. I keep it simple by using about 1 part champagne vinegar and 2 parts extra virgin olive oil. I would not recommend using a dark (balsamic) vinegar or red wine vinegar as the cucumbers will become discolored.

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