Our Cucumbers have been prolific this year. The vines are growing into the surrounding trees. Time to start making some of our favorite cucumber salad recipes to enjoy with freshly harvested cukes. We have updated these recipes photos since 2009.
One of the most important things I have learned so far with this garden is to be sure and know what varieties I have planted. More importantly the harvest information.
I was thrilled to see my first baby cucumbers emerge on the vine. I remember the cucumbers from the picture of the seed packet, they looked pretty long. Well, I harvested my first cucumber recently and I had waited and waited thinking it looked like those in the grocery store. I cut into it and the seeds were really large and plentiful.
I immediately went looking for the seed packet, that I, fortunately, keep in a plastic container in the greenhouse, even if they are empty. I reread the plant information and found that they should be harvested at 3 to 5 inches. Well, the ones since then have been amazing. I could eat the whole thing right off the vine.
Two of Our Favorite Cucumber Salad Recipes
We like to enjoy our cucumbers along with some grape tomatoes that have been plentiful as well.
Here are a few of my favorite ways to eat up these great summer vegetables.
Simple Tomato Salad Recipe
1/4 cup vinegar-I use Rice vinegar-unseasoned.
1-2 tablespoons of sugar
1/4 tsp celery seed
1-2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced
1/4 Sweet Onion, thinly sliced
Peel and thinly slice the cucumbers. For overly large cucumbers we suggest peeling the skin because they are tough. If there are large seeds, you can cut out the seeds as well.
Salt the cucumbers and allow them to sit for 1/2 hour.
Rinse and Drain the cucumbers.
For Marinade, combine in a covered container 1/4 cup vinegar-I use Rice vinegar-unseasoned.
1-2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 tsp celery seed (if you don’t have it you can exclude it)
Simply cut 1 or 2 cucumbers-depends on the size in half. Then slice thinly.
Add 1/4 of onion thinly sliced, Toss veggies in marinade and allow to sit in the refrigerator for 2 hrs or up to 5 days. Stirring occasionally.
PRO TIP: Just add more veggies to the liquid as you go along. You often run out of vegetables b/f the marinade so I simply add more veggies as I harvest them.
Cucumber Salad Tomato Recipe
1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes
Simply slice up a cucumber and some red onion. Place in a bowl. Add 1 cup of cherry tomatoes-slice in half if large. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of your favorite vinaigrette.