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It’s cucumber season…try this!

In Tips and Hints on July 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Cucumber season is in full swing at my place. We put out a mere three pots of bush cukes and the harvest has begun in earnest. That means cucumbers are now a huge part of our dining experience. Fattoush and Israeli-style salads frequently stand “front and center” at mealtimes and we’re always looking for a new way to use cukes.

At about the same time as the arrival of cucumbers, my crop of basil begins to overflow its windowbox. The dehydrator runs 24/7 to keep up with the flow of mint, basil, oregano, and sage.

So, if you find yourself Blessed with an abundance of homegrown cukes and basil…here’s a great way to use it:

Dice up seeded cucumbers into a small dice. Mince a little onion and garlic into them. Add a diced tomato if you like and a bit of minced fresh chili or jalapeno for some zip. Now, drizzle your salad with mirin and rice vinegar to your taste. Mirin has a wonderfully sweet tone and the rice vinegar has its own salty-sweet flavors. Chop up a few leaves of fresh basil and add those. Toss gently and serve.

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