Thursday, June 11, 2009

Spicy, Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad

A simple, but tasty southern favorite, this cucumber salad is made of very thinly sliced fresh cucumbers and is dressed with a boiled sweet and sour vinegar dressing.

Spicy, Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad

Just as the name says, this is a spicy cucumber salad with a boiled sweet and sour dressing made with vinegar and sugar. If you prefer not to have the heat, just eliminate the red pepper flakes, and, if you like things more on the sweet side, just use equal parts vinegar and sugar, or adjust the sugar up according to your taste.

Hungry for more? Check out the other two cucumber salad posts I just put up - Fire 'n Ice Summer Salad and Simple Summer Salad. With summer veggies at their peak I think you'll enjoy having a wide variety of salads!

Recipe: Spicy, Sweet & Sour Cucumber Salad

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 40 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings


Ingredients
  • 3 medium sized cucumbers
  • Couple pinches of kosher salt
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Couple of dashes of dried basil
  • Couple of dashes of dried parsley
Instructions

Peel the cucumbers and slice into very thin rounds. Sprinkle with salt and let stand for at least 30 minutes. This will draw moisture out of the cucumbers. Drain the cucumbers, place into a clean kitchen towel and squeeze all of the excess liquid out. Place the cucumbers into a glass bowl.

Cut the onion in half and slice each half into very thin slices. Add to the cucumbers, add pepper and toss.

Bring the vinegar and sugar to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Whisk in the pepper flakes, basil and parsley and pour the hot sugar mixture directly over the cucumbers and onion; stir. Allow to marinate in the fridge or at room temperature for at least an hour before serving.

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12 comments:

  1. This is so weird, last week at work I was asking the girls if they ever had this salad. Nobody knew what I was talking about!! My mom used to make this all the time!! Bookmarking!!

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  2. :) You know... I find that food bloggers are often thinking about the same foods at the same time. Sometimes I will make something with the intent of posting it in a couple of days, and another blogger will post a very similar recipe that very day that I made it too!

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  3. I love cucumber salads. This one I will try!

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  4. This one is more tart than the other Fire 'n Ice one, so if you want it sweeter increase the sugar a bit. Enjoy!!

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  5. Hi Mary! I made this last night to serve to some guests we are having this afternoon..... I couldn't wait to try it out first thing this morning lol. DELISH!! It's going to be the perfect side for some grilled chicken. Next gathering I will be trying the Fire N Ice. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  6. Hi Mary! I made this last night to serve to some guests we are having this afternoon..... I couldn't wait to try it out first thing this morning lol. DELISH!! It's going to be the perfect side for some grilled chicken. Next gathering I will be trying the Fire N Ice. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  7. You're welcome Robin! I think you'll really like the Fire 'n Ice salad for sure. Enjoy!

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  8. I made these yesterday and I cannot stay out of them. This is the easiest, yummiest recipe and thank you so much for sharing. I have loved everything of yours I have tried...

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  9. Thank you so much Amy - I'm so glad that you are enjoying the recipes!! Thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment - it means so much to me!!

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  10. I have since i can remember made cucumbers and onion salad with oil and vinegar I remember my Grandmother would make a simalar salad but she used sour cream, any which way this is my Hubby's fav. sometimes i will add fresh tomatoes FRESH ONLY and maybe some sliced celery. Its all good in the marinade yummy.

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  11. Do you rinse off the cukes after salting them?

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    1. I do not, although it really is only a couple of pinches of salt. Drain then squeeze out excess water.

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