The cucumbers are being harvested at my house.
For me, one of the true pleasure of summer is getting fresh vegetables from the garden. Cucumbers are always the first vegetable to make an appearance. When we have a cool, wet summer like this one, the crop is plentiful. Below is a picture of my picnic table with a fresh supply of cucs from the garden. We pick six or seven tender, sweet cucumbers every day.
In a desperate attempt to keep up with the abundant cucumber crop (you can only give away so many) I browsed around for a new way to use some — no, make that a ton — of them. I found this delicious recipe at Kalyn’s Kitchen. This recipe is easy, plus it allows me to use a day’s worth of cucs in one recipe. Win-Win!
Hungarian Cucumber Salad
2 English cucumbers or 3-4 fresh garden cucumbers
2 tsp. fine table salt (for drawing the water out of the cucumbers)
2 garlic cloves, finely minced (more or less to taste)
1/4 cup white wine vinegar (any mild vinegar can be used, but don’t use a sweet vinegar)
1/4 cup sour cream
2 T olive oil
1/2 – 1 tsp. sweet paprika
fresh ground black pepper to taste
Peel and slice the cucumbers. Sprinkle with two teaspoons of salt and allow to sit for about 20 minutes. Drain the cucumbers and remove excess water.
Mix together minced garlic, vinegar, sour cream, olive oil, paprika. Pour over the cucumbers and mix gently with spatula. According to Kalyn, the secret ingredient is the paprika. It really does give the salad a kick. You can more if you think it needs it.
Cucumbers Are Good For You!
Did you know that cucumbers contain Vitamin C and caffeic acid. Both are antioxidants that can help protect skin from sun damage. Studies have shown that Vitamin C boosts collagen and elastic and can help keep skin looking young. The caffeic acid helps protect skin cells from radiation. Cucumbers also contain silica which is essential to connective tissue.
The Hungarian Cucumber Salad is absolutely wonderful. Enjoy!
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