This flavor packed cucumber salad has just a little “BAM”. Another easy recipe to save to your collection of must-try. I have a hunch that once you try these delicious snacking cucumbers, you will make them again and again.
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Zesty Marinating Dressing
This zesty dressing can be used to marinate the cucumbers and other vegetables. Or, if you are like me, they only get a chance to marinate about 5 minutes! I know they will be better if I do let them marinate for a few hours.
However, when I get home from work, this is a quick and easy recipe. I am so hungry and this is so good that I sometimes; eat the whole bowl as a meal, and don’t wait for the marinate to do its magic
Believe me. This cucumber salad is Yummy.
Marinated cucumber salad is a delicious complement to almost any meal. Especially in the summer when the produce is abundant.
Flavor Packed Cucumber Salad with a Little “BAM”
This salad is a little bit sweet, salty, acidic, tangy, and has a smidge of heat. The combination of spices is easy and these are pantry staples in my home; therefore, this recipe can be whipped up in jiffy at my house. Well, as long as I have the fresh veggies.
So many flavors exciting the taste buds.
This recipe can be made with just cucumbers too!
Bring this tasty and easy salad to your next picnic and make sure that you are ready to tell others how you made it. I bet you will be taking home an empty container. That is always a good sign of a great recipe.
Cucumbers are high in water and low in calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium.
Pole Cucumbers versus English Cucumbers
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Pole Cucumbers are often found year-round in our local grocery stores. While I have used these in many recipes and salads, they are not my first choice. Why? Because these are waxy, thick-skinned, extra watery, and a little bitter. I find that if I don’t remove the outer skin, their bitterness can take over a recipe.
However, when the skin is removed, then they are a bit bland. Therefore, they are not my first choice.
I will get them if there is nothing else or they are the freshest cucumber in the store. Often those cucumbers I will peel, cut in half, and cut out the seeds as I think the seeds are too big for my preference.
On the other hand, if there are fresh English cucumbers near by, I grab those instead.
Why Do I Like English Cucumbers?
English Cucumbers; I just happen to like them better because they have a thinner skin, smaller seeds, and are a bit crunchier than the Pole Cucumber. There is also like the uniformity of the cucumber.
The English cucumber has a thin layer of plastic to protect it. I believe that is to protect it a bit more because the skin is a bit thin. Sometimes I peel them and other times, I do not peel the cukes. This cucumber is less bitter; therefore, they are perfect for salads or this delicious recipe.
A Quick Word about Rice Vinegar
You can certainly substitute out the rice vinegar for apple cider vinegar in this recipe; however, I think that the apple cider vinegar kind of takes over the recipe flavors. Therefore, I prefer the rice vinegar in this recipe. If you are not familiar with rice vinegar, this is the kind that I use. I am able to purchase it at my local grocery store.
Flavor Packed Cucumber Salad with a Little “BAM”
- 1 Cucumber I use English cucumbers if I have them.
- 1/2 Tsp. freshly Squeezed Lemon
- 1 Tsp. Olive Oil
- 1 Tsp. Rice Vinegar
- 1 Tbl. Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 Tsp. Chili Powder
- To taste Salt about 1/8 Tsp.
- To taste Pepper about 1/8 Tsp.
- 1/2 Cup Tomatoes I like cherry tomatoes or diced tomatoes
- 1/2 Cup Onion I like to use Sweet Vidalia Onion if I have that. Red or Yellow onion work too.
- Either fully or partially peel the cucumber and slice. I use one whole English cucumber for this recipe if I have it on hand. Put this in a medium sized bowl so you can mix the ingredients easily.
- Add the lemon, olive oil, rice vinegar, sugar, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Mix and if you can, let marinate 2 hours before eating so the dressing has a chance to do its magic. Serve.
- This can be made with just the cucumber, or you can add tomatoes and onions for even more flavor. We enjoy this salad both ways.
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You can find Victoria crocheting, quilting, and creating recipes. She has worked in restaurants for many years. Her many crochet patterns and quilt patterns are enjoyed by many. In her professional career, she has worked in management in a wide variety of businesses including higher education as a dean of a division. All the while attending college part-time to achieve her doctorate in higher education with an emphasis in e-learning.